Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 04 December 2013

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cremocremo classic maduro intrepidus
la aurorala aurora puro vintage 2004


altToday’s review focuses on two interesting stogies - the La Aurora Puro Vintage 2004 and the Cremo Classic Maduro. Will they earn a coveted spot in my go-to-box or will they just be another stamp in my been-there-smoked-that book? Read on to find out!

La Aurora Puro Vintage 2004

You may (or may not) recall hearing the name La Aurora Puro Vintage before - that's because the 2004 version had a predecessor - namely, the 2003. Despite the lack of success (or in spite of it) of the La Aurora Puro Vintage 2003 (the line did not sell out despite being a limited release and can still be found today), the good folks at La Aurora decided to come out with a Vintage 2004 edition, also limited release. A friend of mine, Vin DiCarlo, told me the story of how the tobacco used for the Vintage 2004 was actually from 2004 and cedar aged for five years and that was enough to get me interested, despite the somewhat heady price (we'll discuss that later).

The La Aurora Puro Vintage 2004, like its precursor, is a Salomon, measuring 6 1/4 x 52. It is a smaller cigar than the 2003 model (which was a heavy 7 1/2 x 58 if memory serves). It also deviates in its construction as well. Coming out of the E. Leon Jimenes Tabacalera Factory in the Dominican Republic, the binder and filler are both made of Dominican leaf. The wrapper, meanwhile, is an Ecuadorian Habano. From a strength perspective, it is advertised as medium to full-bodied.

This cigar is certainly pretty to look at if nothing else. Its wrapper falls somewhere in-betwixt the  warm caramel/light chocolate hue. It has a nice, oily sheen that I love to see, and very minimal veins. Its firm to the touch, with no real sponginess to report. You can detect some redness to the color as well. Nice construction all the way through. Hints of aged tobacco and chocolate make up the pre-light aroma.

Unfortunately, sometimes looks can be deceiving. I wouldn't say this cigar fell apart on me, but the draw was not as smooth as I would have expected from such a pricey cigar and it required a good number of touch-ups throughout the hour and a half smoke. For a $16 stogie, I was looking for something a little more. I will say the amount of smoke was nice - spot on in fact, and the ash held up solidly enough.

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