Aging Room Maduro Mezzo

Aging Room Maduro Mezzo

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Maduro
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8-9 each
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The Aging Room Maduro was one of five new blends from Rafael Nodal’s Boutique Blends in 2013. Nodal specifically created the Aging Room brand in order to produce small batch releases using rare tobaccos. The Aging Room Maduro is quite a popular and critically acclaimed cigar, and could easily become the mainstay blend for the line. It is available in five vitolas, the Presto, Rondo, Mezzo, Major and Alto. For this review, I smoked the Mezzo, which measures 6 x 54.

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Aging Room M21 Fortissimo

Aging Room M21

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 5 3/4 x 47
Wrapper : Habano (Dominican grown)
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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The Aging Room M21 was first announced in May 2013 by Rafael Nodal, president of Boutique Blend Cigars. If you were able to attend IPCPR this year, you might’ve also gotten a chance to have a closer look at the cigar. Nodal told Cigar Advisor, “This cigar is something I have been working on for a long, long time … Probably the strongest cigar ever to come out of a Dominican factory.” This is why the Aging Room M21 is called fortissimo, which means “strong” in musical terminology.

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Aging Room Small Batch M356

Aging Room Small Batch M356

Origin : Dominican Republic (Oliveros factory)
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Habano (Dominican grown)
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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Cigar ratings… whether we agree with them or not, often guide us in our pursuits of the perfect puro; and when Cigar Insider gives an entire cigar line high marks, my curiosity gets really piqued. Such was the case with the Aging Room Small Batch M356 cigar.

Being a fan of the “old school” robusto size, I chose to sample the Rondo vitola (5×50).[i] I figured the cigar would be strong as ALL Cigar Aficionado ratings are skewed that way, yet I was not prepared for what the M356 had in store. But first the usual review stuff:

The M356 Rondo is a perfectly constructed cigar. No soft spots, nice weight in the hand, and a perfect draw. The cap is tightly wound and keeps its shape long after the guillotine cut. Its burn is as good as it gets, with an ash that just doesn’t want to drop. I’ve never smoked a cigar with a better burn.

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Swag Infamous

Swag Infamous

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Infamous (Toro)
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$110.00/Box of 20
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The Swag cigar line comes from the makers of the Oliveros cigars, and it is a Dominican puro with all of the tobacco coming from the same farm. It is available in 6 sizes, and it is interesting to note that four out of the six feature a ring gauge of 50 or more. The “Infamous” is a 6 X 54 Toro with 100% Dominican Ligero tobacco. The expectation is a spicy and peppery full body, powerful cigar.

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