Room 101 “Big Delicious” – Smoke Inn Exclusive

Room 101 Big Delicious

Origin : Honduras
Room 101 cigarsFormat : Torpedo
Size : 6.25 x 54
Wrapper : Habano 2000
Filler : Brazilian, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican
Binder : Honduran?
Hand-Made
Price : $8.95

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.

Room 101 Big Delicious

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.

A web site has been put together at Room101BigDelicious.com which will be part informational and part fun.

On to the cigar…

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Room 101 OSOK 212 NYC Edition

Room 101 OSOK 212 NYC Edition

Origin : Honduras
Room 101 cigarsFormat : Various
Size : N/A
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
Filler : Honduran Corojo & Dominican Piloto
Binder : Honduran Corojo Seco
Hand-Made
Price : $12.50+

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!

Now, on to the reviews…

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Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Epicure

Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Epicure

Origin : HondurasArturo Fuente
Format : Robusto
Size : : 5 1/4" x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $30 for a 5-pack
More info about purchasing Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur cigars...

I am always on the lookout for non-Cuban cigars that I can add to my collection. I have often heard about the Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur but never had the opportunity to try it. While in Manhattan a few months back I decided to seek them out and was able to find a 5-pack for $30.00. I was told by the clerk that they did not have many more available and that they sell out pretty quick. I figured it had something to do with the very affordable price of $6.00 a cigar and was actually hoping that it had more to do with the cigar itself. The MSRP for this cigar is $5.00 so I am sure that you can find this cigar online for that price. So how does this $5.00 to $7.00 robusto-sized cigar hold up? I wanted to be as fair as possible so I smoked two cigars 4 days apart. The following is my review detailing my experience.

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J. Fuego 777 Maduro Robusto

J. Fuego 777 Maduro Robusto

Origin : HondurasJ. Fuego Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler : 2/3 Nicaraguan Corojo and 1/3 Nicaraguan Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan Corojo
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4-5 each
More info about purchasing J. Fuego 777 Maduro cigars...

This is my review of the J. Fuego 777 Maduro Robusto (5x50). I picked these up as a 5-pack from CigarMonster.com.

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Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Robusto

Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Robusto

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Nicaraguan
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5-7 each
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Please welcome our new reviewer known as The Cigar Surgeon, M.D. We hope you'll enjoy his thorough cigar reviews! Here is his bio:

I started smoking cigars about 7-8 years ago now. In the back of my mind it was always something I thought I would enjoy but I just didn't take it up as a hobby. With my other hobbies of coffee roasting, scotch tasting and photography it seems to have found a nice comfortable niche.

This is my review of the Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Robusto (5.5 x 50). I purchased a 5-pack from Cigar Monster. Final tally was $4 a stick. The Vintage 1992 Robusto is listed as a medium strength with medium to full flavor. Inside you'll find Dominican and Nicaraguan filler, with a Nicaraguan binder. The whole thing ties together with an aged Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper.

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Room 101 “One Shot One Kill” Trucha

Room 101 One Shot One Kill Trucha

Origin : Honduras
Room 101 cigarsFormat : Figurado
Size : 6.5 x 30 x 50 x 19
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Honduran Corojo & Dominican Piloto
Binder : Honduran Corojo
Hand-Made
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,...

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Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill

Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Honduran 2006 Corojo (Maduro)
Filler : Honduran/Nicaraguan blend
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10-11 each
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Any cigar enthusiast knows that Cigar Aficionado magazine has become the cigar industry’s standard when it comes to cigars. Cigar smokers and manufacturers alike refer to it as the bible when it comes to the cigar lover’s lifestyle and culture. A high rating in this publication can make your sales soar, while at the same time negative feedback can often leave your cigars collecting dust on the back shelf of the walk-in humidor.

Perhaps no list is as eagerly awaited each year than their list of the year’s best cigars. One cigar gets to be crowned “Cigar of the Year” and, for as long as I can remember, I’ve been making it a point to ensure that I get my hands on the number one so that I can see for myself what the hype is about. On some occasions I had already smoked their top rated cigar while on others I hadn’t. The last cigar to be crowned Cigar Aficionado’s cigar of the year was the Alec Bradley Prensado. Many ‘aficionados’ found this selection surprising/controversial. In fact, I had never paid much attention to this cigar before, having tasted some of Alec Bradley’s other offerings and not being too pleased with them. However, because this cigar won 2011’s cigar of the year, I was compelled to give it a go. I often agree with the magazine’s overall impressions. While I may not think as highly or as lowly as they do in some of their ratings, usually, I can agree on a good smoke or a bad one only disagreeing with the rating itself. Can we really crown something “the best” given that taste is so subjective?

Needless to say, the winning cigar, especially if it is a non-Cuban, can pretty much be assured of selling out their supply in short order. Cuban cigars are different because they cannot be purchased in the United States, one of the biggest markets for the aforementioned publication.

Having set my eyes on the Prensado, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one during my frequent visits to the United States. Thankfully I live a short drive to the border and normally pick up a few non-Cuban cigars when I cross the bridge. Living in Canada, the demand for non-Cuban cigars is not that great but we also have to contend with some hefty tobacco taxes. I was uneasy about spending over $20.00 one of these cigars here in Canada so I waited until one of my trips to the U.S. to pick up a stick.

I picked one up in early February, paying $10.75 for it. Buying them by the box will save on the per-cigar price, a practise that is against the law here in Canada. That is, you cannot offer a discount if you buy the box but instead must pay the actual cigar price multiplied by the number of sticks.

With all that said and out of the way, the other night was a perfect mild evening with little to no humidity and no breeze. It was the perfect outdoor condition to enjoy a cigar, and a Churchill at best given that I would need some time to get through this 7 inch smoke. Therefore, enough rambling... time to dig into the review. Is the reigning champion worthy of the its title?

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Cruzado Domenicas Extra

Cruzado Domenicas Extra

Origin : HondurasCruzado
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 56
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Criollo '98
Filler : Nicaraguan/Honduran (Criollo '98 & Corojo '06)
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10 each
More info about purchasing Cruzado cigars...

The Cruzado is a line of cigars released by Dion Giolito, owner of Illusione cigars. They are the only cigars that are not Nicaraguan puros in his portfolio. Cruzado means "bearer of the cross" and the bands are gilded in gold, silver, and black with the Cruzado name aside the Crest of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Much like the Illusione MJ12's, the Domenicos Extra is wrapped in gold foil instead of silver.

It seems that availability of the Cruzado line is fairly more limited than his other popular lines (Epernay & Illusione). And among the Cruzados, the Domenicos Extra is the rarest. Several of the other vitolas have been discontinued over time only leaving a few sizes left. It's no secret that I am a huge fan of the Illusione & Epernay lines, and the former seems to be the overall favorite cigar amongst my circle of friends. The Domenicos Extras I smoked for this review are the first I have had of the Cruzado line. So here goes,...

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