La Aurora 1495
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ABOUTLa Aurora 1495
This is the basic La Aurora 1495 with the usual excellent Cameroon wrapper, not the extra-special leaf harvested in 1994. Don’t feel cheated. While there were only 18,000 of the 1994s made because of the limited harvest that year, there are plenty of the standard 1495s to go around.
The La Aurora 1495 is hand rolled in the Dominican Republic, as are all the brand’s cigars. This point of origin denotes expert construction. The “1495” marks the year in which Christopher Columbus and his crew landed on the island of Hispaniola and discovered the native inhabitants smoking their prototypic cigars, or “cao.” Cigar lore runs deep on this island.
In conjunction with this, the 1495 offers a tasty Ecuadorian Sumatra sungrown wrapper surrounding a blended filler comprised of Nicaraguan- and Dominican-grown Ligero, Peruvian, and Dominican Piloto Cubano. Even the binder is a sumptuous Dominican Corojo, rare and very special. All this complexity delivers a constant kaleidoscope of tastes: earth, leather, pepper, spice, and nuts. Throughout, there is constant stream of cream, wood, and coffee to carry along the other tastes. At the same time, the 1495 is balanced and full-bodied, just what you’d expect of this caliber of cigar.
To fully appreciate the ever-changing sensations, kick back after a satisfying meal, light up a 1495, and sip a glass of a really good wine or a solid Scotch. The La Aurora 1495 will take some concentration to savor the full spectrum of tastes at hand.
Fortunately for the aficionado, the La Aurora 1495 is available in a number of sizes, so there is one that is just right for almost any occasion. In fact, the 5.20 X 42 Corona is a fitting companion during the work day, while the regal 7.00 X 50 Churchill works well as an evening companion.
However, iff you are really seeking something a cut above the rest, search out a box of the rare 1994 version of the La Aurora 1495 mentioned above. These are very scarce, but they are worth having. The 1994 Cameroon wrapper harvest yielded small leaves, undersized for the standard production run. These little gems were set aside for 14 years until a use was found for them. La Aurora decided to make a limited-release Corona using these well-aged leaves, and what a difference those extra years made. The usual robust Cameroon became even stronger, but with a delightful mellowness. Grab a box of these and don’t look back.