Video review HERE.
The Room 101 site says this about the naming of the cigar:
We have named our latest series after the Daruma as he symbolizes resilience - a key ingredient to our success. Use your Daruma to set a goal of your own.
Daruma is named after daruma dolls which are modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism.
Daruma cigars were debuted at the 2012 IPCPR.
There are only 20,000 total cigars of each vitola released for a total of 100,000 cigars for Daruma in total.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Dominican and Honduran
The cigar is nicely made and a very dark brown. This cigar feels weighty in the hand and has a nice density.
The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless. The initial flavors were a very sweet, rich cedar with oak undertones and quite a bit of pepper, which I rate a 7. I'm curious to see how this cigar progresses and changes.
About 3/4 inch in the flavors have not changed a lot but the cedar is so rich and sweet it seems to have cherry syrup mixed in with it. The oak notes are still there mixing nicely. The finish is a cream with oak notes with some lingering pepper. The finish is rather long. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.
A couple inches in the cherry notes have gone away but in their place are nice buttery notes with the secondary oak. The finish is about the same except for the addition of some of those buttery notes. The cigar is still medium bodied. This cigar is very different from the Namakubi.
About 2 1/2 inches left and the cigar has not made any major changes. The oak is now more pronounced and I'll describe it as a dry oak. The finish remains unchanged. Except for the elevated dry oak notes there are no other changes.
At the end the cigar did not change from the last report. It maintained that sweet, rich cedar with dry oak with nice buttery notes. The pepper remained at a 7 and the finish remained unchanged. Although this cigar did not make major changes it was very enjoyable. The combination of the cedar and oak was very nice. The cigar remained medium bodied and took about 2 hours to smoke. This was a very good cigar.