So the long awaited Room 101 Cigars will soon be out. There are and will be multiple launch parties throughout the US. Be sure to check out Events and News for local dates or visit Room 101’s Site or Facebook Page for more details.
Room 101 Cigars is the brain child (or love child) of Matt Booth and Camacho Cigars. “It’s an extension of my luxury lifestyle brand and a collaborative effort between myself and Camacho.” –Matt Booth. With such names behind it you can’t but hope it will be great. Matt Booth said in an interview at the IPCPR Trade Show that “It’s a collective of things that I dig, and I love smoking cigars.”… “It’s just another facet of that; it’s just something from my life; it’s my personal meditation cigar smoking.”
I have been very lucky in that I was able to receive a pre-production sample of a Room 101 cigar. The cigar is 5×50 with a Semilla 101 wrapper and Honduran and Dominican binder and filler. Just so everyone knows the Semilla 101 (aka 101 Seed) wrapper is an exclusive and unique leaf developed for the Room 101 line. The filler leaf combinations are also unique to these cigars.
The cigar I am reviewing today has no band (as this is a pre-production); the wrapper is a deep rich chocolate brown with a nice sheen and is smooth with little to no veining. The cap construction is very good and was easy to cut. I had no problems lighting this cigar or keeping it going, it burned beautifully and had a light gray almost white solid ash. The draw was what I consider perfect! Not too hard, not to easy, just right enough to pull through all the flavors (and enjoyment).
Initially it has a smooth rich earthiness with a nice spice note, a nice medium body experience. Midway through, the mild spice develops into a much richer bolder spice note with hints of pepper and earthy undertones. It was a quick wake-up call that makes you pay attention and is more akin to a full body than a medium. Near the last third of the cigar the pepper y hints are almost gone and the spiciness is again second to the rich earth tones found during the initial light. By now the cigar feels like a full body but the change is well done and welcome.
Earthiness seems to be at the core of this cigar; it runs throughout the cigar and ties it all together. I hope that full production only makes this cigar better. I would smoke it again and with a MSRP ranging from $7 to $10 would highly recommend it.