Cigar Review: Room 101 by Camacho


I reviewed this cigar back in the fall of 2009 but it was a pre-release version and I notice some changes from that cigar to this one. So I decided to review it for a second time.

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 ( 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 (54×52×6), 702 (48×54×48×6), and 808(60×6).”

Cigar: Room 101 by Camacho
Size: 5 x 50 (The 305 / Robusto)
Wrapper: Semilla 101 (Honduras)
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Dominican & Honduras
Strength: Medium

Appearance and Construction (17/20): The Semilia wrapper has an abundance of oils visible to the naked eye. This well rolled cigar has a slightly flawed cap which was off center to say the least. The foot of the cigar was slightly spongy and there were no soft spots. The cigar had a nice heavy weight to it and was well balanced. The dual band system has the colors of black and silver.

Flavor & Notes (28/30): I smoked this cigar with a friend and we both agreed the prelight draw and foot were fruity with notes of apricot or plum. Once lit the first third offers some spice that gave way to a dark chocolate with a hint of espresso. There was a sweetness present as well that made me think this is a perfect cigar to smoke with a desert. The second third continues with the dark chocolate and espresso but a subtle spice joins the mix especially through the nose. As we close out the experience the final third develops some leather but the espresso has taken control of this delicious smoke.

Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): The draw of this cigar is perfect allowing you to get a nice pull and truly enjoy the profile the Room 101 offers. The medium gray ash has a ribbed look to it but it held nice and strong. The burn of the cigar was a little bit of an issue with a slightly wavy burn that did need a quick touch up in the first third of the smoke.

Overall (23/25): Born in the City of Angels, Hand Made in Honduras. is an interesting tag ling. When I smoked the original sample I thought the cigar was distinctively Camacho. However smoking the regular release I have realized it has its own identity. Enjoyable to say the least.

Rating: 90

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  • Lee

    Have you tried the 702 (11/18)? That’s the only one that really “works” for me.

  • Barry

    I haven’t yet, but it is on my to try list :)

  • dmj

    “alternative luxury lifestyle brand”?

    So…this is a cigar for rich gay people?

    Seriously, though, I think this is the first positive comment I’ve heard on the 101. Pretty much everyone I’ve talked to who has tried it has said it’s “all hype” and nothing special.

    My local shop doesn’t carry them (and neither do the couple other shops I’ve visited outside my area in the last month), so I’ll have to be on the lookout for one at some point. Maybe CI will have them in the store when I’m up there for Cigarfest.

  • cj

    Yo DMJ, all I hear and see is the opposite. My local B&M says it is nearly impossible to get this smoke in her store! Everyone likes it that I know, too much money for me, I had several and one went out all the time, no matter what!

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  • Jam

    Great Review Barry now i have to go out and try one ………

  • Dave

    DMJ — pretty sure Jerry at Stogie Reviews had this on his top ten list for 2009.

  • Gary J. Arzt

    Nice review, Barry, as are all your reviews. As for the Room 1010, perhaps, I’ll try it this December…if it is still around.

    “Alternative lifestyle cigar,” eh.

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