In 2019, Matt Booth and Room 101 Cigars announced their newest release, and it would be a release called Master Collection One. With the name, there was no denying that there would be a follow up release, and sure enough in 2020 we got Master Collection Two. The series would feature the same five vitolas every year, but each year the packaging would get a change and more importantly, the cigars would be a new blend. At the beginning of this year, Room 101 announced that we would be seeing the Mater Collection Three, and that this would be the final installment in the series. Like year's past, it would feature a whole new blend and the packaging would be different as well. I have always been a fan of the series, finding them to be the best releases from Room 101, and today I look at the final release and see how it smokes. Booth loves his Mutante vitola, as do I, so let's take a look at the Master Collection Three Mutante.
The Master Collection Three lines comes in five vitolas, and they are all vitolas that Room 101 is known for. For this review I went with the Mutante, and production of the cigar was capped at 10,000 cigars. The cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a binder from the Dominican Republic, and a filler blend that is composed of Nicaraguan tobacco. Like all Room 101 release, the cigar is made in Honduras, and is made at Agroindustrias Laepe, S.A. The Mutante has a nice pigtail cap and a very neutral colored wrapper. I would say it is a dead-on Natural colored wrapper, and at the same time it shows some faint oils with a nice smoothness. There are very few veins present all around, and it is has a firmness that is showing some softer qualities. The foot of the cigar is delivering an aroma that is showing some bran, spice, leather, and tobacco notes, and the wrapper is delivering some soft spice notes with touches of wood and tobacco.
The cigar begins by showing some really nice spice notes and they are strong and warm spices. There are some dry earth and tobacco notes present as well, and it is showing some faint dried apricot qualities on top of that. I am picking up some cinnamon qualities present as well on the finish, and it is a great flavor profile. I would say that the strength and body are around a medium to medium-full level, and they are pairing perfectly with the flavors delivered with the cigar. I think this is a great afternoon cigar and a perfect smoke for the summertime, in my opinion. The construction is top notch with the smoke and it is producing a solid burn line with a firm light charcoal ash on the end. The ash is not holding on that well, it is falling off quite a bit, but that is not a major problem. The draw is cool, giving off a nice bit of smoke and it is a well made lancero.
I am in the second third of the cigar now and I am finding that it is showing some nice transitioning and it is becoming creamier overall. There is a nice combination of cream, oak, tobacco and bran, but it also has some strong warm spices that are showing some pepper and cinnamon flavors. There is a touch of black coffee on the finish, and this is a solid blend that is to my liking. The construction is top notch on the cigar still and it is showing an even burn line with that charcoal ash on the end. The ash is doing a better job of holding on overall, and it is still delivering a great bit of smoke with each draw. It is cool with the smaller ring gauge and I love what Booth and Room 101 does with the lancero vitola, or their Mutante. It is smoking at that medium to medium-full level still in this third, and this cigar speaks to me.
When I get into the final third of the cigar I find that there is little transitioning, but is still delivering those solid flavors from the second third that I am connecting with. There is a nice creaminess present with the spice and pepper notes, and it is accompanied by some dried wood, earth and tobacco flavors. There is a touch of cinnamon and coffee on the finish, and it is a smooth and flavorful finale. The body and strength finish at that medium level, a level that the cigar has been present with since the beginning, and it a finish that makes me want to have another cigar afterwards. The construction remains top notch with the cigar and it is showing an even burn line on the end with a nice and solid charcoal colored ash. The draw is cool to the nub, and a nice amount of smoke is produced till I put it down to rest.
Master Collection Three is probably my favorite of the Master Collection series, and it is a series that I have been a big fan of since Master Collection One. I have only assessed the series in the Mutante/lancero vitola, and the lanceros in every line have been great lanceros. Every release has been special and different, and what I appreciate about all the releases is that the packaging is very different as well. I think the packaging on the Three is the best, and that is because I like how the black on white comes off. In regards to the more important aspect, the actual cigar, it is a flavorful offering from Room 101 and it shows complexity and transitioning throughout. The construction was always top notch and with that was a nice strength and body level that I connect with in cigars. Cigars that are flavorful and smoke around the medium-full level are more to my liking, and that is what this cigar offered. I am giving this cigar a solid 92 rating, and I look forward to smoking the line in different offerings before they are all gone.
Seth's Humidor Rating: 92