Another one of Matt Booth’s creations is on its way to retailers, as the Room101 Big Payback Maduro has begun shipping.

It’s the return of a cigar that was originally released in 2014 as a way to bring a value-priced cigar to fans and supporters of the brand, while also delivering bigger ring gauges and a hearty Nicaraguan flavor profile. Booth debuted the cigar at the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

For the re-release of the line, Booth turned to General Cigar Co.’s STG Danlí factory. He also changed the blend, selecting a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Connecticut shade binder and fillers from Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Since it is a different blend, Booth is giving it a slightly different name, referring to this as The Big Payback Maduro.

The line is being released in three vitolas:

  • 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)

The original Room101 Big Payback was produced at Agroindustrias Laepe S.A. in Danlí, Honduras and featured slightly different sizes than this new version, specifically a 7 x 70 vitola.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.