Lancero, 7 x 40
Country: Dominican Republic
|Cigar age||1 yr. 6.5 mo.|
BACKGROUND: Today’s postscript review will showcase the La Aurora 107 Lancero. I first featured this cigar in Episode 248 on Sunday, November 21, 2010. These sticks have been waiting patiently in my humidor for 1 year, 6 months and I pulled out a couple this past week to see how the extra age was affecting the smoking characteristics.
The La Aurora 107 celebrates 107 years of operation of the oldest cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. The 107 was unveiled in 2010 at the annual cigar trade show and convention.
Guillermo León had a specific goal for the 107 Series and that was to bring smokers a medium bodied, richly flavored smoke with a fair amount of spice AND at a very attractive price point. Based on my experience with this cigar, Guillermo has been right on target.
The 107 Series is a 3-country blend using Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, a Dominican binder and an Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper. Since the 107 Series was a special cigar for the company, they took their time in blending it and went through dozens of blends before they were satisfied with the outcome.
I have featured both the Lancero and Robusto on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast and each cigar has its unique characteristics. The 107 Series cigars are packed in boxes of twenty-one (21) and come in four (4) sizes priced from $6 to $8 per stick.
Today's featured Lancero weighs in at 7-inches by 40 ring gauge.
TASTING NOTES: This cigar makes a bold statement right out of the gate. Huge flavors of cedar coat the palate and the nose on the retrohale. There is a savory sweetness that contrasts the notes of espresso and there is a hint of pepper on the finish.
The body on this stick is so thick I can almost chew the flavors and there is a long and satisfying finish of cedar and tobacco sweetness.
One of the first things I've noticed is that an extra year has hardly diminished the intensity of the flavors at all. This Lancero punk'd me big time because I thought it would be rather tame after an extra year of rest. No so, as this cigar is pushing medium-full in body, flavor and strength. No doubt the thinner ring gauge adds to this effect. A higher wrapper to filler ratio in thinner ring gauge cigars means that the wrapper leaf, which is usually a special part of the blend, will exert more influence on the overall flavor of the cigar.
The draw on this stick is very smooth and I was able to pull tons of smoke through the cigar with each puff. The light gray ash was slightly flaky and tended to want to fall off unexpectedly. The burn line, though slightly blistered, was even throughout the smoke.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I have been impressed with this cigar since it debuted back in 2010. It is jammed packed with flavor and is sure to please experienced cigar smokers who like full flavored sticks. This is one delicious cigar that is well-constructed and a pleasure to smoke.
I can recommend box purchases for the 107 Lancero because they have nearly a year and a half of aging in my humidor and are still going strong. This means you should be able to let these sit for an extended aging without fear that they will lose their luster. At a price of under $6.50 per cigar, this is an easy recommendation that should fit most anyone's pocketbook.
These cigars have been stored in my Vanderburg Limited Edition desktop humidor. The granite floor in the humidor keeps the temperature stable and the superabsorbent polymer humidification keeps the %RH in the ideal range.
This is the second and final review of these sticks, which have now been aging in my humidor for 1 year, 6.5 months.
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