Day 3: La Aurora

La Aurora Cigar Factory was the highlight of the trip with at least 6 hours spent in this one factory.  We were greeted and guided by Jose Blanco.  Not only were we welcomed in, but were treated like VIP family.  We toured the facility, had another tasting seminar, and were treated to cigars not available to anyone else yet.

 

La Aurora cigar factory:
La Aurora Visit - 01

Rolling cigars:
La Aurora Visit - 02

Bunching cigars:
La Aurora Visit - 03

Jose & Kevin:
La Aurora Visit - 04

Bunching:
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Draw testing:
La Aurora Visit - 06

Jose with pilons of tobacco:
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Pilon of tobacco:
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Humidifying tobacco:
La Aurora Visit - 09

Machine-made cigars:
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Packaging:
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Bundles of La Aurora Preferidos:
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Boxes of 107’s:
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Packing Preferidos:
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Boxes of Guillermo Leon:
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Packaging machine-made cigars:
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Boxes of chocolate-flavored cigars:
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Jose:
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Aging room:
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Aging since November 2003:
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Preferidos aging:
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Bales of tobacco:
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Sorting:
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Destemming:
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Sampling:
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Cutter and matches:
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All 5 samples:
La Aurora Visit - 31

Guillermo Leon – new size – HUGE:
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Jose keeping up with Twitter:
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Presidente beer time:
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Lunch at La Aurora:
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Roland, Annette, and Jose:
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Roland, Kevin, and Jose:
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Paul and Jose:
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Bill and Jose:
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La Aurora 107 Gran Toro – new size:
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Enjoying the new 107:
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Jose:
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Enjoying the new Guillermo Leon:
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Touring the factory:
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Kevin rolling:
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Dale rolling:
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Terry rolling:
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Carl rolling:
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Paul rolling:
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Craig rolling:
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Rose Ann rolling:
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Roland rolling:
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Annette rolling:
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Colin rolling:
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Molly rolling:
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Kevin rolling:
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Luke rolling:
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Bill rolling:
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Cigars rolled by ME:
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Bill and Jose:
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Jose and Carl:
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In Jose Blanco’s office with filled ashtray (ashes from 6500 cigars):
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Guillermo Leon:
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The group with Jose Blanco:
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The group with Guillermo Leon:
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