Room 101 Cigars, the well-known luxury brand maker based in Los Angeles has recently come out with a new cigar line that is named Ichiban. With this series of cigars they will be awarding exclusivity of each vitola to only one retailer. A high honor to say the least. This third addition to the line is called the Ranfla, resembling a bit of a cross between a perfecto and a salamon, and has been awarded to Doc James Tobacconist located in Shrub Oak, NY and Mamaroneck, NY.
In addition to its exclusivity, this line is also a limited run, so if your interest is peaked after reading this it is time for you to stock up your humidors. Now on to the review…
Today's review comes courtesy of Philip a.k.a. Katmancross who blogs at Kohnhed.com. Enjoy!
Well, here I am sitting in the cat bird’s seat. I have a cigar to review that the wonderful, and lovely, Abe Dababneh, of Smoke Inn sent me; 2 months before they go on sale.
And even better, is that they are Matt Booth’s latest incarnation made exclusively for Smoke Inn, called Big Delicious; which is Abe’s nick name around the shop. This is the 6th installment of their Microblend series. The previous releases are the Tatuaje Anarchy™, Padrón SI-15™, My Father El Hijo™, Arturo Fuente Solaris™, and the Tatuaje Apocalypse™. I’ve reviewed all but the Padron.
The official national launch is scheduled for April 26th, 2013, at Smoke Inn’s new Boynton Beach location. An already sold out fancy schmancy dinner will occur on February 15 as sort of a sneak peek for those attending. Pre-release orders will be taken on April 5, 2013.
The cigars are to be made in one size – a 6 1/4 x 42-54 torpedo with a shaggy, closed foot. The cigars will sell for $8.95 and be packaged 15 per box. A box will go for $134.25.
The cigar is to be produced at the Tabacos Rancho Jamastran in Danli, Honduras. At the moment, the binder and filler are somewhat of a mystery as information about what is what is still a secret. But it’s been disclosed that the wrapper is a very high grade Habano 2000.
We are back with another exclusive to one of the best cigar shops/lounges around… The Cigar Inn. The cigar line that we are reviewing is the O.S.O.K. (One Shot One Kill) 212 NYC Limited Exclusive. And we have made yet another addition to our fine group of reviewers. Now joining my Father Nick Sr., Neal and myself (Nick Jr.) will be Ricky in his very first official review with us. Now a little O.S.O.K. history…
The O.S.O.K. 212 NYC is an addition (though a limited exclusive) to the original O.S.O.K line. The O.S.O.K. line is a spin-off/addition to the Room 101 line (a joint venture between Camacho Cigars and Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars). The Room 101 brand is owned by Camacho Cigars which in turn is now owned by The Oettinger Davidoff Group (Zino Davidoff Cigars). Got all that? But this is all about the O.S.O.K. 212 NYC. Only 3,000 cigars in 10 count boxes are being produced across the 4 vitola line which shows just how limited this stick is! The 212 series, (212 is the area code in Manhattan. A tribute to New York City.), consists of two diademas (commonly referred to as salomons) and two parejos (standard vitola shape).
The Cigar Inn has been working very hard to provide only the very best to its clientele. Through very careful and thorough screening they have decided that the O.S.O.K. 212 NYC was the perfect cigar to represent the Cigar Inn name. Matt Booth, founder of Room 101 has also expressed his excitement in bringing this unique stick to The Cigar Inn. It is a top shelf stick that belongs in a top shelf shop, and Mr. Booth has found that in The Cigar Inn and its owners, the Fakih brothers: Billy, Bass and Gus. And you will never meet a nicer bunch of guys!
If there is such a thing as a "Cigar Designer", Matt Booth of Room 101 and Pete Johnson of Tatuaje come to mind. They are true artists when it comes to bringing a well-blended cigar to the market with the swagger and packaging that allure.
Matt stunned everyone last year with his artistic renditions that accompanied the Namakubi release, and, again, has released what seems to be his most ambitiously designed cigar to date,... the "One Shot One Kill". Using Edgar Hoill's artistic Latino inspiration, Matt Booth continues to marry cigar hobby and art with this new release. In a cigar landscape that seems stuck in tradition, Matt seems to break the mold and push the envelope of what a cigar maker can do within the industry.
So let's see if the cigar can bypass good looks and great packaging and deliver more than just intrigue,...
For some reason, over the last year, I have ignored the Room 101 brand at my local B&M even though they came highly recommended from the store manager. To me, a cigar blended by Camacho (Eiroa family) didn’t sound appealing since, truthfully, I never really cared much for them. Camacho’s have always been lackluster but very serviceable cigars. Somehow, Matt Booth, the head of Room 101, has teamed with the Eiroas and squeezed what seems to be the best thing I have smoked out of that factory. Check out below what makes this partnership so great.
This is Agent 24. My mission was to review the Room 101 323, blended by Camacho Cigars. As a member of The Cigar Spy agency, I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor.
Room 101 is the brainchild of designer Matt Booth and Camacho Cigars. Matt has already established himself as a lights-out jewelry designer with his Room 101 line and this started as a collab on some cigar lifestyle items (humidors, lighters, etc.) and quickly turned into an opportunity to impact the cigar world with what they described as “a boutique handmade cigar that will appeal to all different types of lifestyles”. The brand was born and they called the resulting campaign, “The Conspiracy”. The Conspiracy has arrived at The Cigar Spy Agency and it is my job to delve deeper and go further into The Conspiracy than anyone has at this point. It is a dangerous job (ha, ha), but someone has to do it!