Room 101

Room 101 Conjura Edicion Robusto

Conspiracies and cigars, it turns out that it’s not only Dion Giolito from Illusione that mixes those two together, but in the 2010 limited edition Room 101 Camacho and Matt Booth did that too. The cigars were made at Camacho before the Eiroa family sold it to Davidoff for an insane amount of money (well done Eiroa family!) and were a limited release. And the conspiracy this cigar is referring to is the story about the poisoned cigar that the CIA wanted to give to Fidel Castro.


Now I hope that this multi country blend, with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, an Honduran binder and a Rosado wrapper from an undisclosed country isn’t poisoned, that would mean this would be my last review and there is still so much to write about. So I hope that the 9 years of aging made the poison very ineffective so I can live another day.


The box pressed robusto looks good, nice shape, nice triple cap, good construction. The wrapper doesn’t have the rosado glow though, its just medium brown with a little tooth. The rings are beautiful, the top ring is black and silver with LTD in very curly letters in sliver, conjure edition in white. The secondary ring is silver and black, silver background and a lot of writing in black. Room 101, La Familia, Ciento-Uno, Limitada, Specially blended by Camacho Cigars. The cigar has a nice spicy and herbal aroma, like a vegetable stock cube.


After cutting the cigar I get a great cold draw with a sultana flavor. After lighting I taste a mild dark coffee flavor with a little saltiness. The flavors are quite dry and after a short while I taste wood. After a third I taste a pleasant yet unusual mixture of licorice, peanuts and herbal freshness. Halfway I taste some pepper with a mild musty wood. The musty flavor goes away, I’m stuck with dry wood with some herbs.


The draw is great. The smoke is white, quite thick and a decent volume. The burn is straight. The ash, a bit flaky, is almost white. The cigar is medium full bodied and flavor. The smoke time is almost two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? It’s a nice and unique cigar but not exactly up my alley.

Score: 91
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Room 101 Series SA Robusto

Room 101, that is one of those brands that never really grabbed my attention. I know it is the brand of jewelry designer Matt Booth, who last year said goodbye to the cigar industry just to return a couple of months later in a collaboration with Robert Caldwell. Since the cigars never made it to Europe  I never got in on the Room 101 hype. I don’t know where and how I got this cigar.


The cigar is made in Honduras with a Mexican San Andres natural wrapper, a Honduran binder and filler from both Honduras and the Dominican Republic. If the information I read online is correct, than Christian Eiroa was involved in blending this cigar. I don’t know where the cigars were being rolled though, but I guess at the Camacho factory if Eiroa was involved indeed.


The wrapper is not as dark as you would expect from a San Andres wrapper, but this is not the usual San Andres maduro wrapper, its a natural wrapper. its leathery by look and by touch. The ring is something special, brown with brushed gold, just a face of an ancient Asian statue and the SA letters on the side. The cigar looks good and the head is perfectly rounded. The cigar has a strong smell of barnyard with sawdust.


After cutting the cigar I taste raisin and dry tobacco. The cold draw is fine. After lighting I taste cinnamon and allspice, quite strong. After a few puffs the flavors get smoother and I taste some honey. After a third it’s more a fresh cedar taste with just a little bit of cinnamon. The flavors are quite dry. Halfway I taste something sharp on the tip of my tongue but I can’t put my finger on the exact flavor. When the sharp flavor disappears I taste wood again, with honey, salt and a hint of cinnamon.


The draw is fine. The smoke is medium full in thickness, medium in volume and white of color. The ash is pepper and salt colored. The burn is pretty straight. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? I was expecting more from this cigar.

Score: 89
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Room 101 ~323~

Room101 is made by Camacho, who uses Honduran and Dominican tobacco for the Room 101 blend. The cigars are made for designer Matt Booth, who is the owner of the company. The wrapper is a semila 101, from an exclusive seed especially created for the Room 101 cigars. All the artwork, both on the boxes as on the bands is based upon original Japanese tattoo art. Like Illusione, all Room 101 cigars have a number instead of a name. I smoked the 323, a 6×50 toro thanks to a Belgian friend who traded a few with his American friends.
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I must admit, the band looks awesome. The wrapper is dark chocolate colored, oily and shiny and I see a few veins. The construction feels good. I smell a peppery chocolate smell. The predraw is loose and I taste tobacco with some pepper.
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I taste a full and spicy coffee flavor with soil. After half an inch I taste a full spicy earth flavor with some herbs, some sweetness and pepper. The flavors are dry and a little burned. After an inch I taste spicy herbs that burn a little on the back of my throat. I also taste pepper and toast and far on the background some musty chocolate.
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Halfway I taste herbs, a little burned, with toast and earth. After two thirds I taste smooth wood with mild herbs and a hint of macadamia nuts. The wood becomes stronger with some herbs and spices. The wood is the main flavor now. Near the end I taste nuts with herbs and black pepper.
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This 6 inch cigar lasted me for almost two hours. The draw was way too loose. The smoke started out poor and thin but grew to be plentiful and thick. The ash is ugly, dark and coarse but firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied. I had to correct the burn once.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I won’t buy a box, but I wouldn’t mind getting a few singles

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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