SIZE: 6-1/2" X 30/50
FACTORY: Agroindustria LAEPE SA
STRENGTH: Medium - Full
Three Season Porch at Home
November 29, 2016 @ 1 PM
Starbucks Holiday Blend (black)
Maybe the last decent fall day - low 60s, no precip
RELEASE TYPE: Regular Production (since discontinued)
ORIGINALLY RELEASED: November 2016
3,500 boxes of 20
(across all 3 vitolas)
70,000 total cigars
CIGAR BACKGROUND INFO
Many sites incorrectly list this vitola 5-1/2" for some reason
Room101 was a part of Davidoff/Camacho's USA line of cigarsAccording to the line's founder, Matt Booth, Room101 is designed to push the limits on size, price and branding
Johnny Tobacconaut was unveiled at the 2015 IPCPR
Room101 gets its name from the torture room in George Orwell's novel 1984
Mr. Johnny Tobacconaut has a little lore as well -
“One small puff for man, one giant cascade of flavor for mankind is what our dear friend and comrade in arms Johnny Tobacconaut seeks to deliver unto you. Unsheathe this smoke wagon of funkadelic flavor and afford yourself a micro escape from your day. The mini vacation you are about to embark upon, should you choose to accept it, will bring you one step closer to becoming that gentleman or gentle-lady of leisure we all know is within you.”
Kinda dumb – but nonetheless cool that they’re going all-in on this marketing thing
All three vitolas released are perfectos - a timeless shape I love
This band is very nicely done. You can sense the influence from Matt Booth’s jewelry background as this looks like a ring you might find in a showcase. The plain copper text is matched by Room101’s floral logo on the opposite side and complimented by a copper secondary band.
The band, of course, closely relates to the boxes – which helps to unify the line.
All in all, I like the band design – feels simple yet someone has taken the time to develop and refine it.
I’ll say the construction definitely looks high-end – gorgeous light brown wrapper smooth with some prominent veining. A little closer inspection reveals some raised seams however, which betrays the high-end initial look. Maybe it’s just this cigar? Everything else about it feels classy.
The perfecto cap is well-constructed and matched by a beautiful perfecto-style foot.
The body of the cigar feels very loose and has a lot of give. They’ve been stored at 67-68% humidity and right around 70 degrees – so I’m pretty sure it’s not how the cigars were stored. I’ll be curious to read if others have found this as well.
Barnyard smell is very prominent. Some rich earthy, peaty notes with boggy overtone.
Cold draw reinforces the barnyard aroma with some decent citrus zest – and sugary – almost like limeade. There is a definite lemon custard taste. Very nice open draw without feeling too open – surprising given the feel of the cigar.
LIGHT & DRAW
Cut: Palio straight-cut (ancient cutter)
Snip the tip, toast and fire it up with my single torch lighter. The sweetness is immediately gone and replaced by woody, nutty tones – and honestly, even these are very muted. The initial few puffs are disappointingly bland and not really indicative to the pre-light aroma or draw.
Smoke is quite plentiful. As most perfecto vitolas do, it started out tame and has now built to nice voluminous billows of beautiful white smoke on each puff.
> Citrus, wood, nuts
As it progresses into the early stages of the cigar, the light citrusy notes are slowly returning and complimenting the wood/nut notes. The ash is layering and stacking nicely. Burn line below the chalky white ash is very clean and even.
> Herbal, cream, barnyard
Lemony profiles still softly govern the flavor of this cigar. There are also some harder to detect things happening – maybe a little chai tea latte – there’s a spicy, creamy sweetness to it – nothing prominent, more like a subtle backdrop to the lemon sweetness. Some of the barnyard is starting to come back just slightly. Some unfortunately timed ashing.
> Hay, tea, vanilla
The lemon and sweet flavors are basically gone. The cigar has moved to more light pepper and hay flavors. There are also still some tea tones – maybe something along the lines of a traditional Earl Grey – the creamy nature of a latte seems to have faded. Also noticing some lingering vanilla on the finish.
Burn line got a little unruly but some minor maintenance and it’s right back to being crisp and clean.
RATING & FINAL THOUGHTS
Construction & Appearance ....... 0.63 / 0.80
Pre-Light Characteristics ............. 0.46 / 0.50
Lighting Process ............................. 0.50 / 0.50
Smoking Experience ..................... 6.46 / 7.70
Personal Enjoyment ....................... 0.33 / 0.50
Great mid-tier stogie.
Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
This smoke, while enjoyable, is a little schizophrenic – it has some very interesting flavor profiles but instead of them progressing in an expected manner, they seem to come and go sporadically throughout the smoke. Certainly starts on the sweeter side and moves on to be a little more peppery at the end.
A medium smoke that is a great uncomplicated cigar perfect for smoking at a tailgate or BBQ, where you want a cigar in your hand but aren’t necessarily concentrating on the flavor nuances.
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HOW WE COMPARE:
I love reading other reviewers' thoughts on the cigars I'm smoking and reviewing. Here's how my review stacks up compared to some other, probably better reviews:
|Site||Vitola Reviewed||Rating||Normalized Rating||Link|
|The Cigar Authority||Rinflactic||88||8.8||http://thecigarauthority.com/johnny-tobacconaut-cigar-review/|
|Cigar Craig||Rinflactic||No Rating||-||http://www.cigarcraig.com/room-101-johnny-tobacconaut-ranflactic-cigar-review/|
|Leaf Enthusiast||Rinflactic||No Rating||-||http://www.leafenthusiast.com/cigar-preview-room-101-johnny-tobacco-naut/|
Other reviews for the Johnny Tobacconaut line are all over the place! Some people love it and had perfectly constructed sticks! Other reviewers had horribly made cigars that were borderline unsmokeable! It really is crazy how much the quality of this particular line seems to vary – especially given the limited release nature of it. It just goes to show, reviews can be unreliable – make sure you’re smoking and rating cigars for yourself – not eliminating them from your options based on some bad reviews! Or, for that matter, buying them solely on good reviews!