Room 101 One Shot One Kill
This cigar is a limited release from Room 101, and is the brain child of Matt Booth. Like other Room 101’s, the OSOK is made in Camacho’s factory in Honduras. I didn’t snap a picture of the box, but they sport some pretty cool artwork. I generally don’t care about packaging or flash, but I admit it caught my eye and I bought some. Marketing does work, I am living proof.
Back to the cigar… It comes in three sizes, the 8 x 60 Chingon, 4.5 x 52 Filero, and 6.5 x 50 Trucha. I guess the deal is, these cigars are rolled by one person due to their complex shape. This resulted in very limited production numbers. As always, I paired this cigar with water…
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Size: Perfecto “Chingon” 8 x 60
Pre-Smoke & Construction:
The dark brown wrapper had a velvety smooth appearance, yet glistened in the light. No major flaws were found, but there was a 1/2 inch tear towards the middle of the wrapper. The smell of the wrapper was mild barnyard. Sounds gross, but it isn’t. The cigar was a little spongy to the touch, but it didn’t concern me. The pre-light draw had slight resistance, and had a dark coffee and mild bitter sweetness.
The burn required several corrections during the first and second third, but wasn’t anything outrageous. The ash held for just over an inch before falling off.
The first third started off with a mild cedar. As got out of the tapered perfecto end, the flavors developed a bit. Wood was the dominant flavor, with earthiness, easy pepper, and something else I had trouble pinning down. I’ll call it floral. It’s the closest thing I can think of.
The second third kept that dominant woody flavor. What I can only describe as floral remained throughout this third as well. The peppery spice developed a little zing, but remained easy to swish around the mouth and through the sinus. Earthiness took a back seat, but it would rear it’s head from time to time. A sweet bitter chocolate appeared and built in strength the more I smoked. The aftertaste became a sweet tingly spice. The smoke feel was dry and I craved water.
In the last third, the sweet tingly spice took front row along with a dark bitter chocolate. I say bitter but it isn’t a bad bitterness. It is what you would relate to dark chocolate or cooking chocolate, not your standard Milky Way or 7-11 candy bar. This was some rich stuff. Earthiness went away, and that dominant woody flavor fell to the background. All the while, that floral note was wrapped around everything.
This was a pretty long winded review, but this was a very good cigar. It started out in the lower medium range and built to a full flavored, full powered experience. I didn’t time how long it took to smoke, but it didn’t matter, it was worth the commitment. A complex flavor profile and changes made this a joy to smoke. I was expecting less. This cigar is worth the money and time, at least in my opinion.
This entry was posted on Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 5:33 am and is filed under Cigar Reviews. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.