Cigar Review: Room 101 Ichiban Maduro Corona

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Appearance: 6.25×44 Corona. Medium brown color on the wrapper, slight sheen, a few veins. Evenly packed, medium dense. The wrapper has a sweet aroma, I’m reminded of fresh popcorn. Taste is salt and pepper. Looks good.

Smoking: Lots of smoke, good burn line all the way down, draw perfect for me — I like it on the light side with only a slight resistance. Enough to remind you you’re not just breathing through a wide straw. Smoke time was 90 minutes, this is a slow smoking cigar.

Flavors: Light cedar, some pepper. I taste significant sweetness here, balsa incense, some sweet wood or leather, some warm cinnamon-like spice, brown sugar. I should note here that I am pairing this cigar with Mocambo 20, reviewed here, a rich rum with a lot of effect on a cigar. There is also some burnt vegetal flavor in there one of the things that makes this smoke different from my Room 101 favorite the Namakubi. In the second half, the leather comes forward while the brown sugar and pepper dial back. Some minty hint comes and goes. As the cigar gets to the nub the pepper comes forward again but everything else, a little muted, is still there!

These are good, highly recommended. I think the Namakubi is a little less expensive, around $8 compared to near $9 for the Ichiban but these prices vary a bit by vendor and more by vitola so look around. I think the Namakubi is sweeter and richer in flavor, but the Ichiban has those complex roasted vegetable and char flavors that the Namakubi lacks. Your palate might easily favor the Ichiban! Either choice will be a good cigar experience.

Cigar Review: Asylum Lobotomy

scrapbook Asylum Lobotomy Petit-corona (4.25″x44) seems to be a Famous Smoke exclusive. There are a few vitolas, but these little babies are by far the smallest and they are tiny indeed, like my present favorite the Room 101 Ecuador petit-corona (see picture)! But it’s a very different cigar!

A Nicaraguan puro with Habano Maduro wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and fillers (otherwise unspecified). It looks real nice. Smooth dark wrapper, slightly oily, not densely packed but not loose either. Feels good with no aparent soft spots. The wrapper aroma is manure and barnyard, very rich. On the cold draw, I got little, but the wrapper is noticibly salty.

Smoking was good. Lots of smoke, perfect draw all the way along. I had to correct the burn a few times, but then I am a “serial corrector”. Oddly though, it did go out a couple of times and I didn’t think I was smoking too slowly. This being the first of these I’ve smoked, and they are fresh having only just been released in February 2016, I’ll see how others go in this.

lobotomynoruler Flavors… Well, if you like pepper bombs, you will love this cigar. From first to last, there is lots of pepper on the tongue and retrohale. It can get so bright that it sometimes tastes like there is a little lemmon peel in there once in a while. Otherwise the first half of the cigar has vegetal, barnyard notes, burnt wood, maybe cedar. As the cigar slips into the second half some sweetness comes in. Sometimes I sense nut, or flowers, roasted vegetables and maybe something like hops. One of the nice things this cigar does is transition from more burnt to sweet, but all sorts of flavor notes come and go adding to the layers here. Throughout it all there is the pepper. Every flavor seems to dance on the pepper but the pepper doesn’t mask the other flavors, instead I think it pushes everything else along. A very interesting blend!

Prices on these are very reasonable especially for the quality of the cigars. These petit-corona bundles of 20 come out to only $3.90/stick. Amazing!