La Aurora 1495 Series cigars are made in the Dominican Republic (formerly by Jose Blanco), and are distributed by Miami Cigar Company. These cigars are made with six types of tobacco leaves. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Sumatra, the binder a Dominican Corojo, and the filler consists of a blend of Dominican Corojo and Ligero, Nicaraguan Piloto Cubano, and Peruvian Ligero. The Robusto size that I sampled measured five inches in length with a ring gauge of 50.
The Aurora 1495 Series Robusto is a full bodied cigar, but some may consider it to be medium-to-full when compared to some of those power/flavor bombs that are off the scale. Upon lighting the cigar, I tasted a pleasant rich peppery flavor along with some cedar. After the first few puffs, the pepper taste backed off a bit and cedar became the predominate flavor. The cigar had somewhat of a dry aftertaste, but improved slightly after about 10 minutes. After another ten minutes, the pepper taste reemerged, but it wasn't the same rich pepper taste at the start of the cigar. After another 10 minutes, the cigar became less enjoyable with too much of a dry aftertaste, at least in my opinion. The taste started as a 3½-star smoke, then flirted with a 4-star rating, but then backed off to 3½-stars followed by a weaker 3-star finish.
Draw and Construction
The Aurora 1495 Series Robusto was well-made, had a good draw, even burn, and held a medium-to-long ash. No relights nor touch-up lights were needed during this smoke. It took me 40 minutes to smoke the cigar down to 2¼ inches remaining.
The price of Auroro 1495 Series Robustos range from a low of $26 per five-pack ($5.20 average per stick) to as much as $8.80 for a single cigar. Prices for this brand appear to be inconsistent among retailers, so it pays to shop around. These cigars are not worth almost $9 per stick, in my opinion, but a price of $26 for a five-pack is reasonable if you enjoy fuller bodied cigars. Beginners should probably pass on this one.