Our line of La Aurora Preferidos Double Figurado cigars made the cut for the list compiled by ‘Cigar Aficionado‘ of ‘Eight intriguing perfectos’. “This blimp-shaped beauty has the look of old-school perfectos, the kind you saw puffed by Mark Twain or Baby Face Finster,” says the article, written by David Savona and published on June 23rd.
It goes on to say, “That’s because this was a shape first rolled in 1903, when La Aurora was founded. The shapes were brought back in the 1990s when Guillermo León, current owner, joined the cigar end of the family business.”
Today, they come in a wide range of wrapper varieties and often in tubes, adds the magazine. Specifically, our Preferidos Doble Figurado line currently consists of six different cigars which bear the name of the wrapper on their packaging and are presented in tubes of different colours:
- La Aurora Preferidos Double Figurado Diamond (black tube): has a Connecticut wrapper, over a binder from Valle del Cibao (Dominican Republic) and tobaccos from Valle del Cibao and Nicaragua in the filler.
- La Aurora Preferidos Double Figurado Emerald (green tube): has a Sumatra wrapper grown in Ecuador, a Cibao Valley binder and filler made up of tobaccos from Cibao Valley, Brazil, Nicaragua and Peru.
- La Aurora Preferidos Double Figurado Sapphire (blue tube): this blend consists of a Connecticut wrapper, Cibao Valley binder and filler from Cibao Valley, Brazil and Cameroon.
- La Aurora Preferidos Double Figurado Platinum: (silver tube): its Cameroon wrapper sits over a Cibao Valley binder and a filler with tobaccos from the Cibao Valley, Brazil and Cameroon.
- La Aurora Preferidos Double Figurado Gold (gold tube): has a Corojo wrapper over a Cibao Valley binder and a filler made with tobaccos from the Cibao Valley, Brazil and Cameroon.
- La Aurora Preferidos Double Figurado Ruby (red tube): has mature Brazilian tobacco in the wrapper, a Cibao Valley binder and filler consisting of tobaccos from the Cibao Valley, Brazil and Cameroon.
They are made with the best selection of leaves, which spend four years in curing and maturation, with an additional year of ageing in rum barrels. In addition, once rolled, they are still rested for six to eight months. The strength of these cigars range from 9 to 6.5.
Perfectos, “interesting and curious” cigars
“Perfectos are interesting, curious smokes, tapered at both ends, and much harder to roll in cigar factories when compared to straight-sided cigars,” explains the author of the article. “Some perfectos gradually swell in the middle while others stay straight and then abruptly tuck in at the foot,” details Savona.
When it comes to smoking them, the magazine notes that, for smokers, this type of cigar may require a bit of patience, as perfectos “take some time to get going and burn past the taper.”
“The shape can sometimes intimidate newer smokers as well, but this isn’t a cigar to be afraid of. When made properly, perfectos represent the very height of the craft, combining the elegance of an older era with the diversity of today’s tobaccos and creativity of modern blenders.”