Then you enter the building where the main cigar-making operation is. Immediately you sense the rich 100+ year history. Really, this place inside is just a boutique, relatively low-production operation - from the size and look alone it is immediately clear that the focus is primarily on quality and not volume. I'd estimate just 50-60 pairs at work, bunchers and rollers plying their craft. They focus on a few brands: Leon Jimenes, a marvel of consistency; La Aurora, a wonderful, Cameroon-wrapped sleeper of a blend; 100 Anos, their celebrated, powerful anniversary blend; and of course Preferidos, the ultra-premium perfecto-shaped beauties. Despite these great blends and a nice portfolio of top ratings, La Aurora's brands are really somewhat underappreciated, blends that somehow don't seem to get the acclaim and PR you'd think they would given both the acclaim and substance behind them.
With that backdrop, in comes Pueblo Dominicano, re-released in mid-2005. In keeping with La Aurora's style, Pueblo is somewhat low-key - even the printed rings and packaging, while lovely and elegant, are simple and understated. The cigars themselves are very appealing visually - the wrapper is a mottled sun-grown leaf with a gorgeous sheen and somewhat marbleized appearance. I've noticed a slight bit of wrapper color variation from box to box, with some being slightly darker and some more of a chestnut-brown color. Different sizes within a given blend, of course, often taste different. But interestingly, the two sizes of Pueblo Dominicano - a churchill-sized Ambassador and a Torpedo - are very different in my experience. The Ambassador is right at medium-bodied in strength - a very cool, smooth-smoking cigar with pronounced leathery and buttery flavors, building up to a more rich, robust final 1/3rd. The Torpedo on the other hand is borderline full-bodied - a spicy opening, long, lingering finish, and very feisty, complex and intense flavor profile all the way to the nub.
My recommendation: Do it. Early and often.