La Aurora Fernando León Legacy Lancero, among the top 25 cigars of the year according to ‘Halfwheel’

Fernando León Legacy

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La Aurora Fernando León Legacy Lancero is on the list of the best 25 cigars of the year according to the specialist publication ‘Halfwheel’. This cigar is made up of a Dominican Republic wrapper (Corojo) as well as  a Dominican binder, wrapped around a filler of Brazilian and Dominican tobaccos. With a length of 6 7/8″ and a ring gauge of 40, this lancero is available in boxes of ten. It is a limited edition, of which a total of one thousand boxes were released.

“Few companies have gone out of their way to embrace the long and slender vitola known as the lancero quite like La Aurora. This is the ninth different La Aurora lancero we’ve reviewed and it’s one of the company’s best,” stresses Charlie Minato, author of the review of our cigar, ranked 17 in the list.

He continues: “La Aurora likes embracing its past, particularly for the names of its releases. This cigar is made in honour of what would have been the 100th birthday of Fernando León Asensio, who took over his family’s tobacco company and led it for nearly half of a century.”

Legacy Lancero

La Aurora Fernando León Legacy Lancero, made with a corojo wrapper from Don Fernando’s last project

In addition to mentioning the connection between León and this cigar, which the magazine awarded 91 points, Minato explains that before he died, Don Fernando oversaw the company’s efforts to grow the corojo wrapper in Bonao, Dominican Republic. “This cigar uses leaves from the first harvest of that Bonao farm as its wrapper, leaves that were planted before León passed away in 2009,” he notes.

As for the flavour, he mentions that “the nuttiness is the clear star of the show, really shining in the way that it has multiple different textures”. He also detects spices and pepper, which he says “provide a consistent contrast to the nuttiness”. Charlie Minato concludes the review by stating, “If you like lanceros or are hoping to get into them, few companies can rival La Aurora from the depth and breadth of offerings, and that expertise continues to pay off”.

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