Q & A: What is a Preferido?
What is a Preferido?
3/25/15 | by SG of Layton, UT
The word Preferido is a Spanish term meaning “favorite.” It is also the original shape rolled at the La Aurora factory in 1903, which would make the name appropriate for their most premium line of cigars, La Aurora Preferidos. The preferido is a traditional size, taking on the form of a perfecto with the head and foot of the cigar tapering to a point, similar to a torpedo, as the body consists of a thicker center. A cigar with this shape produces a more complex blend, offering a variety of different flavors and strengths, due to the amount of tobacco in the cigar. Choosing a preferido is a good choice if concerned about quality; the shape can only be rolled by the most experienced torcedors.
Review: Tatuaje La Riqueza
#2 Torpedo (5.5" x 52) Excellent. Offered earthy nuances at first, then more robust flavors of spice became noticeable throughout. Maintained an even burn with an easy draw and emitted a milky smoke that had a leathery, cedar-like character. Very rich.
#3 (5.6" x 46) Initial light was very smooth, with the blend drastically increasing in power within a half inch of enjoyment. The burn was cool, and although slightly complex, the flavors remained consistent from start to finish.
#4 (5" x 48) Perfect draw and burn throughout with a good mixture of cedar, earth, and peppery nuances. Notes of earth were more exaggerated over spice, leaving a smooth finish on the palate. First two inches were very complex as the blend become more linear towards the head.
#1 (6.5" x 42) Very complex, with different flavors of spice and pepper changing throughout the burn. This size burned hotter than the others, mostly due to the small ring gauge, and became incredibly robust towards the final three inches. Many flavors of pepper were noticeable in this blend but the rich characteristics seem lost.
#5 (4.4" x 42) Offered a tight draw with a noticeably hot burn. Cigar was very robust, and scratched the back of the throat, as a ton of pepper and spice engulfs the palate. Although a relatively quick smoke, perfect for the winter season, expect more of a full-bodied robust characteristic over a richer, smoother medium-bodied character.