Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Honduran Corojo and Dominican Piloto Ligero
Price: $10.00 - $12.00
When I first saw this cigar about a month ago, I was instantly drawn in by its fancy packaging. The huge skull and ornate designs. I originally thought it came in a tube, but after seeing a couple reviews on it, I noticed that it was paper. It took me some time to finally get my hands on this cigar. No shops around me seemed to carry the Room 101 cigars. But through a trade, I was finally able to get this cigar.
Once I slipped this cigar out of its packaging, I saw the flawless wrapper. The Habano leaf was a medium shade of brown and very smooth to the touch. Since it is a perfecto, the cap was wrapped. The wrap was perfectly smooth.
There were a couple thin veins in the wrapper, but nothing out of the ordinary. This cigar is actually pretty solid from cap to foot. There was one area that seemed to be a soft spot, but it wasn't bad. Upon last inspection, I noticed the very sweet smell of this cigar.
Once I lit this cigar up I was hit with a very strong earth. It was actually very creamy at the start as well. I wasn't expecting it to be so creamy so early. After the cigar smoked down about a half of an inch I started to get some pepper notes coming through. But even after the pepper came out, it stayed creamy.
About an inch into this cigar the creaminess actually managed to pick up. But, with the cream, the spice picked up as well. Then a strong oak flavor came out and became a very prominent flavor. Towards the end of the first third, there was a light coffee flavor that came out.
As I moved into the second third, the oak and earth flavors picked up. Once the oak and earth were at their strongest, the coffee and pepper notes were reduced down to accents. There was actually a little bit of leather flavor that came out and combined with the creaminess.
The halfway point was the spot where this cigar started to smooth and balance out. The combination of oak and pepper coated my palate pretty quickly. And, yet again, the creaminess picked up. This was also the point where I could tell the strength of this cigar was picking up.
The last couple inches were very creamy. There was still a little bit of spice on my palate, but not as strong as earlier. There was a nice combination of oak, earth, and leather in just about every puff. The finish was pretty good with a ton of strength and flavor.
The ash on this cigar was a bit flaky, but still managed to hold on until the halfway mark. The ash was also a medium to dark shade of gray. The burn was pretty wavy at times, but I only had to touch it up once. The draw was surprisingly easy and produced a thick gray and brown smoke. The smoke gave off a very smooth and earthy aroma.
The only thing I was thinking once this cigar was finished was that I wished it was as awesome as the packaging it came in. The flavors were good, but there were some minor burn issues. I would definitely grab a couple more of these if I was given the chance though. I give this cigar a 8.5 out of 10.
Thanks for reading,
Zack the Stogie Man .