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Wednesday, 06 October 2010

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There is little to criticize in terms of the cigar's burn. It produces very long ash that is gray in color. The draw is as good as one could hope for as well. The burn stays even on its own, and the cigar does not need any help in staying lit. As always, it's a joy to not have to babysit and maintain a cigar while you smoke.

In terms of flavors, the La Reloba Sumatra Robusto is a hit. There is plenty of complexity that makes the entire smoking experience enjoyable until the end. Cedar and pepper are the first flavors that are noticeable, and the pepper has a bit of a kick to it. The flavor then transitions into a smoother mix of coffee and leather. A very creamy note changes up the profile entirely, and the final flavor is that of wood.

In all aspects, the Sumatra Robusto is solid. It looks good, is constructed well, burns nicely, and has a great combination of flavors. Perhaps its best aspect, however, is the fact that it is affordably priced. You can find singles for around $5 each, and the cigars also come packaged in quantities of five or 25. That price is reasonable considering the cigar's quality and the experience it provides. It also makes the Sumatra Robusto a worthy candidate as a daily cigar. Beginners could find it to be a tad strong, but it is not too overwhelming to disregard. Experienced smokers, meanwhile, should find that it has just enough strength to stray from the underwhelming side.

The La Reloba Sumatra Robusto's combination of quality and value earn it a rating of 3.5 out of four stars.

La Aurora Puro Vintage 2003 Salomon

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La Aurora's Puro Vintage 2003 line was introduced in 2008. The tobacco used for these special cigars was harvested in 2003, which is 100 years after the brand was started. With only 12,000 cigars produced, the Puro Vintage 2003 is an extremely limited edition.

The Salomon vitola of the Puro Vintage 2003 line measures 7 1/2x 58. La Aurora does list one additional size on their website: the 7 x 47 Pendiente. The cigar's filler and binder are composed of special Dominican tobacco from a 2003 harvest. Completing the Salomon is an Ecuadorian Sun-grown wrapper that was also harvested in 2003. All of the tobacco used in the creation of the Vintage 2003 was aged in cedar for five years prior to being rolled in the Dominican Republic. Strength-wise, this stick is said to fall in between the medium and full-bodied categories.






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