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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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