Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Proprietary “Generoso” Honduras seed
Filler: Dominican and Honduran “Vuelta Abajo”
Shape: Papi Chulo (Petite Corona)
Size: 4″ x 42
Strength: Medium to Full
Production: 400 boxes (50ct cabinetta style)
Price Range: Around $6.00 MSRP
Back here again to bring you, our readers, another one of our Hot Picks. This time we have chosen the Room101 LTD Namakubi Papi Chulo. The Namakubi line is fairly new to Room101 collection and probably won’t be here for long due to them being a limited batch. Total production on this line is 100,000 cigars which consists of; Papi Chulo 42×4 (MSRP: $6.00): 400 boxes (50ct cabinetta style), Roxxo 48×4 (MSRP: $7.00): 1000 boxes, Tiburon 44×6 (MSRP: $8.00): 1000 boxes, Sucio 48×7 ($9.00): 1000 boxes, and Monstro 60×5 ($10.00): 1000 boxes with price growing by the size you get.
Along with the new line comes a story about the name “Namakubi” which goes like this as told by Room101 Cigars:
“Although in many ways long gone, Samurai culture is believed to live on in spirit within certain groups. In ancient times when two Samurai clans would gather for competition there was a great deal at stake. Normally, the losing party would die as a result of wounds sustained in battle or be executed upon defeat. The Namakubi, or freshly severed head of the losing party would be prepared on a wooden tray then tagged in a regimented manner and presented to the leader of the winning clan as a gift.
We, as modern day samurai, present to you our own Namakubi. These twenty limited edition cigars have been tagged (banded), and carefully prepared for your enjoyment. The blend is comprised of a beautiful Habano wrapper, complimented by a proprietary “Generoso” (Honduras) seed binder, Dominican and Honduran “Vuelta Abajo” fillers. The strength of this new limited is Medium to Full in body for a powerful, yet pleasant smoking experience.”
This story pretty much sums up how bad ass and excellent this cigar really is! Starting from the band which has red artistic lettering that has that blood look with black background which in my mind looks powerful hence going with the story. The light, brown wrapper is smooth with minimal veins that contains a oily finish which glistens in the light. The pack on this cigar is pretty firm with a little bit of give that pops back after releasing. The cap also on this stick is just right, with the wrapper smelling like a rich dark wood.
As for the pre-light draw I noticed noticed a woody earth mix that had a mild spice and then a sweetness right after that. The initial flavors off the first light were a floral sweetness followed by a cedar spice. There was a decent amount of smoke which had a warm sweet musk to it that stay pretty constant throughout the session.
The first third kept the initial flavors pretty much still having the great sweetness of floral along with the spice which was from the woody earth mix that was nice a rich. The combination of all of this just made an excellent starting off profile. The ash was a nice white with some grey peppered in it. The burn was doing good almost nice and sharp. Just before going into the second third the floral was the main presence here with the woody, earth spice playing second stage.
The second third I can start to feel it ramp up in strength more. The profile has pretty much the same flavors as before with the earth taking a more leather based tone and a espresso being there that would be considered a little darker, a cocoa type espresso which is going perfectly with the floral and spice mix. The ash is a tad flaky but, nothing to bothersome and the ash still staying pretty good with no touch ups needed.
Last third becomes more full bodied compared to the medium nature of the first two thirds of this stick. The spice of the wood is what really gets you here but, it’s not anything that makes you want to stop because you still have the coffee blend present along with a finish of a tiny bit floral citrus. So the roles kind of flip flop at this point which is great about this cigar takes you on a journey. As for the draw on this whole stick its nice and smooth which compliments it even more. Then the finish is a warm spice with a faint sweetness of floral citrus following.
Overall the Namakubi is a hit in our book! After having the Room101 Connecticut 615c it just made us want to try the Namakubi. Room101 these days is coming out with damn good cigars which I suggest you all give a try but, get these limited sticks before they are gone you won’t regret it! Hopefully they make one of these a standard line one day so everyone can enjoy.