The new times we live in make it difficult to meet with family and friends and make it very difficult to travel from one country to another. This new situation that makes it impossible for our master blender, Manuel Inoa, to go on his already famous trips to several countries, made us look for new formulas to impart his knowledge and make our products known. We have opted for virtual meetings to continue enjoying our great passion.
With this in mind, on May 9th, Manuel Inoa held his first online meeting with cigar lovers. It was an event organized by our distributor in Spain, Davidoff of Geneva Iberia, which was attended virtually by tobacconists and Spanish market fans. The attendees tasted our La Aurora 115 Aniversario cigar in Robusto shape (5×50), in the company of Manuel.
Our master blender explained how he usually smokes a cigar. “First, I look at it and smell it, then I proceed to cutting it. I like to taste it cold, put it in my mouth and feel a preview of what I may feel when I light it. Soda water should be used to cleanse the palate and complement the smoking experience. And coffee beans to clean the nose. Then I proceed to lighting it,” he explained.
Taste and smell, an important duo, according our master blender
He also reminded us that tasting a cigar involves the palate and the sense of smell. Then, he began smoking the cigar that celebrates La Aurora’s 115 years of life. This is a cigar with a Sumatra wrapper grown in Ecuador, a binder from Brazil and a filler of tobaccos from Valle del Cibao (Dominican Republic), Nicaragua and Brazil.
Manuel Inoa accompanied the smoking with our E. León Jimenes 110 Aniversario rum. During the conversation, he talked about the notes that this cigar gives off: dry fruits—such as nuts and almonds—black pepper, honey, tropical fruits, coffee, cocoa, chocolate… And he answered numerous questions from the audience. For those who could not attend or want to remember it, we leave you the video of the event.