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Room101 Serie HN Cigar Review
By J. Wood
11/7/2013 3:54:00 PM  

Room101 Serie HN 615 Cigar Review

Wrapper: Honduran Criollo ‘98

Binder:Brazilian Mata Fina, Honduran Criollo ‘98

Filler: Dominican Navarette

Size: 615 (7 x 48)



The Room 101 HN, unveiled at the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, is another highly-anticipated addition to the Room101 portfolio from Matt Booth, founder of the popular boutique brand. This cigar was built around Honduran Criollo, per Oettinger Davidoff Group:


Following the success of our most recent core offering, the Room101 San Andres, we’ve decided to take yet another unique journey with this new blend. Honduran Criollo is widely-known for its signature taste; rich, rugged and filled with intense spice. By itself, Criollo can be slightly one dimensional. However, when expertly combined with tobaccos such as Mata Fina from Brazil and a creamy Dominican Navarette, the richness and spice of Criollo comes to life in an unimaginable way. The result is a multi-dimensional and full-flavored, medium-intensity cigar with a level of balance unmatched by most.




The “HN” comes from the use of both the Honduran Criollo, the “H,” and Dominican Navarette, the “N.”

The Room101 Serie HN is being release in five vitolas: 213 (5 1/2 x 44), 305 (5 x 50), 615 (7 x 48), 808 (6 x 60) and Papi Chulo (4 x 42). Each size comes in a 25-count box, except the Papi Chulo, which comes in a 50-count box. This is a limited production smoke. Only 20,000 of each vitola were produced. I smoked the 615 for this review.



Appearance:


This long cigar has an evenly colored wrapper with very minial veins and a fine grain. The cigar is finished with a triple cap, has a leathery look and is velvety to the touch. The cigar feels well-filled when squeezed with no soft spots.


Tasting:


The cigar has smells of barnyard, cedar, fruit rind and leather. The cold draw is open and provides a mixture of raisins, chocolate and coffee with some earth.




1st Third:


The Serie HN started with a load of pepper spice on the light and delivered plenty of smoke. There were flavors of red pepper, earth and leather. Some mild fruitiness complimented the spice nicely. The first third was rounded out nicely with plenty of woodiness.


2nd Third:


During the middle of the cigar, the spice and earth stuck around, though the spice wasn’t overwhelming. Some sweetness began to develop, and the fruitiness turned into a distinct orange peel. The leather was a predominant note towards the final third with some cinnamon in the background.


Final Third:


A lot of the previous flavors carried over into the last bit of the cigar including the leather and earth. The fruitiness receded a bit, but was still slightly present. The strength of the cigar stayed constant throughout, which was somewhere between medium-bodied and full-bodied. Some hints of toffee, cocoa powder and tea rounded out the end of the cigar.


Overall:


This is an incredibly complex cigar. I would love to try the other sizes to see how this interesting mix of tobaccos would perform in other vitolas. It’s a shame that this cigar is being made in such limited quanitities because it is just that good. The flavors evolve in a way that isn’t common with many other cigars. Even with the backbone of leather, spice and earth, a whole array or interesting flavors come forward. I can’t say I’ve tasted a cigar with such a distinct orange peel presence before. This is a cigar you’ll want to try.

Estimated smoking time: 2 hours

Until we get the Room101 Serie HN, you can check out Atlantic's other Room101 offerings here.



Currently rated 2.7 by 3 people

Tags: Room101, Criollo '98, Dominican Navarrette, Serie HN, Davidoff, Honduran, Matt Booth
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Ortega Cigars Series D No. 12 Review
By gc
2/13/2012 5:37:00 PM  
Ortega Series D - No. 12 (5 x 52)

Background:
In early February Eddie Ortega announced his departure from his partnership with Erik Espinoza in their EO Brands company. Eddie left EO on good terms, and ultimately made the decision to be more independent and create his own brands. Check out full coverage of this news from our good friends at halfwheel.com.

Very shortly after that he released access to his new website ortegacigars.com, which announced his new cigar imprint, Ortega Cigars. The website lists 3 lines that Ortega will be releasing, the Serie "D", the Brotherhood, and the Aftershock. The Series D is the only cigar by Ortega that has been released, today I will be reviewing the No. 12 (5 x 52) size.  Rolled at the My Father Cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the cigar uses a Mexican San Andreas Maduro Wrapper and features Nicaraguan fillers and binders from Jalapa and Esteli. The Series D is available in 5 sizes, all box-pressed.

Eddie's website explains that the Ortega Cigar Co has a deep commitment to quality and that by using the best materials available, and by taking the time to allow the cigar to cure and age to perfection, you will be able to identify a "characteristic personality" within each cigar you smoke. What more can you ask for in a cigar? Atlantic does not currently have the Ortega Series D for sale, but they are coming soon so keep an eye out.



Appearance:
The Ortega Series D is encased in a dark, toothy wrapper, the cigars are box-pressed and very firm and well packed. The scent off the wrapper is very barnyard, the pre-light draw having the same earthiness as well as some sweet tobacco flavor.



First Third:

Upon lighting the Ortega Series D my first few draws give off a very sweet, spicy Nicaraguan flavor. The standing smoke output of the cigar is minimal which I prefer to a cigar that puts off smoke like a campfire. The cigar has a wonderful sweet nutty aroma. Lots of sweet character upfront with the perfect amount of spice through the nose on the retrohale. The body remains in the medium area in the first third, but I can feel it building. Behind the earthy, molasses core is a cashew nuttiness that creates a very nice smooth flavor. The cigar's rich profile also includes some anise or almost a licorice flavor.



Second Third:
The salt and pepper ash has been hanging on in 1 inch segments before dropping off. So far the burn and draw of the Ortega D No. 12 has been great. While the burn is a bit wavy, the draw has the perfect amount of resistance. The peppery spice has fallen into the background and almost disappeared as the cigar hits its midway point. The cigar has hit it's stride and become very smooth, the sweetness has balanced out to produce a very enjoyable creaminess. At this point the body has built to something closer to medium - full.



Last Third:
The last third continued much like on much in the same fashion, with some rich earthy tobacco sweetness. The peppery spice returns, as the body continues to build to medium - full plus. I am very much enjoying this cigar, although the profile is rich, earthy and sweet, it's not super heavy or bowling me over with strength. Even as the Series D gets down to the final few inches, the cigar remains smooth.



Overall:
Although I only smoked a few of these to write this review, I enjoyed everyone individually. Each size brought a different experience to the table. The cigars are a great reference to the rich, flavorful cigars coming out of Nicaragua these days. If someone was to ask me what a Nicaraguan cigar taste like, I would hand them this cigar. I wish Eddie well on his journey, hopefully all that he's learned in his years in the industry will go into creating great product. All indications so far point exactly to that, an awesome first blend for a new Brand from an industry veteran.

*Ortega Cigars are coming soon to Atlantic Cigar, we'll keep you posted!

Currently rated 3.5 by 10 people

Tags: eddie ortega, eo brands, ortega cigars, series d, erik espinoza, san andreas maduro, esteli, nicaragua, jalapa, my father cigars, don pepin garcia, no. 12
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