Is there a better way to celebrate 10 years in business than making a cigar to commemorate the Journey? Probably not, and Matt booth and the folks at Room 101 did just that, releasing this bad boy into the ether for all of us to enjoy. Let’s get into this cigar!
Construction - This is a beautiful cigar with beautiful coloring. It’s smooth and symmetrical and constructed almost perfectly. How about that band? Black, white, and Gold. Simple, yet elegant. Leave it to Matt Booth, to knock the look right out of the park!
Burn - It imparts an undesirable airy draw but boasts good smoke production. The cigars exhaled a nice flaky white ash after every puff as well. What I really took notice of on this cigar is how even it burned all the way through 6 inches. The consistency of this cigar was really unmatched from any I smoked in recent memory.
Flavor - If Portland cops ever run out of pepper spray, I would suggest they extract it from this cigar to obtain more. Woo Wee! Maybe I'm just a bit of a puss. If I didn't know this was made at the AJ factory already I bet I could have easily guessed it. it just has that AJ profile about it. You have to wait a bit for the pepper to subside, which for me could have come more quickly. The cigar highlights a nice earthiness that begins to have a much bigger impact on flavor than the pepper up front. The cigar is grounded and not exhaustingly all over the place which is nice. One by one something else layers in. The cigar becomes smoother and introduces some baking space flavors as you get beyond the halfway point, and becomes predominantly woody in the final 3rd, rotating everything else in that background. It does finish overly bitter in my opinion, but when it does, you will already be at the point where it is time to part ways. This profile is not one I typically find myself flocking to but it works in this cigar.
We are getting a dollar per year here and I think that is appropriate for this cigar, especially given the vitola. Although this cigar really isn’t my personal jam, I appreciate the characteristics, and know that there is a mass populous out there that will fall in love with the flavors and overall experience this cigar provides.
Room101 Cigars was founded in 2009 with the intent to honor the craft and rich history of cigar making whilst applying a progressive approach to both blending and product design. From its inception, the Room101 brand quickly garnered the respect and intrigue of cigar traditionalists as well as a newer breed of enthusiasts in the early stages of what was to become an era of “boutique” brands.