This recently released cigar from the Dominican Republic’s oldest producer of cigars hit the stores on April Fools Day. I got mine as a freebie from a local B&M and could barely wait 24 hours to smoke it. Produced in three different sizes (4.5 x 50 Robusto, 5.5 x 54 Toro, and 6.25 x 52 Belicoso), this elegant cigar is slated to quickly become a favorite among discerning smokers.
Appearance: The cover leaf is a well-cured brown, with fine veins, smooth texture, and a suede-like oily sheen. A neat cap is meticulously applied and near seamless.
Pre-light Draw: Once clipped, the 107 reveals an absolutely perfect draw with a distinct sweetness, caramel, and raisin flavors.
First third: Immediately upon torching the foot, a pleasantly sweet aroma fills the air. Initial puffs are full of mild spice- not the “in your face” ligero blast of an Oliva Serie V or a Cain, but a subtle peppery note that will no-doubt appeal to many fans of milder cigars. The smoke is white and ample, billowing easily from the continuing perfect draw. This first part of the cigar reveals an impressive balance of flavor and strength and a razor-sharp burn. Notable flavors include a tea-like Ethiopian coffee character that is very enjoyable.
Second third: Walnut and almond flavors enter the picture in the middle of this smoke. The burn continues to track perfectly producing a very solid medium-gray ash that does not flake. This ash, which denotes the fertile and mineral rich soil that produced this fine cigar, held strong gently falling off at about two inches in length.
Final third: The strength of this smoke increases into its end stages. A very light bitterness began to reveal itself but remained unobtrusively in the background and did not worsen. As the 107 begins to singe thumb and forefinger, some interesting Cognac notes appear.
Overall impression: I will be returning to my local B&M in the very near term to stock up on these beauties. The robusto did not disappoint in any domain and left me anticipating possible new developments in experiencing the other two sizes. This is a very high quality cigar especially considering the relatively inexpensive price-point. Between $6 and $8, depending on size, the 107 grants the experience of a much more expensive cigar. You need to get this into your rotation ASAP as difficulty in stocking these would not be surprising.