Team Cigar Review: Room101 The Big Payback 70S

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Cigar Details: Room101 The Big Payback 70S

  • Vitola: Unknown
  • Length: 7″
  • Ring Gauge: 70
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduran Olancho San Agustin
  • Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras and Dominican Republic
  • Factory: STG Danli
  • Blender: Matt Booth
  • Price: $8.99
  • Release Date: June 2023
  • Source: Forged

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Room101 The Big Payback 70S is a marbled medium brown with a few thick veins and a network of fine veins. The seams are smooth and the caps pretty well applied. There are two bands, both in a burgundy and bronze color combination. The primary carries the line and brand name while the secondary carries one of the logos of the brand. The aroma from the wrapper is a light mix of wood and earth while the foot brings cedar, stewed fruit and crushed red pepper. The pre-light draw brings a mix of cedar and stone fruit.
John: The Room101 The Big Payback 70S comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. There is a primary “The Big Payback Room 101” band along with a secondary band with the Room 101 brand symbol. I weighed the cigar at 42.7 grams and the humidity as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro was 60.5%. Aromas from the wrapper were sweet tobacco, hay and wood. From the foot, there was sweet tobacco and faint coffee.

Room101 The Big Payback 70S

Room101 The Big Payback 70S

First Third

Aaron: The first third begins with a very mild combination of cedar and light earth. At a quarter inch in, some mustiness and a very mild black pepper join in. The retrohale is cedar, earth and a lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch and three quarters, the black pepper is no longer zingy on the retrohale. At two inches in, the cedar gains a light toast. As the third comes to a close, the lightly toasted cedar is ahead of the earth and mustiness with very mild black pepper in the background. The strength was mild-medium.
John: My initial flavor impressions are tobacco, coffee and wood. I’d describe the initial combinations as mild and sweet to start, with a mild, wood, hay and sweet tobacco through the post draw. A creamy, mild tobacco and wood comes into the retrohale as it progresses. There isn’t much to remark on for the next hour plus as the profile remained consistent. Some light plus earthiness comes into the finish by the bottom half. Through the bottom half, a mild, tannic wood also joins the finish.

Room101 The Big Payback 70S

Room101 The Big Payback 70S

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper increases a bit. At a half inch in, the toast and earth levels both pick up a bit. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with some mustiness and light black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the earth is now even with the toasted cedar up front. At an inch and three quarters, the mustiness and black pepper both mellow a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with light amounts of mustiness and black pepper in the background. The strength bumped up to medium.
John: The second third opens with creamy tobacco, earth on the finish and delayed tannic wood through the post draw. As with the first third, the profile remains largely consistent for the next hour or so as it moves towards the halfway point. Some graham cracker is present in the center of the profile at light levels. A mild char is developing on the post draw approaching the halfway point. The char fades and is replaced with tannic wood through the bottom half.

Room101 The Big Payback 70S

Room101 The Big Payback 70S

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level increases and the earth becomes a bit heavier. At three quarters of an inch in, the cigar warms up a bit and the strength has bumped up to medium-full. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and earth with some mustiness and light black pepper. At an inch and a quarter in, the toast level is now pretty heavy. At an inch and a half in, a vegetal bitterness joins the profile. As the cigar wraps up, the heavily toasted cedar and earth are even up front with some vegetal bitterness in the middle and mustiness and black pepper in the background. The strength bumped up to just shy of full.
John: Creamy wood starts the last third with a mild earth and char combination to follow, and tannic wood delayed on the post draw. The earth builds on the post draw up to medium strength as it continues. Mild spices, wood and tannic wood on the finish are all present on the retrohale. By the bottom half, earth is leading off with some acrid char on the finish.

Room101 The Big Payback 70S

Room101 The Big Payback 70S

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in near two inch increments.
John: There was minor unevenness through the entire review which never necessitated an intervention until the last third where I touched it up. Quite remarkable given the size of the cigar.

Room101 The Big Payback 70S

Room101 The Big Payback 70S

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience. I think I preferred this level for this cigar rather than something more open due to the ring gauge.
John: The draw had some measurable resistance to it, roughly 2-1/2 to 3 notches into the resistant spectrum.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with a very mild combination of cedar and light earth. Some mustiness and black pepper joined in pretty quickly. The cedar gained a toast note near the end of the third. The second third saw the flavor profile become a bit fuller. The final third saw the toast level and earth become pretty heavy and a vegetal bitterness joined the profile. The cigar started at mild-medium strength and built up to near full at the end. 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.
John: The Room101 The Big Payback 70S was more enjoyable than what I was anticipating out of its behemoth ring gauge. The first and second thirds were pleasant, although not overly engaging, while the last third became unbalanced and harsh at times. The burn required a touch-up in the last third while the draw was into the resistant spectrum. Big ring gauge cigars tend not to be my thing as I find them to be a cacophony of tobacco and I tend not to get an engaging smoking experience out of it. That said, the price point on these makes them insanely attractive for the value smoker or someone who does gravitate towards larger cigars. Total smoking time was a whopping 4 hours and 2 minutes.

Aaron
John
GoodPre
Light
Good
AverageFirst
Third
Average
AverageSecond
Third
Average
AverageFinal
Third
Subpar
Very GoodBurnVery Good
Very GoodDrawGood
AverageOverallAverage

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$1.63

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.00

Cost/Point

$1.80

Scoring System

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