La Aurora has announced plans to release the latest installment of its Hors d’Age line, the La Aurora Preferidos Hors d’Age 2022 LE.

The cigar uses an Ecuadorian wrapper and binder, while the filler tobaccos come from the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Nicaragua. Every leaf in the blend has been aged for at least 12 years, according to the company, a combination of time and tobacco that gives the cigar “a harmonized beauty filled with spicy notes complemented by delicate flavors,” with the company noting that wood, cinnamon, nuts, citrus, and roasted coffee make appearances between the flavor and finish.

“From seed to cigar, the journey for this release began 12 years ago,” said Manuel Inoa, master blender of La Aurora. “As a result, we named it Hors d’Age which is taken from the French cognac designation, literally translating to ‘beyond age.’ And just as Hors d’Age cognac is arguably some of the highest quality cognac in the world due to its age, we set out to create an annual release that was also of the highest quality thanks to expert aging and blending.”

It is offered in a 5 3/4 x 54 toro vitola priced at $30 per cigar and offered in boxes of 15 cigars priced at $450. It’s also a very limited edition, with just 650 boxes produced by the La Aurora Cigar Factory. The cigars are currently scheduled to ship to retailers in late April.

The Hors d’Age Series debuted in 2018 with the Hors d’Age 2017; the following year, the La Aurora released the Hors d’Age 2018. After skipping an Hors d’Age 2019 version, the Hors d’Age 2020 was released in 2022, followed by the Hors d’Age 2021’s release at TPE 2023. While the harvests have changed, the blend and aging requirements have been consistent from release to release.

Images courtesy of La Aurora.

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