Origin : Honduras
Format : Figurado
Size : 6.5 x 30 x 50 x 19
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Honduran Corojo & Dominican Piloto
Binder : Honduran Corojo
Price : $10
More info about purchasing Room 101 "One Shot One Kill"...
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,...
The OSOK is a long double torpedo with a closed head and open foot. The wrapper is a reddish brown hue and has some slight toothiness. There are some very large veins that run the length of this cigar and seem like they might pose a problem. The wrapper and foot smell very faintly of black tea leaves.
Construction : (4.75)
I hardly have much luck with figurados like the "One Shot One Kill" when it comes to the burn department. But this is an exception. The OSOK's lit well, and burned quite sharply and even through the first third to the end of the cigar. I have hardly ever had any problems with the draws from Room 101's and this one is no different. Excellent draw throughout the entire cigar.
Flavor : (4.25)
1st Third- The initial draws produce some quick harshness but mellow to reveal some cedar, oak, and some twanginess that you get from Cuban cigars. A couple more minutes in, and the twanginess is more reminiscent of citrus tartness.
2nd Third- Woodsy notes and tiny amounts of cedar remain and some dark chocolate flavors pop in and out now. The light sweetness from the citrus has almost disappeared and the cigar is producing much more strength, some pepperiness, and more body,... ultimately landing in the medium plus strength category.
3rd Third- The finish on this cigar is fantastic. The cigar doesn't get harsh and muted but continues to deliver rich amounts of mixed cocoa and pepper. The strength is super sneaky and is full-bodied now without over powering my sensibilities.
Simply said, this is a solid $10 cigar. It's big, smokes long, burns great, and seems to deliver the passion that I have come to enjoy from renowned boutique brands.
Overall Rating :
From the first couple of puffs, I was a little on the fence with this cigar. But the more and more I smoked of it, the more and more it won me over. Eventually I became a huge fan of this cigar. This seems to be the complete package when it comes to a cigar release with every element well thought out.
Beyond the stunning packaging, this cigar delivers enough complexity and evolution to satisfy the inner cigar geek in most of us.