Team Cigar Review: Room101 FARCE Maduro Robusto

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Cigar Details: Room101 FARCE Maduro Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Connecticut and Pennsylvania Broadleaf
  • Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura
  • Blender:  Matt Booth
  • Price: $10.90
  • Release Date: June 2019
  • Source: Room101

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Room101 FARCE Maduro Robusto is on the darker side of medium brown and has a bit of marbling to it. There are a couple of raised veins running down one side of the cigar. The seams are smooth and well blended while the head is finished with a well applied double cap. There are two bands with the primary carrying the company logo in white and gold on a dark blue background. The secondary strip band is white and has the overarching line name in gold. The aroma from the wrapper is damp wood and barnyard funk while the foot brings stone fruit sweetness and light wood. The pre-light draw is a mix of hay and leather with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Room101 FARCE Maduro Robusto is double banded with the primary band showing a white flower with gold accents, with ‘ROOM101’ in gold, all on a blue background. The second band is gold lettering of ‘FARCE’ on a white background. The cellophane is designed to tear in a way that leaves the UPC code intact. Nosing the cigar, I picked up aromas of sweet baking spices and light cedar. In the foot, there is sweet tobacco at a light plus strength level.

First Third

The cigar begins with dark wood, black pepper and light mustiness. At a half inch in, the mustiness has become even with the dark wood as a slight creaminess has paired up with the back pepper in the background. At three quarters of an inch in, the wood is more defined as dark oak and has a nice depth to it. The retrohale has a gritty black pepper up front with mustiness following with a light wood finish. At an inch and a quarter, the dark oak, mustiness and black pepper are all even. As the third comes to a close, the black pepper has a slight lead over the dark oak and mustiness. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

The first third opens with cedar that has a drying aspect to it. The cedar carries into the post draw. Baking spices begin to build on the retrohale, with some lingering character to it. Some mild cocoa joins the retrohale as the cigar settles in.

Second Third

The second third begins with the black pepper and mustiness together up front with the dark oak slightly behind. At a half inch in, all of the components are even again and a slight char has joined the dark oak. At an inch in, the black pepper moves to the background and there’s a bit of a burning cardboard note that has joined the profile. The retrohale is musty dark oak. As the third comes to a close, the char and black pepper have left the profile as the mustiness and dark oak are up front with the burning cardboard still in the background. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Second Third

Some bread notes join the profile moving into the second third. There are still spices and cedar in the middle of the profile, with drying cedar on the post draw. I can almost detect some background cocoa on the retrohale at the halfway mark, but I’m really reaching for more depth on the flavors at this point. Some mild earth joins the middle of the profile as the second third closes out.

Final Third

As the final third begins, some char has returned to the profile. At a half inch in, the musty and charred dark oak is up front with the burning cardboard note remaining in the background. The retrohale maintains the musty dark oak. At an inch in, a vegetal note joins the profile which replaces the burning cardboard note. The cigar wraps up with the musty and charred dark oak up front with the vegetal note just slightly behind. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.

Final Third

Cedar, cedar, and cedar define the retrohale, middle of the profile and post draw. Some mild baking spices serve to add some variety on the retrohale as the cigar settles in. As the cigar progresses, mid profile earthiness joins at a light plus.

Burn

The burn was straight the entire way and the ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn struggled at times with an uneven burn by the halfway point of the first third. That uneven burn resulted in a canoe , requiring a touch-up. Cigar goes out at the halfway point requiring a re-light.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with dark wood, black pepper and mustiness. Later, the dark wood became more identifiable as dark oak. At the halfway point, the pepper left and a burning cardboard note joined in. The final third saw some char join and then was replaced by a vegetal note. Construction was perfect and strength built from slightly above medium to medium-full. 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. I wish the profile of the first half of the cigar could have been maintained throughout. I’d be up for trying this again to see if the cardboard note could be avoided. 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.

Aaron
John
Very GoodPre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
Average
AverageSecond ThirdAverage
AverageFinal
Third
Average
AmazingBurnGood
AmazingDrawAmazing
AverageOverallAverage

Draw

The draw was in the ideal zone, with approximately 1/2 to 1 notch of resistance.

Overall

The Room101 FARCE Maduro Robusto had notes of cedar, baking spices, cocoa, bread and earthiness. Unfortunately, none of those flavors ever seemed to harmonize or bring a level of complexity to make it stand out or get my attention. Overall, I found the flavor experience to be average. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.79

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$1.96

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Room101 FARCE Maduro Robusto
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