Smoke Blog: La Aurora

I sat out with a smoke to do some writing the other night, this time a La Aurora 107 that has been sitting in the humidor for a while. Billed as a medium-to-full body cigar, it boasted a subtly marbled, brown Sun Grown Ecuadorian wrapper and a rich scent. The lion on the wrapper caught my eye, and the cigar shop manager recommended the brand.

I hate to admit I was a bit distracted while smoking this one, as I was rapid fire on the keyboard and banged out most of a chapter while smoking. However, this is a good thing; a sour or overpowering cigar would have been a distraction. I do recall a bit of spice in the flavor, and I would place it more toward the medium side of the strength spectrum. I chalked up re-lighting to the windy evening, and otherwise had no troubles with this fine cigar.

If I spot it in a local humidor, I will definitely grab another.

In a separate note, I finally bit the bullet and picked up some propylene glycol to manage my humidor. I’ve been sticking with distilled water and the standard humidifier pucks, and I still have the gallon of water I purchased a few years ago. However, I’ve been having a hard time managing the humidity level, especially during winter months, and I picked up a Xikar Crystal Jar.

The principle is simple: the crystals absorb moisture, then release it slowly to keep the humidity stable. I’ve had it for about 6 weeks, and it wasn’t until yesterday I had to pour more glycol solution into the jar. The humidification has remained stable through that time, too, without adding extra sponges or a shot glass of water.

I call that a win, and now wonder why I was so stubborn all this time. Sure, it’s a little more expensive, but worth it given I’m protecting some good cigars.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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