The prior two Room 101 cigars have been met with mixed reviews online. The original release and the Conjura were good, but they weren’t revolutionary and I found myself getting bored with them. For me their shelf life was short and for this I felt bad because having met Matt Booth I found him to be a nice guy. So on my recent excursion to Tobacco Plaza in Great Neck, NY to check out what is new post IPCPR 2011 I hesitantly reached for the Room 101 Connecticut
According to the Room 101 website,
In conjunction with the launch of the Room101 LTD Namakubi, we are proud to announce the latest installment to the Room101 core line, the new Room101 Connecticut. A complex and spicy medium-body blend that is sure to satisfy even the most seasoned palates. Matt Booth, founder of the Room101 lifestyle brand, classifies this new addition as “Connecticut with a kick!” Fillers from both Honduras and the Dominican Republic, along with an Authentic Corojo binder, present the perfect balance of body and finesse.
Total production: 200,000 cigars
Cigar: Room 101 Connecticut
Size: 5 x 50 (315/Robusto)
Wrapper: Connecticut (Ecuador)
Binder: Corojo (Honduras)
Filler: Dominican and Honduran
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Appearance and Construction: The Connecticut wrapper is a few shades darker then the blonde looking shade grown wrappers that have adorned some recent releases of this variety. The result is a slightly heavier, thicker leaf that isn’t brittle like many of the predecessors. Under the hand the cigar has a silk like feel and some occasional roughness from the veins that rise slightly above. The silver and black band features a sinister looking drama mask that is called a “FU”.
Flavor & Notes: The cold draw on Room 101 Connecticut was simply to die for. There was a nice smoked wood note with a hint of cloves that had me salivating. The foot had some similar notes and spice you would expect in an Asian kitchen. Once the cigar is lit, those cold notes and aroma are gone but what remains is some nice soft spices. These spices aren’t strong, but they are there just enough to let you know this isn’t your typical Connecticut cigar. There is an occasional citric note present especially through the nose. In the second half, the spice remains with hints of citrus and cloves. The cigar is wonderfully smooth and while the notes are subtle they are very enjoyable. The final third of the smoke develops a rich buttery note that takes control while the spice moves to the background. There is some citrus that remains but a slight leather notes joins the mix as well.
Smoking Characteristics: Even though you can see some evidence of a split binder in the ash, it managed to hold of for two thirds of the cigar without any special effort from. The ash which started off dark, became a light color ash for those keeping score at home. The draw of the cigar was as ideal as they come and the burn which started off a bit jagged became razor sharp without any heap. The aroma of the cigar was nice and at times reminded me of subtle molasses.
Conclusion: I know a lot of people who won’t smoke a Connectict wrapper because they associate them with being mild, and while this cigar isn’t full bodied it does deliver a subtle strength that puts it firmly in the medium catagory. A solid smoke with a nice profile that deserves to be smoked again. It may even deserve a spot in my humidor as I contemplate a box purchase.