The Room 101 Master Collection Three is the third in a line of special premium blends the company has put all of its energy into. It appears Matt Booth and his boutique are going to keep it a trilogy, making this blend the last of the line. It shares much of the same packaging and design as the previous releases in the line, but it’s, of course, different in every other way. Booth’s premium project has come a long way since it was first announced in 2013, and though aficionados may be sad to see it go, it at least ends of with a bang.

The Room 101 Master Collection Three is thematically tight. In interviews, Booth has described these cigars as an example of what it means to live a “short, beautiful” life. For that reason, the stick is adorned with the same sakura (Japanese cherry blossom) flower that Booth used for the first two parts of the trilogy. The blend itself consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Dominican binder, and fillers from Nicaragua. The milk chocolate-colored wrapper is almost as smooth as glass, and has just a few faint veins breaking up the look. Of particular note is the pig tail cap, which is coiled tight enough to look like a cinnamon bun. The pig tail, though, is only placed on the Mutante vitola.

The smoke is available in several sizes, including Papi Chulo (4 x 42), Roxxo (4 x 48), Monstro (5 x 60), Mutante (7 x 38) and Sucio (7 x 48). The cold draw largely consists of spices, though they resemble baker’s spices as opposed to a black pepper.

The first third of the Room 101 Master Collection Three is light, but still provides dry flavors like wood and white pepper. After the initial draws get through the first batch of flavors, the white pepper shifts to the retrohale while a combination of coffee and earth step into place and take over the profile. This mix of flavors holds for a while, and moving into the middle third, a creamy note starts emerging, according to reviews.

In the second third of the stogie, the profile does some interesting things with the white pepper and cream, which provide all of the flavor. The cream is light and injects some extra sweetness into the smoke. A bit beyond the halfway mark, the Room 101 Master Collection Three delivers a shock of black pepper that changes the complexion of the blend.

During the final third of the stick, the black pepper continues to intensify the blend, offering a nice contrast to the cream. The coffee and earth make a return appearance, though they remain in the background in supporting roles.

Booth has quickly earned respect for his blending ability, and the Room 101 Master Collection Three is a master work. It provides a pair of flavor profiles that contrast extremely well, going from a light, sweet mix to a much fuller and heated profile down the stretch. There’s no worries with the burn or draw, either, so aficionados can focus on enjoying the virtuoso handiwork.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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