The oldest cigar company in the Dominican Republic is using some pretty old tobaccos in its new limited-edition cigars.
La Aurora is set to release Preferidos Double Barrel Aged and 107 Cosecha 2006, which both feature tobaccos that have been aged for an extended period of time. While 107 Cosecha 2006 will begin arriving at cigar shops in October, Double Barrel Aged won't ship until November.
The tobaccos selected for the Double Barrel Aged blend, like all of the tobacco used in La Aurora's Preferidos, spent a minimum of three years aging inside rum barrels before heading to the rolling gallery. Double Barrel Aged is unique because the cigars are then placed back inside the barrels for an additional 90 days after being rolled.
Those extra-aged cigars consist of a Habano-seed wrapper grown in the Dominican Republic, Dominican binder and a filler mix from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The cigar, which will retail for $22.50 each, will come in one size only—measuring 5 inches by 54 ring gauge—and ship in a bronze tube. Production is said to be limited to 1,500 boxes of eight.
La Aurora has reached back even further for the 107 limited-edition blend, which features vintage-specific tobaccos from 2006. Cosecha 2006 consists of a Habano-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador, Brazilian Mata Fina binder, and filler from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, all of which are said to have been aged for 10 years. The cigars will come in three sizes: Robusto Especial, measuring 5 inches by 54 ring gauge; Corona Gorda Especial, 6 by 47; and Churchill Especial, 7 by 50. Each size is limited to 1,000 boxes of 10 cigars each and will retail between $9 and $11.
Both La Aurora's Preferidos Double Barrel Aged and 107 Cosecha 2006 debuted at the 2016 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show in Las Vegas.