Room 101 Namakubi Tiburon

5-15-12 been in my humidor since 8-27-11
Room 101 Namakubi Tiburon: (6 x44)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Honduran Generoso seed
Filler: Dominican and Honduran “Vuelta Abajo”
Blender: Matt Booth, Christian Eiroa

I’ve seen a few reviews of this cigar. It seems like it is mandatory for the reviewer to give a long detailed history of the name of this cigar. I will not do that. If you want that info it is readily available HERE to anybody who wants to read it.

I would much rather talk about the tobacco itself. The binder on the Namakubi is the same leaf that is used on the Camacho Super Limitado as a wrapper leaf. This Leaf was developed by Christian Eiroa’s father and named after his grandfather. It was an experimental leaf that had limitations. The flavor and color were good but the yield for wrapper leaf was not as high as hoped. As a wrapper leaf it was very limited and made for an expensive cigar with a short run. Fortunately for Matt Booth, this leaf still made good binder leaf. The inconsistencies in the overall look make less of a difference when there is a wrapper leaf to be placed over it.

The filler leaves contain a Honduran “Vuelta Abajo” leaf. Vuelta Abajo is a district of the Pinar del Rio Provence in Cuba. This region is considered one of the best regions to grow tobacco in the world and where much of the tobacco from the world class Cuban cigars is grown. The tobacco industry in this region can be traced back to the 1830’s. The Honduran “Vuelta Abajo” is seed specifically from this region grown in Honduras.

The cigar has a great presentation. I wouldn’t expect anything less than that from an artist. The red and black band is striking in and of itself and it is a perfect compliment to the cigar that has a reddish hue to it. The wrapper is far from flawless but the ruggedness of it is not distracting in any way. The only problem I see is self inflicted where at some point I chipped the wrapper right on the foot. I should smoke past that within the first 3 minutes.

the smell of the cigar is nothing remarkable, just light tobacco notes that are boarder-line hay. The lick on the cap is incredibly mild. There is not enough there to even make an assessment, but once I cut off the head I am presented with a gift of flavors including a spice and licorice note. I did win.

A soft flame lights the Namakubi gently. The first few draws are a bit lighter in flavor than I thought they would be. There is a musk note on this cigar that is actually a dominant flavor. It is in the initial flavor and through the nose. Most cigars that have a musk seem to only have it through the nose. As it gets going there is a leather note on the finish along with a soft spice. The flavor of each puff seems to fade in as to not overwhelm the palate. The spice comes on slowly and hangs on well through the finish. There is a strange sweetness that is very hit or miss in this first third. It is on the initial part of the draw and is very light. It almost catches you off guard.
The ash is a bit flaky and falls earlier than I am used to for a cigar this size at less than a half an inch.

The middle third seems to have a transition from musk over to a slightly more woody flavor. There are elements that are reminiscent of the 101 Connecticut. This is of course stronger and spicier. I do feel it is a very different cigar and the similar elements can be chalked up to blending style. The intermittent sweet note has developed into a sweeter nutty note that reminds me why I love Honduran tobacco so much. The burn is not even but it seems to always correct itself. By the end of the middle third the cigar has thinned out some with a cinnamon like spice being a dominant flavor and most everything else falling to the back. There are still some nutty notes and it is still quite enjoyable.

The final third brings on more toasty notes and a vanilla note. The cinnamon is still there and this makes a wonderful combo. The cigar ends on a more pepper note. I can now feel that this is a full bodied smoke.

Burn to the burn
time 1 hour 50 minutes

Burn: 9
Draw: 10
Taste: 8
Aftertaste: 8
Construction: 10
Balance: 9
Feel: 9
Overall: 9.0 of 10

Even though i gave this the same rating as the 101 Connecticut I would choose the Connecticut over this one, mainly because I enjoy a milder cigar to a full bodied one.


~ by kuzi16 on May 16, 2012.

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