May 05, 2012

Room 101 213C (5 1/2 x 44)

The Room 101 #213 Corona cigars are handcrafted by Camacho in Honduras for California designer and musician Matt Booth. Matt teamed up with Camacho to launch Room101 cigars which are highly flavorful and enjoyable. Matt names each cigar in this line after area codes, in this case, the Room 101 #213 Corona Connecticut cigar is named for downtown Los Angeles. He utilizes the very exclusive Semilla 101 wrapper from an exclusive Habano-seed grown solely for this project by the Eiroa family's farm in the Jamastran district. The Room 101 #213 Corona cigars are also blended with aged long-fillers from the Dominican Republic and Honduras, and a Honduran binder.

Country of Origin: Honduras
Flavor: Medium
Wrapper: Honduran Semilla
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Dominican Republic and Honduras
Size: 5 1/2 x 44

Video review HERE.

The cigar sports a very light Connecticut wrapper. Here is a shot of the end of the cigar.

After cutting the cap the test draw was a little firm. The initial flavors were a mellow cinnamon with nice pepper and some sweetness. The finish has some almond and vanilla notes.

About 1/2 inch in the flavors settled down into a combination of a rich, sweet orange citrus, cedar, coffee and a nice amount of pepper. When the smoke is expelled through the nose you really get the rich flavors. The finish is one of a creamy vanilla and a little lingering pepper. At this point the cigar is medium bodied. The cigar is burning evenly.

About 1 1/2 inches in I am really enjoying the sweet, rich orange citrus and cedar. The coffee notes are light and are tasted on the end of the spice. The finish has some almond notes but it's primarily one of vanilla which is best tasted a few seconds later. The pepper lingers somewhat on the finish. The ash is tight and light in color with some splattering of black.

I noticed at the 2 1/2  inch point that this cigar is soft. Some cigars are dense and heavy in the hand but not this one. However, the rich flavors are unmistakable. It is very flavorful. It is not as powerful as I would like but the rich, sweet flavors are fantastic. As you can see, the ash is quite tight!

In the final third there are no changes with the exception of the flavors are not quite as rich as before but still quite nice. On the Camacho scale of pepper this cigar would rank about a 6 out of 10. Most Camacho cigars are quite peppery but this cigar has about 2/3 the amount of a regular Camacho.

The cigar ended up much as it smoked earlier. The flavors in this cigar are great. I would have liked it to have more power but, after all, this is a Connecticut wrapper so it does not have the usual strength of a Room 101 cigar. I absolutely loved the orange citrus and cedar sweetness and richness. The pepper was quite nice. The finish was very nice with the creamy vanilla notes and lingering pepper.

Score: 89

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