If you were to jump into a time machine and flash back to 2009, you would find a series here on Stogie Review entitled Herf’n Heads. This series was put together by Jerry and Brian to take a standard Joint Review and add a Herf’n feel to it. What it boiled down to was a cigar review filled with side banter.
After the success of our latest Your Questions, My Answers (YQMA), I was in the mood to fire up a cigar and shoot the breeze. The idea struck me to give the old show idea a try, so I reached out to the one Stogie Review member that I knew would most likely be available for an impromptu virtual herf. After a Twitter DM and about ten minutes, we were infront of our computers talking up a storm.
The show was kind of a train wreck (I mean that in the nicest way) in the sense that we jump from talking about our feature cigar, to a random topic, and back to the cigar again. We repeated this process for an hour and twenty four minutes discussing topics like “Golden Rules of Cigar Smoking”, “TV Sets in the B&M Cigar Lounge”, and how Mike managed to rack up nearly $400 in bids on Cigarbid while his wife was away for the weekend (He should have read our Become a Cigar Auction Rock Star article).
Just a little note on the video. Just like with our last episode of YQMA, I made a stupid rookie mistake. After updating Skype and Call Recorder, it appears that my settings were reverted back to default. This resulted in a picture in picture recording instead of the usual side by side. As you will see, my video is contained to small box while Mike takes up the remainder of the space. I don’t think this takes too much away from the video but it will be corrected the next time we record.
After trading a few messages, we determined that one of the very few cigars Mike and I had in common was the La Aurora 100 Años. While we have covered this cigar on several occasions, we had yet to review the Torpedo. The 100 Años is crafted in the Dominican Republic using a Dominican Corojo Wrapper, Dominican Binder, and Dominican grown Corojo and Piloto Cubano fillers.
During the pre-light process, Mike and I began looking over our cigars. Neither of us found visual defects in the wrapper and were pleased with what we saw. The only difference between our cigars was that Mike’s sample had a secondary band showing a serial number while my sample did not. I wasn’t totally surprised by this as my sample came to my courtesy of Jose Blanco, some time ago, for a vertical tasting and may have been older.
Both samples had small veins which did not protrude from the wrapper. These small veins resulted in a smooth texture which felt good in the hand. Once clipped, Mike’s cigar had a free draw while my sample was a bit stiff. This stiff draw remained throughout and was not corrected after clipping an additional two times.
I would imagine that the age of our La Aurora 100 Años attributed to a very linear flavor profile. From start to finish we felt that the base flavor was dry and woody. On occasion we noticed a spiciness through the sinus. Mike picked up a nutty flavor from time to time while I found the cigar to have an interesting occasional red wine aftertaste.
Personally, I found this cigar to be a little on the boring side in comparison to the smaller ring gauge La Aurora 100 Años. The smaller sizes seem to have a richer profile that is more explosive, where as the torpedo was more lackadaisical. As stated before, this could be due to the age of these cigars and the tobaccos marrying their individual flavors into one core flavor.
Aside from the draw problems that I experienced, my La Aurora 100 Años burned beautifully. The ash was light in color, firm, and compacted. The burn line was thin and even. Mike, on the other hand, had some funky burn issues. No matter how many times he touched it up, the cigar continued to burn unevenly. Under the burn line the wrapper was wrinkled in spots.
Unlike my sample, Mike seemed to have an effortless draw. Both cigars produced a good volume of smoke which was dense and coated the palate well. The burn rate seemed about average with the cigar lasting longer than the video run time.
The big question about this cigar is “Is the La Aurora 100 Años worth the money”. This question can be tough to answer. If we are talking about the Torpedo alone, then this is something that neither Mike or myself would purchase. The flavor profile was too straightforward and didn’t deviate enough to keep us interested. The smaller sizes, on the other hand, are cigars that I would easily spend the double digit price tag on. I find the flavors to be richer and more explosive.