La Aurora announces the release of La Aurora Small Batch, a new, limited-edition line that showcases Master Blender Manuel Inoa’s rarer works. The first to be released in the U.S. market will be the Small Batch Lot No. 002, which is aged 15 years.
Each Small Batch limited-edition release has a special story – a selection of leaves and notes that La Aurora crafted specifically for limited editions or other small-scale projects and have treasured in limited quantities in their aging room. As a result, every edition will have an individual format, blend, and unrepeatable tasting notes due to their advanced ages.
“As we make room to explore new blends for our consumers, we are excited to share some of our favorites from Manuel’s past work.” said Guillermo León, President of La Aurora. “In each blend, Manuel demonstrates his experience, talent, and commitment to providing quality products to both new consumers and cigar aficionados.”
“Small Batch is a series that is very special to me. Not only because I created each release, but it is literally in the name. These cigars will only ever exist in small batches: each release features distinct tasting notes, with some having been aged up to 19 years, and are unable to be blended and rolled in large scale quantities,” said Master Blender, Manuel Inoa. “Lot No. 1 was the same blend in a short salomon format, but not available in the U.S. as it sold out immediately in the Dominican Republic. For that reason, we wanted to make all 222 boxes of Lot No. 002 exclusively available to retailers in the U.S. market.”
Small Batch Lot No. 002 is available in a vintage salomon format (6 1/2 X 50/60) that is composed of a Corojo wrapper paired with a Dominican Republic binder and long-filler leaves from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Lot No. 002 has a rotund start, with a predominance of spicy notes of black pepper, it opens up to give way to more complex and delicate flavors at times. The presence of wood is evident throughout the smoke, enriched with bright nuances of cinnamon, nuts, and even citrus tips. The finish is powerful and creamy, at the height of a demanding smoke.
“Lot No. 002 is particularly dear to me as it features the salomon shape, which is one of the most difficult to roll, and we entrusted only our most expert rollers to craft it,” said Manuel. “With the presence of wood notes throughout the 60-minutes smoke time, it makes for a great pairing with strong coffee in the mornings to start your day, or a premium rum or cognac at the end of it.”
Lot No. 002 will be available in dress boxes of 10 handmade cigars, each aged 15 years. This limited-edition and exclusive cigar release will only be available in 222 boxes and is expected to sell out. Lot No. 002 is expected to hit retail in October (MSRP: $13 per cigar/$130 per box).
Keep an eye out for Lot No. 003 and No. 004, which will bookend 2024, coming out in early and late 2024 respectively.