BACKGROUND: This postscript review is on the Room 101 Namakubi Edition, which I first featured in Episode 295 of the Stogie Fresh 5 on Sunday, November 20, 2011. These cigars have been resting in my humidor for a total of 1 year and 5 months and 3 days and I pulled out a couple of samples this past week for this postscript review.
Matt Booth, who is the brand owner of Room 101 cigars, came up with the Namakubi a couple of years ago now. The name of this cigar has its roots in the ancient Samurai culture. In ancient times when two Samurai clans would gather for battle, the losing party would likely die as a result of wounds sustained in battle or be executed upon defeat. The Namakubi was the freshly severed head of the losing party that would be prepared on a wooden tray and presented to the leader of the winning clan as a gift. That gives new meaning to the term, “giving head.”
The Room 101 LTD Namakubi Limited Edition is the second limited edition smoke from Room 101. (You may remember that the first one was called the Conjura Edition.) The cigars are comprised of Dominican and Honduran filler blend, a Honduran binder and an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
The cigars come in five sizes, including one with a 60 ring gauge and another a diminutive 4 inches by 42 ring gauge. They retail for $6 to $10 each and production is limited to just 1,000 boxes per size and a total production of 100,000 cigars. The Namakubi comes packed 20 to the box, except for the Papi Chulo, which comes in a 50-count cabinetta style box.
This week’s featured Namakubi is the 6-inch by 44 ring gauge Tiburon
TASTING NOTES: The Namakubi Tiburon is nothing if not complex. This stogie has flavors that are spicy, sweet and woody. There are flavors of white pepper, black pepper and the savoriness of bacon.
And then you have the retrohale, which brings more black pepper and white pepper and chili pepper and oak wine barrel. Whew!
I was surprised that this cigar started out with full flavor, since in my last review I noted that it started out light in flavor and body.
As with a year ago, the draw and burn were near perfect on this stick, which sported a razor sharp burn line and a fairly flaky medium gray ash.
This cigar has really amped up in body, flavor and strength. I would place it at medium-full in all three and, after a year and a half of age, this makes this a good pick for aging.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The Room 101 Namakubi Edition Tiburon has all the elements of a great smoke. It displays big, bold and yet complex flavors. The retrohale is huge and fulminating. And the finish is long and spicy.
The Namakubi is a versatile smoke. I can smoke this cigar any time of day and pair it with almost any libation. From a morning coffee to an evening Scotch and everything in between, the Namakubi will surely appeal to a large segment of cigar smokers.
These cigars have been stored in their original box inside my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. The cigars come without cellophane sleeves, but keeping them together in their original box will allow the marrying of the oleoresins over time. This makes for a good aging situation.
This is the second and final review of these sticks.