June 29, 2014

Room 101 The Big Payback Chavala (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

This is the newest cigar from Room 101 and Matt Booth. It's name, Payback, is Matt's way of showing appreciation for all the success he's had in the cigar business. It's also classified as a budget cigar.

It's all Nicaraguan; wrapper, binder, and filler.

The cigar is very well made and had a slight oily sheen to the wrapper.

Here is the shot of the foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless. The initial flavors at light up were a grapefruit citrus, dark coffee, and earth. The black pepper is rated at a 7.5. The finish is a toasted cream but there seems to be something else there. I decided to let the cigar sit to let all the notes come into their own.

About one inch in there are dry oak notes and sweet cedar to the other flavors. The finish is still somewhat of a mystery. I can tell there is another flavor there but it's quite faint. The cigar is medium to full bodied.

2 inches in the cigar is burning very evenly. The front end flavors are very balanced. The wood notes are the only one that are somewhat subtle. The mystery flavor on the finish is now identified. It is a faint, low grade caramel. There is a lot of lingering pepper on the finish. Smoking the cigar slowly gives you all these flavors.

At the midpoint there is a little richness and buttery flavor in the cedar now. It makes a big difference to the overall flavor mix. It is very good, actually.

As the cigar ended at almost exactly one hour the various flavor notes are still intact but there are little fluctuations in each one at any given point. The burn continued to be very even. The only negative note is the richness and buttery notes that appeared at the midpoint did not stay throughout the entire smoke. Still, this is a good cigar and should be available on shelves anywhere that carries Camacho and Room 101 cigars.

Score: 91

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