I heard good things about these smokes from those who went to the convention and I was dying to try them. Unfortunately they haven’t really begun to show up at shops around the country but I was lucky enough to have a few sent by request. So I thank the good people of Camacho cigars for these un-banded samples. They included a kick ass t-shirt and bandanna along with the smokes.
The following comes from their press release; “Room101, the alternative luxury lifestyle brand for those who demand quality with an edge, is proud to announce their new line of Room101 Cigars (www.room101cigars.com). Originally founded in 2003 by Matt Booth, Room101 will introduce the premium cigar into their already successful line of silver jewelry, clothing, and accessories. The Room101 Cigar collection will be a blend of attitude, culture, celebrity, and some of the world’s finest tobaccos.
The cigar, specially blended and created by Camacho Cigars, is a medium bodied cigar, comprised of tobaccos from both Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The wrapper is a Semilla 101 that was exclusively grown for this cigar. The Room101 cigar is available in six formats, all representing different area codes, including the 213 (44×5.5), 305 (50×5), 323 (50×6), 404 (54x52x6), 702 (48x54x48x6), and 808(60×6).”
Cigar: Room 101 by Camacho
Size: 5 x 50 (The 305 / Robusto)
Wrapper: Semilla 101 (Honduras)
Filler: Dominican & Honduras
Appearance and Construction (18/20): The cigar has a nice looking dark chocolate in color wrapper that has a few veins but nothing that stands out. The cigar has a wonderful flat triple cap and is well rolled. The foot on my samples felt a little lose, but other then that the cigar was very well packed. Despite not having a band, these cigars have a nice band utilizing the colors of silver & black. Based up the oils of this cigar I had a feeling I would be in store for a treat.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): Prior to lighting up the cigar had a tangy note to it that was intriguing. I couldn’t quite put my fingers on it first, but when I began to type up this review I associated it with a dark chocolate jelly ring. The foot of the cigar had a nice rich tobacco note. The initial third of the cigar has some pepper notes and earth. The pepper slowly begins to fade almost disappearing before the third is up leaving a rich creamy smoke in its wake. As we approach the 2nd third of the smoke, notes of leather begin to emerge with a strong espresso note mixed in as well. The final third of this cigar was a rich earthy note with a touch of chocolate and spice.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): At first I was worried this stick would have a burn issue. The cigar had a very uneven burn that I had to touch up twice in the first third, but the cigar burned perfect after that. The ash of the cigar was a bit flaky but held nice and strong. The draw was perfect being neither to loose or too tight.
Overall (22/25): Born in the City of Angels, Hand Made in Honduras. The cigar is 100% Camacho. Smoking this stick was enjoyable and I would smoke one again, when the mood for a Camacho strikes me. I’ll be curious to see the price point of these sticks, but considering the market they are going after I am worried it will be a bit overpriced.