The newest release from Room 101 is the Namakubi Ecuador, which features “a fusion of wrapper and binder tobacco from a recent, highly rated Room101 release combined with the filler tobaccos of the original Namakubi line” according to a press release from Camacho. You can read our review of the original Namakubi here. The Namakubi Ecuador comes in four sizes, a Chingron which is 8 x 44 x 60, a Ranfla which is 6 1/2 x 30 x 50 x 19, a Filero which is a 4 1/2 x 52 x 42 x 42 x 52, and a Papi Chulo which is 4 x 42 and the size I’ve selected for review.
Size: 4 x 42
Filler: Honduras, Dominican
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador features two bands, the top one is the same as the regular Namakubi band. It is black with elegant looking red writing which says Namakubi, and Room 101 LTD below. The second band is white with a red and gold trim. In the middle it says Ecuador in gold writing on a white background.
The wrapper of the Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador is a reddish medium brown with very little veins and a nice oil to it. Compared to the original Namakubi, the Ecuadorian version is much darker. The construction is quite seamless, and there are no soft spots that I can detect. The Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador is topped off with a nice tight cap, and the sample I’m smoking for review has just a slight bend to it towards the foot.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador has notes of cocoa, coffee bean, earth, floral tones, and a little bit of mineral scent. The foot has a scent which is made up of a blend of rich spices, coffee bean, earth, wood, and a slight floral tone. To prepare smoking the Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador I use a slight straight cut and on the cold draw there are notes of coffee bean, spice, earth, wood, and hay.
Smoking Characteristics: The Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador kicks off with some pepper, Asian spice, wood spice, and baking spices. There are also the flavors of coffee bean, wood, cedar, earth, and a little hay as well. Each draw is leaving a mix of pepper and spices lingering on the palate providing a long finish. After a few draws the spice and pepper settle down a bit but remain very much present in the flavor profile. At this point the core flavor is coffee bean, cedar, earth, and a nice bit of roasted nuts. The notes of wood, spice, and pepper remain in the blend as undertones.
Into the second third of the Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador, the pepper has completely faded from the flavor profile. There is still a rich blend of spices, cedar, wood, coffee bean, earth, hay, and roasted nuts. The flavor profile has a nice complexity to it and is very well rounded. The strength is solidly in the medium range, even approaching medium to full. The ash holds firm, well past the inch point. The draw is just a little tight, but the smoke production is excellent, each puff easily providing a full body of smooth, cool, rich smoke.
During the final third of the Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador, the notes of roasted nuts, earth, cedar, spice, wood, coffee bean, and hay all remain in the flavor profile. The blend is well balanced, a bit complex, and the flavor has a nice strength to it. In terms of nicotine, the Namakubi Ecuador is entering the medium to full range in this final third. The draw opens up in this third, becoming excellent, and easily providing a full body of smoke with each puff. The ash holds firm till the inch point, and the burn hasn’t required any corrections. The Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador smokes cool to the nub, becoming only slightly soft towards the end.
Conclusion: The Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador has a wonderful blend of flavors. I’ve loved all the cigars I’ve smoked from Room 101 so far, and this one is certainly no exception. The flavors are well rounded with a nice complexity. The construction is excellent with no issues with either the burn or draw. The strength is excellent, progressing from medium in the first two thirds to medium to full in the final third. I’d suggest grabbing a box of these, they are fantastic!