Today we will be taking a look at a cigar made exclusively for New York State, the La Aurora Broadway Series. In recent months New York was hit with a 75% tobacco tax creating panic and disappointment for a lot of retailers and consumers. In a state like New York, which is a huge market for the cigar industry, it’s important to rally around and support them the best we can. La Aurora created a cigar specifically for the New York state to give their consumers something special in this time of adversity.

The La Aurora Broadway series is a rich, dense looking smoke. It has an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, two binders from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, and the filler blend is made up of Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian tobaccos. As of now the Broadway series is only offered in this one size the Sumo Toro but there may be other sizes in the future.


Lets get to it shall we?

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  • Cigars Reviewed: La Aurora Broadway Series
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: E. León Jimenes Tabacalera
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Binder: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominica Republic, Nicaragua & Peru
  • Size: 5 ¾ Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Vitola: Sumo Toro
  • MSRP: $12.25 (Boxes of 20, $245.00)
  • Number Of Cigars Produced: Regular Production
  • Number of Cigars Smoked for Review: 4

This cigar is well constructed. It has a beautiful dark chocolate wrapper with a reddish tint to it. The cigar is solid with a perfect triple cap, minimal veins and a bit of an oily sheen to it. It had a very smooth feel to it. Overall just a perfectly constructed cigar…


Starting off in the First Third the cigar is extremely flavorful. Almost immediately I get deep flavors of espresso, oak, dark chocolate and a lot of spice and pepper. The finish is long, creamy and sweet with a nice spice and pepper balance. The cigar is medium to full body.

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Coming into the Second Third the cigar switches up a bit and gets very smooth. There is a ton of coffee and cocoa on the beginning of the draw with a nice creamy, leathery transition. The finish is incredibly long with notes of cedar, leather and spice. Towards the end of the second third the spice and pepper dies down considerably but never leaves completely. The draw and burn are perfect.

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Finishing up in the Final Third the cigar Continues on at the same pace with lots of coffee, dark chocolate, and leather. There is a hint of nuts of the finish in the final third which is enjoyable and mixes well with the creaminess and spice that is still present. The key to this cigar is the long flavorful finish, very impressive.

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Final Notes:

  • This had a lot of rich flavors with a full bodied feel. The smoke was very lush and creamy and had a lot of complexity…
  • The finish was the star of the show. It was incredibly long, flavorful and had a perfect spice and pepper balance…
  • The one issue I have with this cigar is the fact that it’s $12.25. I am not sure if creating a cigar that expensive was the right idea in regards to the cigar tax issue. Perhaps a cigar in the $6-8 range would have been more ideal.
  • The Final Smoking Time was 1 hour 35 minutes


The Bottom Line: I really enjoyed this cigar. It tasted like a cross between a 107, Guillermo León and a 1495. It had the spice, pepper and balance of the 107, the flavor profile of the Guillermo León and the complexity of the 1495. Honestly this might be one of my favorite La Aurora cigars, the only slight negative is the price and that’s it… Overall it’s a really great smoke and you should definitely give one a try if you get the chance.

Final Score: 89

Steve Valle

Steve Valle wrote for Smoking Stogie, a precursor to halfwheel, from 2010-2011.