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CA Review Panel: Room 101 Farce Habano Toro Cigar Review (Video)

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The Room 101 Farce Backstory 

Matt Booth’s sudden departure from the cigar industry in 2017 was sudden and unexpected. His Room 101 Cigars brand was successful, but the reason for his hiatus was to focus more on his jewelry business which carries the same name. But little more than a year later, he announced his return.

Room 101 farce cigars and box

The truth is, Booth never really left. He partially spent that time collaborating with Robert Caldwell and AJ Fernandez on their respective Room101 offshoots.    

With Booth’s official return came Room101 Farce, which he called in 2018, “the beginning of a new era.” As for the name ‘Farce,’ Booth has kept tight-lipped about it, so we’ll leave that to your imagination. Additionally, the blend features an impressive 5-country recipe, especially considering that mixing tobaccos from just two or three different countries can be a challenge in itself. 

Room 101 farce cigar and knob creek bourbon pairingpairing

Room 101 Farce cigars are presented in the following sizes: 

If you’ve given this blend a burn, let us know what you thought in the comments below. 

Room 101 Farce Cigar Review – Toro 

Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura, Dominican Republic 
Size: 6”x54 
Strength: Medium–Full 
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano 
Binder: Indonesia
Filler: U.S.A., Dominican Republic, & Nicaragua 
Presentation: Boxes of 20 

Room 101 Farce Habano Toro cigar review at Famous Smoke Shop

Room101 Farce cigar and Knob Creek bourbon pairing

Jared’s tasting notes… 

Construction and Overall Appearance: Triple-seam cap, nearly seamless, and reminds me of earthen clay like adobe in its appearance.  
Draw: Quite smooth. No issues. 
Pre-light flavorDark berry sweetness. 
Toasting & LightEarth, dry oak, mineral, and lettuce. 
Base flavorsMore dry oak, citrus, coffee on the finish (w/ floral notes and a dark sweetness later). 
RetrohalePeppery and sweet.  
AromaVery earthy, sweet, and pleasant. 
Burn / Ash QualityLooks and holds like concrete. Not much deviation in the burn line. 

Summary 

Room101 Farce began with me thinking “I don’t think I’m gonna like this” and ended with me incredibly satisfied and happy that I stuck around. 

To my palate, Farce has two very distinct acts. The first is what I’d expect from a Habano: woody, some citrus, coffee, spices, and pepper. The second wasn’t what I expected: rich notes of a darker sweetness that sits comfortably between molasses and brown sugar, a refreshing floral sweetness, and then a finale that is mouthwateringly savory.  

Room 101 Farce Original Habano Toro cigar review by Jared Gulick
 
Something else that I didn’t expect…a Habano to have as little spice as this. We talk a lot about cigars that are big on flavor without being big on bite. And for all you out there turned off by pepper, this gives you the full-bodied experience without burning your throat or nose. 
 
Room101 Farce exhibits quite a bit of sweetness, but it’s never overpowering, and given that its first half doesn’t give much at all, I’d recommend sipping on something sweet. My recommendation is a summertime favorite – Shock Top. The citrus elements in the beer will complement the citrus in the first half while boosting the sweetness of the second. Just add clear skies and sun and you’re golden. 

 

Gary’s tasting notes… 

Construction and Overall AppearanceA beautiful looking Toro that appears bigger than its 6”x54 dimensions, yet feels balanced in the hand. Ecuador Habano wrapper is seamlessly rolled, very clean, and has the appearance of polished, brown leather belt. The triple cap is also perfectly applied and clips easily resulting in a perfect circle.  
Draw (airflow)Perfect. 
Pre-light flavor (cold draw)Mostly nutmeg.  
Toasting & Light:  The cigar lights easily offering initial notes of woodsy earthpeppery spice, and sweet tobacco. 
Base flavorsNutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugaroakblack coffee. 
Retrohale: Spicy but not too peppery or overly sharp. 
AromaVery sweet and floral off the wrapper, while the foot smelled woodsy spicy. The smoke  itself was spicy, nutty, and floral. 
Burn / Ash Quality: Superb. This cigar not only burns slow and evenly, it produces very long and firm ashes. 

Summary 

I was very impressed with the Farce Toro because it has that sweet-spicy flavor profile I love. That’s number one. As I said in the video, it reminded me of a Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown, which is true. But for a one-to-one comparison in size and strength, I actually think it’s closer to the Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Sun Grown Epicure. So, if you need a base line, there it is.  

The smoke is medium in body and strength during the first two thirds, then cranks it up a bit in the final third to a more full-bodied smoke, yet the strength remains in the medium range 

Room 101 Farce Original Toro cigar review by Gary Korb

I was also impressed with how the tobaccos don’t just burn, they simmer slowly revealing mostly grey and remarkably long, firm ashes 

The smoke is chewy, creamy, and loaded with nutmeg, cinnamon and other baking spices, plus some oakiness, and something in the neighborhood of molasses or brown sugar. Some flourishes of earth and peppery spice arise, as does black coffeeOn top of that you have a nice spicy-nutty-floral aroma.  

Suffice it to say...The Room 101 Farce Toro is a terrific late day, after dinner, or when you can spare two uninterrupted hours to smoke it cigar. It’s that refined, and it deserves your full attention. Additionally, cigar smokers at every level will get a lot of satisfaction from this cigar, so go for it. 

 

John’s tasting notes… 

Construction: A firm, well packed cigar framed in a satiny, toffee-colored Habano. A big n’ chunky Toro. 
Draw: Nice – gives up a good amount of smoke. 
Pre-light flavor: Taste of leather; scent of hay and fermented tobacco. 
Toasting & Light: Smoky wood and pepper, with a sweet finish. 
Base flavors: Hickory, cookie sweetness, “herbiness” and pepper. 
Retrohale: Bright spice gives way to that same warm & sweet cookie taste. 
Aroma: Mellow and sweet. 
Burn & Ash Quality: Pretty even burn leaves a light grey ash. 

Summary 

Out of the gate, the Farce establishes itself with smoky wood and pepper; into the first 1/3 and it’s turned toasty, with a cool and crisp herb-y quality (think mint, but without the snap). Into the second 1/3 and the smoke still tastes toasty, but in more of a nuts and earth way. That sweet cookie taste still makes the occasional walkon appearance. 

Room 101 Farce Habano Cigar Review by John Pullo

The transitions don’t go unnoticed, so yeah – I’d say the Farce has a bit of complexity to it. 

But the bigger story is this random “baked goods” brand of sweet that comes throughout the smoke. 

In all, it’s a nearly 2-hour Toro that I can say some really nice things about. The Farce has some enjoyable flavors, and body gets more full by the end. So if you’re looking for a cigar that’s got some meat on the bone, but don’t want a tongue-biting pepperfest – give this Room101 a run. 

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Erik
2 months ago

Very good cigar . It’s got some solid complexities that are very favorable for my palate..It paired up quite well with a glass of Maker’s Mark. Definitely will be buying this cigar again.

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