Team Cigar Review: Aging Room Bin No. 2 C Major

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Cigar Details: Aging Room Bin No. 2 C Major

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.75″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Plasencia
  • Blender: Rafael Nodal
  • Price: $13.25
  • Release Date: July 2019
  • Source: Aging Room

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Aging Room Bin No. 2 C Major is dark brown with some slightly darker marbling and a network of slightly raised veins present. The seams are smooth and the head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. There are three bands with the primary and secondary both being white, burgundy and gold. The primary carries the brand and line name while the secondary just denotes 100% Nicaraguan. There is also a red ribbon on the foot. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of toasted wood and damp earth while the foot brings wood and stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings stone fruit sweetness just ahead of some wood with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Aging Room Bin No. 2 C Major has a red ribbon foot band, primary band and secondary band. Clearly pulling out all the stops here for presentation. The cigar wrapper is dark brown, and the cap appears to have a darker tobacco applied to it. Nosing the cigar, I noted aromas of cedar, other aged wood, with candy sweetness in the foot.

First Third

The cigar begins with dark wood, concentrated cinnamon and light mustiness. At a half inch in, the mustiness has increased slightly as the cinnamon has mellowed. At three quarters of an inch in, the mustiness is just behind the dark wood and the cinnamon has morphed into black pepper. The retrohale is musty dark wood with a light black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, a faint dark chocolate is detectable. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

My initial flavor impressions are cedar, cocoa and some baking spices. The baking spices and cedar carry into the post draw. On the retrohale, the baking spices take on a nice creaminess. Between each draw there is a lingering cedar, with hints of spice. Those post draw spices build rapidly in intensity. As the cigar settles in, cocoa joins the middle of the flavor profile. Post draw spices are up to medium-full, almost full bodied by this point. Some stewed raisin sweetness joins the middle profile as the cigar progresses. Shortly afterwards, some post draw leather joins. In the bottom half of the first third, some loamy earth joins the profile.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the faint dark chocolate note leaves as some dry earthiness joins in. At a half inch in, the profile remains musty dark wood and dry earth. The profile is a bit drying at this point. The retrohale is just musty dark wood. The third finishes with the musty dark wood and dry earth. The strength remains at slightly above medium.

Second Third

Leather and earth define the profile moving into the second third. An earth and cedar combination make up the post draw. Sweet earth makes up the middle of the profile. That earth drops and is replaced with cedar as the cigar settles in. Some creaminess joins the retrohale shortly afterwards. Raisin sweetness also joins the retrohale. Earth returns to the post draw by the halfway point, with post draw leather at medium to medium-full intensity.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the musty dark wood and dry earth. At a half inch in, the mustiness is now in front of the dark wood while the dry earth is a bit further in the background. The retrohale maintains the musty dark wood. At an inch in, the dry earth has left the profile. As the cigar comes to a close, the dry earth returns, along with a light vegetal note. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

The earth flavor from the second third dominates the front of my tongue and palate going into the last third. The center is also defined by earth. The post draw is cedar with mild spices. That cedar and spice combination gives way to a loamy earth.

Burn

The burn was wavy throughout, but always self corrected. The cigar went out once in the final third and required a re-light. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

The burn becomes uneven in the bottom of the first third, correcting as it moves into the second third. A canoe forms again, this time in the bottom of the second third, requiring a touch-up by the last third. Ash holds on up to 2 inch increments.

Draw

The draw was pretty snug and may have contributed to the light smoke production.

Overall

The cigar began with dark wood, concentrated cinnamon and light mustiness. As the third progressed, the mustiness became fuller and the cinnamon morphed into black pepper. A dark chocolate note also joined in. The second third saw the chocolate and pepper leave as some dry earth joined in. The profile remained this way through the end. The cigar had light smoke production, possibly due to a tight draw and some attention was needed to keep things burning. Strength was slightly above medium the whole way. The Aging Room Bin No. 2 C Major had a nice first third, but from the second third on, started dropping flavors and became fairly average. The tight draw and light smoke production caused me to have to pay attention to the draws to keep things burning, which took some focus away from the flavor. I’d be interested in trying this in a smaller ring gauge to see what that effect that has on flavor. With that said, I won’t be in a hurry to revisit this one.

Aaron
John
GoodPre
Light
Very Good
GoodFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdAverage
AverageFinal
Third
Subpar
GoodBurnVery Good
GoodDrawAmazing
AverageOverallAverage

Draw

The draw is perfect, in the ideal zone of resistance.

Overall

The Aging Room Bin No. 2 C Major was an overall average and unremarkable flavor experience. While it started out quite promising in the first third, with flavors of cedar, cocoa, baking spices, creaminess and stewed raisins, that profile was nowhere to be found in the second third. By the last third, the profile was so earth forward it was difficult to continue. I’m tempted to revisit the cigar in the B Minor vitola to see if the flavor performance is better. Construction and presentation on the cigar was excellent. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.60

Cost/Point

$2.37

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.35

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Aging Room Bin No. 2 C Major
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