A century and almost 2 decades of manufacturing premium cigars goes beyond making you and expect in the industry, it makes you a legend. @laauroracigars is the oldest continuously operating cigar company in the Dominican Republic. And what a cigar to celebrate such an admirable anniversary. The 115th is made of fillers from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Brazil. The binder is also Brazilian and the wrapper is a flavorful Ecuadorian Habano leaf.
Initial Light and first 3rd
– Upon appearance, the 115th tells two stories. The band says high-class elegance fit for the upper crust while the outer leaf details a rustic heavily toiled history with its rough, bumpy texture. I also found the color very interesting, being acorn brown with reddish undertones. The cigar took a second to light due to how well packed it was, but the flavors, once lit, were easy to pick up. It begins with prominent cedar and bread notes but then eases up to more barnyard hay. Lastly, I would like to note a light nuttiness.
– The cigar has an intensifying transition as it consolidates its flavors. It becomes meatier with notes of earth, salt, and a pinch of tart fruit. Few things I noticed is that the burn slows down dramatically compared to the first portion, and secondly, the ventilation tightens up. I had to relight twice in this section of the cigar. The retrohale is black and red pepper giving the cigar incredibly more spice. The 115th is a mature, rich cigar. It’s a cigar that shows attention to detail and blending.
– The profile of the cigar stays the same going into the final sections. The body tilts more to the Full side yet medium to full-on its strength. Slowing down its burn time, it introduces dark bitter chocolate along with more salt and earth. I really enjoy the dark chocolate notes with the salty finish—a great volume of smoke until the very end. The cedar, pepper, and nutty undertones of the cedar remain, making this a complex and flavorful smoking experience.