Room 101 – 305

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Size: 5 x 50 Robusto
Wrapper: Honduran ‘Semilla 101’
Binder and Filler: Honduran and Dominican
Strength: Medium to Full
Price: Just under $7.00 a stick

Room 101 305

Behind the Stick:
One of the newer manufactures on the scene is a guy by the name of Matt Booth, musician and creator of the Room 101 jewelery line has decided to join groups with Camacho Cigars and created the ‘Room 101 Cigars’ as an addition to the Room 101 lifestyle line. I felt a little pull towards trying this cigar for not only has Matt been able to do all these amazing things, starting out his life as a man he joined the Marine Corps and as a brother jar head, I had to bite and purchase a few.
I was able to pick these up from Corona Cigar company, and having them be one of the only shops I was able to locate with these I picked up a 10 pack, some to age out and some to enjoy right away. Before I actually sat down I was able to do some research and watched a few of the videos Matt and Camacho cigars put together about the start of the cigar line, and I have to admit it looks like they had a great time doing this project and it has payed off! I’m not one of those people who automatically buys into the hype from advertisements and not often is it that a company is able to live up to that hype they create, but I think they did an awesome job on this one.

Room 101 305

Construction:

Matt, I love the stick but I gotta say, the consistency just was not there. Out of 10 sticks on four of them the head was so poorly made that I thought they were a knock off rather than a Camacho blend. I will say, the very poor construction at the head, although an irritant, did not cause one issue with the smoking of the stick. Evenly packed from head to foot, one stick had a burn issue (one out of 10, awesome I say) without cracks or breaks. One thing I also have to give the thumbs up to, every single band came off easily and no glue on the stick!

Room 101 305

Flavor:

This is not a stick that I would put into the top 5 most complex cigars of my life, but it is a cigar that I would smoke on a regular basis. It started off with a mild sweetness on top of the tobacco flavor and really did not change too much in the first third, every now and then a hint of chocolate, but nothing to write home about. The second portion built up in a more earth, dirt like flavor and the smoke coated my mouth but I was really surprised that it was not drying out my mouth – no need for extra water with this one. The stick finished with a bit more spice and it mixed well with the tobacco and chocolate flavors. As I said before, this is not an overly complex stick but a good medium to full blend.

Overall:

With all the hype we have heard since IPCPR about the Room 101 Conspiracy, the Camacho name being on the band and the fact that Matt is a fellow Marine, I was really looking forward to sitting down and seeing what it was all about. I gotta say, even with previously states issues, I will always keep a few in my humidor. The price point makes them attractive, the packaging and the advertising drills the image and brand into your mind and the hype behind it draws you in to give them a shot. The thing that surprised me the most was – it delivered. Will I purchase a box? Probably not, but I will always keep a 3 to 5 pack at a moments grab.

Room 101 305

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2 Thoughts to “Room 101 – 305”

  1. Tom

    Thanks for the review. I have been curious about these, but haven’t pulled the trigger on a purchase. It sounds like they may be worth a shot.

  2. Matt Booth is not a manufacturer, he is at best a brand owner and at worst an opportunist. Reading his bio is like reading a movie review. His motivation is art and money, not cigars. Thats fine, but I prefer to give my money to people who are truly cigar people like Pepin Garcia, Jonatahan Drew, Padron, Joya De Niaragua and so many more that actually deserve the moniker manufacturer.

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