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IPCPR 2019: Room101

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Room101 was situated off the first main aisle past the first row of big booths, though I have a feeling that no matter where the booth was located, it would have been just as swamped.

As some people had worried about, day three did seem to be slower in terms of retailers walking about. In fact a number of manufacturers I had visited spoke about how slow the day had been for them. That wasn’t the case for Room101, in fact, it was the exact opposite of what their day three experience was. Owner Matt Booth is one of the friendliest individuals at the convention that wants to give you his entire attention but there are so many people that want to talk to him about cigars, business or just life, that he’s one of the more difficult owners to nail down for an interview. Thankfully, I was able to and got all the details on the new things coming out of the Room101 camp.

Room101 10th Anniversary

It’s Room101’s 10th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than an anniversary cigar?

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Rosado)
  • Binder: Undisclosed
  • Filler: Undisclosed
  • Room101 10th Anniversary (6 x 52) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)

Production: 500 Boxes of 20 Cigars (10,000 Total Cigars)

Release Date: July 2019

Room101 Doomsayer Habano

One of the new lines that is being introduced is one that Booth describes as a value premium line. The Doomsayer will come in two different wrappers, the first being an Ecuadorian Habano.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua & U.S.A. (Pennsylvania Broadleaf)
  • Room101 Doomsayer Habano (6 x 55) — $7.50 (Box of 55, $412.50)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

Room101 Doomsayer Maduro

Up next is the Doomsayer Maduro – same as above, but with a maduro wrapper.

  • Wrapper: Undisclosed
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua & U.S.A. (Pennsylvania Broadleaf)
  • Room101 Doomsayer Maduro (6 x 55) — $7.50 (Box of 55, $412.50)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

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Room101 Farce Maduro

The latest blend from the Farce series is the Maduro, and it’s packaging was so cool and looked so good, that Room101 decided to update the rest of the Farce lines to match the look. I was apparently so mesmerized by how good it looked that I forgot to actually take a photo of it.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Filler: Nicaragua & U.S.A. (Connecticut & Pennsylvania Broadleaf)
  • Room101 Farce Maduro Papi Chulo (4 x 42) — $6.90 (Box of 20, $138)
  • Room101 Farce Maduro Robusto (5 1/2 x 52) — $10.90 (Box of 20, $218)
  • Room101 Farce Maduro Toro (6 x 52) — $11.90 (Box of 20, $238)
  • Room101 Farce Maduro Magnum (6 x 60) — $12.90 (Box of 20, $258)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: June 10, 2019

Rooom101 The Big Payback

The Big Payback is (pay)back, and while it’s got the same name, it’s a brand new blend and starting off with just a maduro release. While there are tentative plans for a Connecticut release in the future, no definite plans or release dates have been set.  Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Connecticut shade binder and fillers from Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic

  • Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: USA (Connecticut Shade)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua
  • Room101 The Big Payback Maduro Robusto (5 1/4 x 50) — $6.50 (Bundle of 20, $130; Box of 40, $260)
  • Room101 The Big Payback Maduro Toro (6 x 54) — $7 (Bundle of 20, $140; Box of 40, $280)
  • Room101 The Big Payback Maduro Gordo (6 x 60) — $7.50 (Bundle of 20, $150; Box of 40, $300)

Production: Regular

Release Date: August 2019

Overall Score

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Brian Burt
About the author

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010 I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion. Besides my cigar hobby and job in the IT industry, my wife and I love traveling, trying new restaurants and relaxing at home with our two dogs.

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