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Visit to La Aurora Factory in the framework of the Procigar Festival

The latest edition of the Procigar Festival, held from 18 to 23 February, was once again a wonderful experience for both organizers and attendees, perfectly combining, again, training activities and entertainment. Cigar manufacturers, retailers and consumers enjoyed the opportunity to talk, smoke and spend time together in this annual meeting of the tobacco sector held in the Dominican Republic.

In the festival agenda, along with the gala dinners and the auction in which funds for a nonprofit organization have been collected, attendees were able to visit the most important tobacco plantations and cigar factories in the country. In the case of La Aurora Cigars, the visits to our factory were made on 22 and 23 February, where, besides explaining the whole process of making cigars, there was also a blending seminar.

In these tours around the La Aurora Cigars factory, we must highlight the presence of the former American basketball player Karl Malone, who played 19 seasons in the NBA and won two gold medals in the Olympic Games, among other sports milestones. La Aurora Cigars offered him a basketball signed by over 200 workers of the company involved in his personal project.

“It is for the whole La Aurora team, that will be involved in your personal project, a pleasure to offer you this acknowledgement that symbolizes the passion and joy we all feel for being able to share one of your many hobbies with you”, said the President of La Aurora, Guillermo León, during the basketball award ceremony to Karl Malone.

In the following video, we can see a summary of the factory tours held during the Procigar Festival, where attendees had the opportunity to, among other things, learn at first-hand the manufacturing process of our latest cigar, La Aurora ADN Dominicano—from working the tobacco born of the Andullo process to the rolling of the cigar by torcedores (cigar rollers). You can also see how the basketball award ceremony to Karl Malone went.

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Cigars and rum, a perfect match

Smoking a cigar is, per se, an experience packed with sensations perceived with the senses: feeling the cigar through touch, observing the color of the layers and the veins on the leaves, smelling the cigar and appreciating the notes of flavor in the tobacco. If the adventure of tasting a La Aurora cigar is added to the pleasure of savoring another high-quality product as Dominican as our cigars, the sensation could not be more pleasurable.

La Aurora Cigars and Ron Barceló intended to demonstrate how this combination works by deciding to design a joint tasting program for cigars and rum, ‘The Perfect Match’. The initiative, that takes place in various locations of the Dominican Republic, was designed so that lovers of both products can enjoy their combination. In each event, participants can experience the matching of three types of cigars and three kinds of rum, by the hands of one of the Brand Ambassadors from the tobacco company and a Master from the rum company.

The event consists of matching cigars La Aurora 107, La Aurora 1903 Edition Black Diamond (Preferidos) and La Aurora 1903 Ruby Edition (Preferidos) with rum Barceló Imperial, Barceló Imperial Onyx and Barceló Imperial Premium Blend in the best restaurants and cigar lounges of the country.

The latest tasting events were held this year, on January 24 at Deck Bar Lounge, in Santo Domingo; Wednesday, on February 7 at the restaurant Zutros, in Santo Domingo East side; and Friday, on February 16, in the Nautical Club of Santo Domingo.

After these events, there are still 10 cigars and rum match-tasting in Santo Domingo; another one in Santiago, one in La Romana and yet another in Bávaro. This joint tasting of La Aurora and Ron Barceló has been held since last year, when a total of 11 events of this type were held between April and November.


From the cigars used in the tasting with rum, La Aurora 107 stands out for being a mild cigar at the beginning, and somewhat spicy, with a strength that increases to a medium-strong level. With very typical flavors, a deep aroma of cocoa and spices and a sweet tip, its wrapper is grown in the sun in Ecuador, giving it a rustic appearance, but also a natural color. The capote (binding leaf) is Dominican, from Valle del Cibao, and the filler is aged for six years and is composed of tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Brazil and Peru.

On the other hand, La Aurora 1903 Edition Ruby and Black Diamond (Preferidos) are part of an edition of six cigars manufactured in the scope of the centennial tradition of La Aurora, with different mixtures of tobacco, but with an equal shape and limited production, since La Aurora invests a minimum of eight years in the making of each of these cigars and because a skilled cigar maker can only make 100 of these cigars a day.

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La Aurora brings a Special Edition of cigars and a modern humidor to Procigar

Ever since the Asociación de Fabricantes de Cigarros Dominicanos (Procigar) organized a festival dedicated to cigar lovers for the first time in 2008, La Aurora has never missed the event. In this eleventh edition, taking place between February 18 and 23 in Santiago de los Caballeros, all three scheduled dinners will include one La Aurora cigar plus a Special Edition. In addition, La Aurora will offer an elegant and modern humidor with 182 cigars for the charity raffle.

The Special Edition La Aurora has created for the event consists in 500 ADN Corona Gorda cigars 6 x 47. This cigar is characterized by the inebriating flavor of Andullo—the tobacco used in this process is difficult to work with and is highly exclusive in cigar manufacturing.

Its strength, inebriating aroma and sweetness, combined with a well-balanced mix, provides a completely exceptional smoking experience. In La Aurora ADN Corona Gorda we may highlight the toasted notes of creamy coffee, as well as the chocolate notes, and the spicy notes that linger through the whole smoke.

Another extremely limited edition that La Aurora will present at the Procigar Festival is La Aurora Hors D’Age toro 6 x 54. The expression Hors d’Age means “beyond time” and this is the category that describes the highest quality products and subject to the highest aging where time is the key to reach the ideal level of perfection.

La Aurora cigars are characterized, among other things, by their aging process. With La Aurora Hors d’Age, the oldest cigar factory in the Dominican Republic takes this process to the limit, extra aging them above all others for a minimum of two years in the aging room, in order to achieve a perfectly balanced mix. The time La Aurora invests in the entire process of making this product spans 12 years before it reaches the hands of the end user.

This cigar has a resounding start, when the spicy notes—with a predominance of black pepper—become evident, and then open up to give way to more complex and delicate flavors. The presence of wood is evident throughout the smoke, but it is enriched with nuances of cinnamon, nuts and cocoa that give a very personal touch to this cigar. The long and creamy aftertaste, along with the aforementioned characteristics, make this cigar a true work of art.

Finally, in the Cena de Blanco (White Dinner) taking place in Monumento de Santiago de los Caballeros, La Aurora will deliver La Aurora 1903 Edition Double Barrel Aged (Preferido). This is one of many cigars in our portfolio, but it has never been released in the Dominican Republic. For years, La Aurora has aged the filler and the capote (binding leaf) in 40-year rum barrels used for its super Premium product lines during a minimum of six months.

Now, all tobaccos in this product line are aged for at least a year so that all the cigars are perfectly homogenized within the barrels, highlighting notes and aromas that allow us to enjoy accents of smoked wood and a few notes of nuts, combined with roasted coffee and vanilla notes and an accent of berries, all of which stress the elegance of a cigar with rich notes of honey and an unrivaled creaminess that comes from the cocoa notes, resulting in a medium to high strength cigar.


As every year, La Aurora participates in the most supportive night of the year in the Procigar Festival. On this occasion, we participate with a humidor that is completely different from previous years—modern looking and made of noble materials. The humidor interior is covered with Spanish cedar wood—even the trays and cigar dividers are made of this wood—and the exterior is made of solid walnut wood.

Its satin lacquer finishing is very elegant. In addition, it holds a thermometer and hygrometer—analog temperature and humidity meters, respectively. The finishing details, like hinges and hardware, are metallic and silver bathed.

The cigars inside this elegant humidor from La Aurora are no other than La Aurora Preferidos Doble Barrel Aged Parejo (64 corona cigars, 48 Toro cigars and 70 Robusto cigars, up to a total of 182 cigars). We are certain that smoking each one of them will remind us of this night, the most solidary night of Procigar.

On Thursday 22 and Friday 23, La Aurora will offer a tour around the factory and a seminar on its products in the framework of the festival. Procigar was born in 1992, created by the most traditional and experienced cigar manufacturers in the Dominican Republic, who have partnered to “defend, protect and disclose the good name of the Cigar Country land, the world’s major Premium cigar exporter”.

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