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“These are great cigars (Principes by La Aurora) for when you don't have a lot of time to sit and enjoy a good smoke.”
“First enjoyed these (Principes by La Aurora) in the DR 4 years ago and have been a loyal fan ever since. Great for a quick quality smoke or relaxing with a fine sigle malt after dinner......”
“Me encantan los de vainilla (Principes by La Aurora), son los mejores cigarros.”
“These are fantastic little cigars (Principes by La Aurora)! I was very surprised and pleased with the burn, taste, and consistancy. I will definitley buy more!”
“Principes by La Aurora in the Natural wrap is a great cigar. Give them to someone in the tube and they think they are getting a $5 stick.”
“....you spend more time spiting than smoking!”
“These are not bad (La Aurora Principes) for an inexpensive smoke. Not super consistent but for a short quick smoke not bad at all.”
“I never liked cigars before.. that is until my neighbor turned me on to the La Aurora Principes. Now I'm hooked..and as my luck goes they are always sold out..”
“Well I finished the 3 boxes/75 cigars I had. Must say, I ordered another 3 boxes today simply because I love the size of this cigar. It's right in between a short smoke and a full smoke and I don't look like I'm in the Mafia smoking it at the Country Club. So far I haven't offended any women with the aroma. It lasts about 30 minutes and isn't overpowering or boring. The roll is outstanding.”
“Principes (Principes by La Aurora) natural provide some BIG $$ flavor in a small, inexpensive cigar. Yet another superb CI deal!”
“Principes (Principes by La Aurora)prove that the stuff they sweep off the floor at La Aurora makes better cigars than most of the cigars you pay $3 to $5 for.”
“Just got them (Principes by La Aurora) today - La Aurora has a winner here are you sure that these are the clippings from THE BIG BOYS???
Nice smooth cigar and the size is perfect for me.
Just a hint of vanilla - I am a french vanilla coffee guy any way, no bite and the Tubes make them all the nicer. These babies will go to Disney World and my travel humidor can stay home.
Thanks Again C/I.”
“This is an amazing short cigar! It has a perfect burn, great taste, and the foil really keeps them fresh. This has become my everyday cigar!”
“I'm half-way through yet another order of Principes. These are damn good everyday smokes. Do they stack-up against a Ghurka or a Padron? Hell no! Are they good little smokes that will help you wind-down from work and the kids? Hell yes! When I have the time and opportunity, I spark a high dollar smoke, like a Ghurka. On a night like tonight, when the wife is working, I've just finished feeding the kids, and I'm watching them play with their friends until bath time.... aah, now it's Principe time! Do yourself a favor, guys, and put in an order for 50 or so.”
“I've been on a quest for a decent everyday smoke that meets three criteria: 1) Inexpensive so I can smoke a couple everyday, or not feel guilty if I have to ditch one; 2) Decent quality so it doesn't taste like I'm smoking a dog rocket; and 3) a smaller size so I can smoke it in 20 minutes or less for those occasions when I don't have the time for one of my beloved toros.
Principes hit the mark and then some: They're well under a buck a stick, they taste pretty good and are well made, and I can smoke one in 20 minutes or less. I don't normally smoke Dominican cigars, but these are an exception that I'll be making on a regular basis.
Many a cigar snob or uber rich yahoo may turn up their noses at a cigar that meets such requirements, and that's too bad because they'd be missing-out on an enjoyable smoke. But if you're not a cigar snob or an uber rich yahoo, then take my advice and grab up 50 or so of these little gems - you'll be glad you did. Damn good smokes these are!!
“Been searching for a good, short smoke that's easy on the wallet. Found it! These puppies are just right for the morning ritual or a quick break. Smooth burn and very consistent construction, not at all harsh (like most cheapos) and value plus priced. Very much like the regular La Aurora sticks. Thanks CI!”
“...These are barely a step above machine made malarkey that you can buy at any corner store....”
“They taste like if you were smoking a donuts, if you like the taste of tobacco when you smoke pick something else”
“Wow! My good friend Dan introduced me to these (La Aurora Principes) superb cigars and I've been completly hooked ever since. They are without a doubt the mildest, best drawing, smoke I've ever run across and the price is a great bargan that allows you to enjoy them without the guilt.”
“Straight out of the foil, the Principes Natural has a hint of that odd molasses-sweet taste like one finds in a Swisher or King Edward. I find that this disappears if you remove all the foil wrappers and just put them in a humidor nude for awhile. Then, the flavor actually is fairly pleasant, the body just a hair above mild but not quite a solid medium. A decent everyday cigar for the morning commute or puttering around. I wish they had put them in standard cello instead of the silly foil which incidentally is also a pain to open as it has no pull tab.”
“I got home with my Principes and just had to break one out of the foil and see what they're all about. Man I'm not sure what it is about the foil, but it tasted like it had just been given to me off the rolling table at the factory. It almost felt too wet to light, but it smoked so rich and smooth I thought to myself, so this is what a real cigar tastes like. If La Aurora puts this much quality into an 80 cent stick; I'm gonna have to use some WD 40 to get my wallet open and try some of their $2.00 + versions.”
“These little cigars are great! Panatelas would be cool. I'd also like to try the other flavors besides the Naturals! Thanks C.I.!”
“I am very apprehensive about trying a new "value" cigar, but decided to give these a try. These little smokes are worth each of the few pennies you'll pay for them. Sure, I had to spit a few tobacco clippings, but the flavor and price more than make up for this shortfall. It does fall a bit shy of medium bodied.”
“Ok, so having smoked almost everything La Aurora has to offer(including some one of a kind cigars rolled by Nestor for Rigo Diaz of Miami Cigars and Jose Blanco,) I decided to put my faith in their outstanding quality and try these machine mades. I bought the 75ct. deal here on CI and let me tell you, it's a purchase I don't regret. These little guys pack some serious and complex flavor in a small cigar that, for the price, makes the perfect "no-guilt" any time smoke. This cigar is truly a work of art for a machine made mass produced stick with notes of cedar, leather, earth, and a little pepper in the last 2/3. I get some of the same cedary/peppery flavor notes as the La Aurora 1495 and the smoothness from the Leon Jimenes line. Overall I'm extremely impressed by the price/quality of this smoke and highly recommend you go out on a limb and grab them while they're in stock.”
“I was a little skeptical about ordering these, but I am happy I did! Getting ready to order my next box. I was surprised how good they were, lots of flavor, and excellent burn. I have shared these with friends (at this price you can afford to share!) and they were a big hit. I unwrapped the cigars and told them I was trying a new brand and wanted feedback. Needless to say several of my buddies have already ordered them! Keep up the good work CI”
“I was at a resort in the DR and asked for a recommendation by the proprietor. This is what he recommended. Great everyday smoke, sometimes inconsistent but well worth the price. I will be ordering more. Echo all the other positives.”
“Needed a cheap everyday smoke and man did I find it! The coolest thing about these are the real leaf wrapper, the pre-cut, non-drilled ends, and the tightness of the cigar itself. The taste is enjoyable but not sophisticated but thats what I expected. Buy these if you are looking for a box a cheapies, you can't go wrong!”
“I recently placed a large order for inexpensive cigars, and included was one box of natural Principes. I have come to enjoy a lot of cheap cigars, including a number of machine made smokes. Chief among these are Marsh Wheeling Deluxe, Parodi King, De Nobili Tosconi Long, Avantis, Muniemakers, and Antonio y Cleopatra Grenadiers in the candella wrapper. Add to the list, very near the top, Principes.
These have a good, honest cigar flavor. It is by no means exquisite, but it is solid, uncomplicated, and enjoyable. Being made with trimmings from La Aurora's premium blends and a natural wrapper, they have a predominantly traditional flavor, but the homogenized binder add a minor "machine made" flavor. This is extremely subtle, to the point of barely being worth mentioning. I prefer the Marsh Wheeling, Muniemakers, and Parodi, but the price of the Principes is more along the lines of what you might pay for a Phillie or Swisher Sweet, yet with a far, far better flavor.
Out of the first ten or so, one of them was packaged without being given a wrapper. That is, it had filler and binder, but no natural wrapper leaf like the others. Considering it cost me less than 75 cents, this wasn't a big deal. I've not heard of this happening with other folks, so it may very well be an exceptionally rare mistake. The cigar, apart from being squishy around the "cap" end, still smoked well and tasted fairly similar to the others, but with a less solid traditional cigar flavor.
The major drawback to these is since they are short filler and precut to allow an open draw like you'd find with a good premium smoke, they can burn fast and hot if you puff on them too frequently. You CAN smoke one of these in 15-20 minutes, but if you do you sacrifice the cool smoke and mellow flavor. If you smoke slowly and deliberately, you'll get a razor sharp burn and a very pleasant 30-40 minute smoke. These are mild-medium, and I find them more on the medium end.
There are machine made cigars I enjoy more, but only slightly more. Given the price of these, at under 70 cents a piece, these are the single best value I've found to date. They do have a slightly sweet flavor, but it isn't a major feature in my experience with them so far. I've smoked three of them today, and thoroughly enjoyed each.
If I get through the box and still think as highly of them as I do currently, I will not hesitate in the least to buy another box or two. I might even, purely out of curiosity, try a flavored variety in addition.
I wish that CI would sell 5 packs of these because I avoided trying these for a VERY long time because until recently my experience with White Owl, Phillies, and Swisher Sweets had me very hesitant to order these. 55 cigars is a large commitment if you don't know you'll like them. But I'm glad I did. Gamble on this one and you may find you like them very much. For 60 some cents a piece, even if you don't like them they will be good for passing out to friends who just want something to smoke over a game of cards or checkers, while watching a game, or fishing or whatever you do for fun. I regret not having tried these sooner; when I still smoked cigars more often than my pipes, I could have saved a lot of money compared to buying value priced handmades like Flor de Oliva. They won't completely replace my premium cigars, but the will sure make up a large portion of what I smoke from here on out, and with the exception of overruns and seconds, I think they (and other good machine made cigars) will completely replace the economy hand mades”
“Great Price for an excellent daily smoke. Smooth, well packaged with a superb aroma in every puff.”
“This is one great little cigar. I love 'em”
“This is an excellent cigar! Smooth and flavorful, a really nice smoke!”
“Great little cigars, priced right.”
“I truly enjoy these cigars! When I saw how they were packaged...the appreciation increased! The draw was pleasant, the even burn was pleasing. I would order these as a "filler" for the auto-shipment to arrive...knowing full well that they would last me until then. I consider these as a "staple." To have until the order arrives. And still feel that it was money well spent!”