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Training kit, a tool to make your own cigar tasting at home

To find out how to enjoy smoking a cigar, learning is the best way. Just like in wine or rum tastings, for example, there are tastings meant for savoring and tastings meant to turn you into an expert when it comes to defining the characteristics of a cigar. They serve to learn how to the detect the types of tobacco, the aromas and flavors it releases, or even if it has been rolled properly or there’s a manufacturing fault.

But attending a training class is not always easy, due to lack of time or because it’s not easy to access this type of training course. La Aurora Cigars has design a Training kit, a tool –used in tasting events or in cigar presentations, for example– that allows you to have your own tasting without traveling to a special location, and to understand how the blends are prepared, in order to become an expert.

At first, this training tool for new consumers was created for the tasting of La Aurora 1903 Doble Figurado Emerald (Preferidos). This first model of the Training kit consisted of four pure grade cigars, a multiwrapper cigar, one La Aurora 1903 Doble Figurado Emerald, an instruction booklet and a DVD with tips to optimize smoking, a lighter and a cutter “to allow smokers to perform their own cigar tasting event, without the presence of a brand representative”, as summed up by the President of La Aurora himself, Guillermo León.

La Aurora 1903 Doble Figurado Emerald is a cigar with a tobacco wrapper from Sumatra seed harvested in Ecuador and binding leaf from Valle del Cibao (Dominican Republic) and filler also from Valle del Cibao, with tobacco from Brazil and Ecuador. Later editions of this tool have been released with La Aurora 107 and La Aurora ADN Dominicano cigars. The first one is a cigar with a wrapper of tobacco from Sumatra harvested in Ecuador, binding leaf from Valle del Cibao (Dominican Republic) and filler from Valle del Cibao (Dominican Republic), Brazil, Nicaragua and Peru.

Finally, La Aurora ADN Dominicano has a tobacco wrapper from Valle del Cibao (Dominican Republic), binding leaf from Cameroon (Africa) and filler from Valle del Cibao (Dominican Republic), Pennsylvania (United States), Nicaragua and tobacco originated in the Andullo process. The most interesting aspect in this case is being able to taste a pure grade from the Andullo, given the aroma and the strength provided by this method.

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Do you know La Auroras’s Training Kit?

La Aurora Training Kit is a unique product and absolutely innovative in the tobacco world, which consists of a simple and portable cigar tasting seminar. The box contains four “grado puro” cigars, one La Aurora 1903 Edition Emerald Doble Figurado #3, a multiwrapper cigar, a cutter, a lighter, a booklet of instructions and a DVD of Guillermo Leon, president of the Aurora, with tips to optimize the smoke. La Aurora Training Kit is not a seminar design exclusively to novice smokers, but to all those who want to go deeper into the world of sensory tasting of cigars. Enjoy it!

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A personal experience (Taste it easy)

Attending to seminars or cigar tastings with proffesionals or reading in the magazines the opinion of experts whose well-trained noses are capable to find in a cigar notes and aromas that we are not sometimes can make us feel we are not so good smokers as we thought. Some people’s reaction is to reject these kind of tastings. They say is only marketing, that a cigar taste is just tobacco taste, but after that they choose between one cigar or another and that is quite contradictory, don’t you think so? If tobacco is the only taste, how can you distinguish one cigar from another? Strenght, aroma, draw, notes… They do make the difference.

There is an orthodoxy, of course, that tends to optimize the pleasure of smoking a cigar, but that orthodoxy can not become such a rigid rule that prevents the enjoyment: after all smoking a cigar is a personal experience. There are no two equal cigars because teher are no two equal smokers, circumstances change, the company changes, the moods, the pairings, the weather, the seasons, the atmospheric pressure, if we are on holiday or in a business dinner, even the unknown person that is on our side showing he or she is upset because of the smoke of our cigar changes the taste. Therefore, try to apply a rigid orthodoxy when smoking in all circumstances: it is impossible. Cigar smokers are seekers of moments, and when we found it (something not easy today with so many bans), we feel like grab that moment for us and our cigar, much better if it is in good company, we take it for our personal experience. As the Spanish poet Alvaro Muñoz Robledano says “a cigar is a serving of welfare.” Of course there is a better way to cut the cigar and light it and smoke it, but the real cigar expert is the one who knows how to enjoy it his own way. No deal about this.

La Aurora, a company that has demonstrated innovation capacity since 1903 and that, therefore, has remained in the forefront of the market for 111 years, has just released the 1903 Edition Training Kit. We have explained what is in this forum. Now, Manuel Inoa, Master Blender of the company, is presenting it in the US with a huge success, not only because of his personal charisma, Mani knows always how to gain the sympathy of the smokers, but because the product itself enables the smoker to achieve in an easy and direct way notes and aromas that in a whole cigar often appear twisted into a set of more complex flavors. The personal experience of the 1903 Edition Training Kit has led us to a slogan with a word game that gives meaning to this post: Taste it easy!

Taste it easy! We mean:

1. Relax. You do not need to take out the notes of leather or nuts or whatever to really enjoy your cigar. It is not compulsory;

2. With La Aurora Training Kit we provide you the way for better link your memories with the aromas and you’ll be able to name them … Of course, if you blow out the smoke through your nose.

And remember one thing: Smoking a cigar is a personal experience. Anyone tell you how to do it. Taste it easy !

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