Like a well-oiled machine, La Aurora has been pumping out top-notch handmades for generations. Thanks in large part to the foundation laid by Don Fernando, Guillermo Leon’s father, the company has made impressive strides forward. But Don Fernando didn’t just love tobacco, he lived it. Now one of his ‘secret’ blends, at one point reserved exclusively for family and friends, is available to the masses. Without further ado, enter Fernando Leon Family Reserve.
Released by Guillermo Leon in honor of his father, Fernando Leon Family Reserve cigars are truly a special creation. Carefully handcrafted, each cigar employs a feisty Dominican Corojo wrapper overtop an equally hearty Corojo binder. This double Corojo combination conceals a complex bouquet of long-fillers from Brazil, Peru and the Dominican. The end result is a medium-bodied cigar brimming with intricate nuances. Hints of cedar, spice, citrus, coffee, and leather show up for the big dance, as the slow burn unleashes a continual medley of flavors. Exceptionally well made, Fernando Leon smokes as good as it sounds, and is a fine tribute to one of the industry's greats.
Fernando Leon Family Reserve received several 90-ratings, including a well-deserved '93,' which noted, "Delicious combinations of raisin, hearty leather and spice flavor are buttressed by rich cocoa and mineral notes. A complex and balanced cigar."
As a long time CI and cigar fan I wanted to express my love of this cigar. Although I buy 95% of my cigars from CI I bought a box of these cigars while on a tour of La Aurora while in the Dominican Republic. Eugene, the tour director at La Aurora, was smoking this cigar while conducting the tour. I figured if it was something that he liked, since he can smoke anything he likes, especially after leading tours for 25 years, it must be great. It is. This is an exceptional cigar, one that I would put up against the best of Fuente, Padron etc., I'm only sorry that I only bought one box...