Week in Review (Volume 3, Issue 15)
I spent a lot of this time this week coming back to the Camacho portfolio, and it is a portfolio that is fairly solid. I know a lot of today's smoker don't connect with Honduras and Honduran tobacco, Nicaragua has been dominating that field with the Dominican Republic in a far second, but it is a country that is growing some great tobacco and there are some amazing cigars being made there as well. I personally find quite a bit of enjoyment in Honduran Corojo and Criollo tobacco, and Camacho has done a good job in the re-blending of the Camacho Criollo and the Camacho Corojo. Of course I smoked some cigars this week that have a good amount off Nicaraguan tobacco in them as well, and they were great cigars. Speaking of Nicaraguan tobacco, there is so often the case that Nicaraguan tobacco is very close to that of Cuba, but in my opinion that is far from the truth and I believe there is more similarity with Dominican and Honduran tobacco to that of tobacco from Cuba.
Cigars Reviewed This Week:
Thursday, April 23rd, 2021: Montecristo Petit Edmundo
Cigars Smoked This Week:
Probably one of my favorite Tatuaje smokes, the Reserva J21 is an awesome and amped up version of the Seleccion de Cazador line. The Nicaraguan blend in the filler and binder pair well with the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, and the robusto size is a classic size for the line. Construction is always perfect with the cigar, and the medium-full strength and body level are perfect as well. They are great young or with age, and no matter how old they may be the flavors are truly splendid. The cigar delivers some classic old school flavors, and it has a nice cappuccino, leather, oak, nutty and toasty quality. I have enjoyed some newer releases from Pete Johnson and Tatuaje, but there is something about his older blends that are so much better.
Room 101 is a brand I can really get behind, and there are a lot of reasons for that. The blends with the releases are more often than not to my liking, and since the Namakubi they have had some great smokes. The flavors being delivered are unique and enjoyable, and while not every release is my cup of tea, a majority of the releases are releases I get behind. Along with solid blends, Room 101 has been using some awesome vitolas, and for the most part they are all fairly small offerings. He has your classic Churchill in the Sucio, but he has has terrific lanceros/Mutantes, and also some wonderful Rothschild offerings with his Roxxo vitola. His latest release is the Room 101 Ichiban Roxxo, and it is a release for a specific store, Cigar Realm. The cigar features a heavy amount of Nicaraguan tobacco and is completed with a dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. In terms of flavors the cigar has a lot going on, and there is a nice bit of transitioning throughout. It begins very spicy and woody, but as it progresses it begins to show some more coffee and cocoa notes while being concluded with a combination of cocoa and spice flavors. I have smoked through quite a bit of these and I can tell you that for the price these are a no brainer, and a great release for Room 101..