Matt Booth

Room101 Daruma

Personal Cigar Review: Room101 Daruma

The Room101 Daruma came out of the gate with a promising collection of flavors that combined in ways to keep me engaged. I found the cigar unbalanced and harsh on the palate through the second third and the acrid component in the final third only added to that. I can't recall a cigar dropping this far between the first third and the second third, and I find myself wondering if the humidity level of the cigar was partially or largely responsible.

Room101 The Big Payback 70S

Team Cigar Review: Room101 The Big Payback 70S

The Room101 The Big Payback 70S had an average flavor profile throughout, with a core set of basic flavors. Some slight transitioning, but nothing very exciting and the strength was getting me at the end. This format is not something I'm going to come back to, but the price point is low and I got a smoking time of four hours and twenty five minutes from it, so if you like large ring gauge cigars and enjoy this flavor profile, then it's well worth it, it's just not for me.

Sancho Panza The Original Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: Sancho Panza The Original Robusto

The Sancho Panza The Original Robusto started a bit dry, but by the second third, the cigar picked up in enjoyment. The final third dropped down as the earth picked up and was up front with the cedar. Overall, the cigar was decent. It's got a low price point, so it's an easy try. If I came back to this, I'd pair it with a sweet beverage to combat some of the dryness, but on it's own, it's not something I'd focus on.

Personal Cigar Review: Room101 Snake Shake

Personal Cigar Review: Room101 Snake Shake

The Room101 Snake Shake presented very full flavors through the first half, but it was a pretty basic set of flavors that didn't really grab my attention. The fullness of flavors waned in the second half, but that didn't really change the enjoyment level for me. Just an average flavor profile throughout and not something I'd be in a hurry to return to.

Team Cigar Review: Room101 Namakubi Ranfla

Team Cigar Review: Room101 Namakubi Ranfla

I really enjoyed the Room101 Namakubi Ranfla. I thought Booth did a great job of capturing what the Namakubi was, while at the same time delivering the quality that you get with the new Room101 blends out of Tabacalera William Ventura. It smoked like any good Room101 blend has for 11 years. Packaging is just amazing as well.

Team Cigar Review: Room101 11th Anniversary

Team Cigar Review: Room101 11th Anniversary

The Room101 11th Anniversary is an LE cigar that doesn't command an astronomical price point and it's actually good. This is becoming a foreign concept lately, smoking through the various highly expensive store exclusives and other LEs. Buy this with confidence.

Team Cigar Review: Room101 FARCE Maduro Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Room101 FARCE Maduro Robusto

The first third of the Room101 FARCE Maduro Robusto had a nice dark profile with impressive depth and matching strength. The burning cardboard that joined in, knocked the enjoyment level down a notch and the cigar could never shake it. If you're a fan of a dark profile with matching strength, it's worth your time to give this a try to see what you think.

Team Cigar Review: Hit and Run Part Deux (Rip & Dip) Almost Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Hit and Run Part Deux (Rip & Dip) Almost Robusto

The Hit and Run Part Deux (Rip & Dip) Almost Robusto from Room 101 starts out with rich layered complexity. Unfortunately, the flavor declines as the cigar progresses becoming an average experience by the last third. It's possible the drop off from each third could indicate the cigar needs some rest for the tobaccos to marry, so I look forward to revisiting this review in 2019.

Team Cigar Review: The T Short Churchill

Team Cigar Review: The T Short Churchill

The first portion reminded me of the original Diesel's and after that became an average profile found in any number of cigars. I would have liked to see the first portion keep its core and transition from there to see what it could have become. As it is, I'd like to smoke another to see if this is what the cigar was meant to be or if there is something I missed.

Team Cigar Review: Hit & Run Super Toro

Team Cigar Review: Hit & Run Super Toro

Not entirely sure what Hit & Run means but the cigar's profile sure doesn't feel like a hit and run. Instead, it shows balance with increasing intensities in various spices and earthiness. I love cigars (like this) where I can enjoy full retrohales without scorching my nostrils.