Robusto Gordo, 5 x 60
|Cigar age||1 yr. 5.7 mo.|
BACKGROUND: This week’s “Postscript” review is of the Room 101 Conjura Edition Robust Gordo. I first reviewed this stogie on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast in Episode 252 on Sunday, December 19, 2010. They have been waiting in my Elie Bleu desktop humidor for 1 year, 5.6 months for this second review and I pulled out my last two samples this past week for a revisit.
The Conjura Edition cigar is the second release from Room 101 Cigars, the partnership of Matt Booth, a Los Angeles based jewelry designer and Camacho Cigars.
Prior to his entry into the cigar business Matt owned, and still operates and owns, Room 101, a luxury lifestyle collection, which includes his signature custom jewelry designs, but also includes the "best of the best" of a variety of luxury lifestyle products. I am the proud owner of an ultra-cool, solid silver lighter made for me by Matt and it is the ultimate in “pod-factor.” Anyone who has owned one of Matt’s accessories or jewelry will tell you that his creations are the pinnacle of accessory art. When it came to producing his own cigar brand, Matt wanted the same top of the line reputation and so he partnered with the Camacho Cigar Company.
Conjura, which means conspiracy in Spanish, was designed to be more in keeping with the history of the Room 101 enterprise, that of producing products that are limited, exclusive and edgy. The Conjura Edition is purportedly fuller in body, but with continued nuances of the 101 original style.
This is the first in a series of Room 101 limited edition cigars, which was followed by the Namakubi. The Conjura Edition is made with a mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, a Honduran binder, and a hybrid seed Honduran/Nicaraguan wrapper grown in Honduras.
The cigar comes in four sizes, each limited to 12,500 cigars and they retail from $6.95 to $9.95 per cigar. Today’s featured size is the 5 x 60 Robusto Gordo.
TASTING NOTES: This hefty Robusto comes to the party with plenty of spice and texture on the palate. I noted white pepper and leather with a touch of medium-roast coffee. The retrohale brings out more white pepper and floral aromas. The finish displayed cedar and a bit of tobacco sweetness that left a pleasant aftertaste on my palate. This cigar is nothing if not complex.
The draw was very smooth and effortless and the burn line was slightly meandering but even, over all. The pearl-white ash was flaky and I tapped off early and often to avoid a lap dance...
FINAL THOUGHTS: The Room 101 Conjura Edition is a great offering from Matt Booth and Camacho. It is a well-constructed cigar that is complex and flavorful. The Conjura has mellowed considerably with an extra year of aging, though I would imagine that in smaller ring gauges it would be fuller in body, strength and flavor.
A year ago I called this a full-bodied cigar, but right now I would say it is medium in body and strength and medium-full in flavor. Further, on the retrohale, here’s what I said a year ago about the Conjura: “This cigar will hit your nose like a white-hot cauterizing rod and deliver a lightening bolt of white pepper spice.” Again, after a year of extra age, the cigar lacks the high impact that it had a year ago, and yet, what it lacks in raw horsepower, it makes up for with complexity and nuance.
Nevertheless, I can recommend this cigar to all cigar smokers. At around $8 per stick this limited edition stick may scare some people away from purchasing it. However, I would recommend that you spring for at least one or two cigars to see if this one will light your fire. I wouldn’t give the Conjura high marks for long aging, but I think it's a fine smoke and well worth having in your humidor.
I am down to my last two samples of this batch, which were sent to my by my buddy Blake. I have kept them with cellophane wrappers intact in my Elie Bleu desktop humidor. This is a small (40-count) humidor, which I keep pretty well filled. The humidor keeps an excellent humidity and I use Boveda humidification packets at 69%RH.
This review is the second and final "Postscript" review of this batch of cigars, which have been resting in my humidor for 1 year, 5.6 months.
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