Room 101 Daruma CigarMatt Booth’s company has a habit of sending out a limited release at the annual IPCPR trade show, and this year, it’s the Room 101 Daruma cigars. Like last year’s Namakubi, this stick embodies a part of Japanese culture. The Daruma is a Japanese doll inspired by Buddhist religious figures, and is said to bring good luck to anyone that has one in their possession. These smokes may not be good luck charms, but they do bring good flavor to any aficionado or novice lighting one up.

The company put out 100,000 of these in total, split up into five vitolas. Room 101 Daruma cigars are sized differently than most sticks, and their unusual shape catches the eye. Mutante (7 x38), Sucio (7 x 48), Monstro (5 x 60), Roxxo (4 x 48) and Papa Chulo (4 x 42) round out the list of vitolas this product comes in.

This stick is rolled in Honduras, and features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and a Brazil Mata Fina binder. The filler tobaccos come from the Dominican Republic and Honduras. The most striking thing about the product’s appearance is certainly its thin and long shape, but once this gem is lit up, the aficionado will find that the stogie’s construction is top notch. The wrapper is a dark espresso color, and is almost completely free of both oil and veins. The Room 101 Daruma cigars are somewhat toothy, according to reviewers, but not to a distracting degree. There is a “pigtail” glued to the cap, and the stick feels what many reviewers believe is sponginess when it is lightly squeezed. There are no flaws in the construction, though, and this doesn’t detract from the overall experience in any way. The pre-light aroma from the wrapper is said to be rather intense, and contains leather, rum, sweet cedar and barnyard notes.

The first third of the Room 101 Daruma cigars embodies a collection of sweet layers. Aficionados say that slightly bitter espresso, cedar, cocoa powder and tea leaves are all present in the foreground. Underneath them all runs a strong current of sweetness that has a faint cherry taste to it. The sweetness is described as somewhat strong but not lingering, and retro-haling produces a very noticeable citrus flavor.

The second third dials the sweetness back some, and adds a little spice and wood to the mix. At this point, reviewers had trouble picking out a dominant flavor, and found coffee, leather, cocoa powder, earth and mocha all fighting for attention.

Chocolate, coffee and leather embody the final third, with some peppermint also sneaking in. At this point, the citrus has disappeared, but some of the sweetness has come back. Though it’s not lacking in the flavor department, Room 101 Daruma cigars stay in the mild to medium bodied territory, and are a perfect experience for novices who want to experience some big flavor.

The construction holds up well during the experience, and reviewers liked how sharp the burn line stayed all the way down to the nub. Speaking of the nub, it stayed cool to the touch to the very end. These sticks are sold by the box, and range from $6 to $10 each, so they are a great value for the impeccable quality.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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