The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2004
La Aurora 100 Años Belicoso
The oldest cigarmaker in the Dominican Republic has released its best cigar in years. The Aurora 100 (or Cien) Años is a flavorful masterpiece made entirely from Dominican tobaccos to celebrate 2003, Aurora's 100th year in the business. The cigars have elaborate packaging, individually numbered bands and a resplendent cigar box sealed with wax. Production delays from working the aged Dominican wrapper kept the cigar off the market until 2004. Total production on the 100 Años line will be 400,000 cigars, 125,000 of them belicosos, which measure 6 inches by 52 ring gauge. The company released only 27,000 belicosos in 2004, and will distribute the remainder in 2005 and 2006. The shaped cigar is the best of the 100 Años quartet, with full, rich flavor and a leathery finish.