It’s been a long time since I lit up a La Aurora stick.
A few years ago they bit themselves in the collective asses by jumping up their prices right about the same time that the federal $1 per stick tax went through. In no time they went from a reasonable proce point to “wtf?!”. I didn’t follow their pricing lead,and apparently noone elserealy did either. You rarely hear about them anymore.
The first tastes are quite the burst. It jumped up and across stronger than I remembered, with a touch of sugary notes and cedar to boot. The draw was almost too open, and I had to moderate myself a bit just to keep from over-huffing.
Before long a bit of heat comes up and some deep sharpness to the blend says hello. these sticks have been sitting for a while (about 3 years), and i certainly didnt expect this much strength. for a while i was thinking that maybe they dried out, but no, the texture and flexibility seems just fine. It’s just a stick that is stringer than the original from sitting fo a while.