Room 101 One Shot One Kill Filero

1-16-13

ROTT, no age.

Room 101 One Shot One Kill Filero

4.5 x 52/42 Figurado

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Honduran Corojo

Filler: Honduran Corojo & Dominican Republic Piloto Ligero

Blender: Matt Booth

The Room 101 One Shot One Kill (Named for the Photographer Edgar Hoill who is known for getting incredible photos with one click on short notice) is one of Room 101’s most popular and highly regarded blends. It is very limited in production with a run of only 30,000 cigars over three shapes. One of the rumored reasons for this limited quantity is that only one person rolls the cigars and the entire run took over a year to roll.

That is quite an impressive feat.

As interesting as the back-story is to this particular cigar and brand in general, the thing that most excites me about this cigar is the size/shape. It is very reminiscent of the smaller vitolas of the Fuente Hemingway series, somewhere between the short story and the best seller. What makes the vitola so interesting is the constantly changing wrapper to filler ratio. Yes, the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is a rare treat, and the Honduran Corojo is what Camacho calls the only “true” corojo, and the fillers are some of the finest tobaccos on the market, but the vitola can potentially take this cigar to the next level. The perfecto takes full advantage of the fact that the wrapper contributes a significant amount of flavor to the bend. As the the cigar gets wider, more of the filler is showcased in the flavor. As the cigar tapers the wrapper’s flavor presence increases. Theoretically, this cigar has a complexity potential that parejo cigars inherently cannot have.

Simply put the OSOK Filero looks good. The cigar has a “true fermentation” look to it. By that I mean that there is some color variation almost like the leaf was muddled a bit. A leaf should look this way if it was fermented until it was dark and never just died to reach some aesthetic goal. The seems are difficult to see and lay flat save for where the cigar makes an extreme taper. Some of the veins are there but they don’t have depth and they do not expressly stand out in any way. The silver and black band is simple and it works well. The wrapper feels smooth and oily in the hand and there is a firmness to the overall feel.

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The unlit smell is a light barnyard and unremarkable. A lick on the pointed cap leaves a heavy oil feel to the lips and tongue with a slightly spicy note however I get a slight impression of sweet as well. These notes are very slight. It has less flavor at this point than most. A cut with my Xi2 and this cigar really starts to show it flavors. There is a sweeter earth flavor and a licorice undertone. Its quite nice. The draw is smooth and surprisingly easy considering the diameter of the foot.

After a light with a soft flame, the first few puffs have quite a bit of spice and heavy earth flavors. There is an underlying meaty sweetness. As the cigar quickly swells to the widest ring gauge. The spice tames down a bit and becomes soft and enjoyable. However, the burn is not even in any way. This is not a surprise, most figurados have a few burn issues due to the difficulty to roll. Minor touch ups are needed. The cigar smooths out and a shot light sweet nutty flavor comes out early in the puff with the earth flavors and the meaty quality soon to follow. Through the nose there is a bit of spice and a light musk. This cigar is very complex. Even early in this cigar, what I am beginning to recognize as the blending style of Mr. Booth is prevalent. (the other great example is in the Room 101 Connecticut.)

This small cigar reaches the mid point quickly. The sweeter elements seem to keep getting stronger. The light warming spice works very well with the sweet. It balances out the cigar very well. Through the nose it has not changed much at all. The finish is long an mostly made up of the earth and meaty sweet. The balance is quite impressive.

The last third of the cigar is the same but all of the flavors seem a bit more intense and they melt together well. The earth note is now through the nose as well. This cigar has a medium to full body but is not overwhelming. As the flavors intensify the licorice flavors that were detected in the cold draw start to come out. It is a steady improvement as the cigar tapers down. The last few puffs are warm and still very pleasant. As it heats it does not become harsh or bitter.

Burn to the burn

time 1hour 45 minutes

It burns longer than it looks like it would.

Burn: 8

Draw: 10

Taste: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Construction: 9

Balance: 10

Feel: 10

Overall: 9.2

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~ by kuzi16 on January 16, 2013.

3 Responses to “Room 101 One Shot One Kill Filero”

  1. I have one in my humidor currently. Kind of excited to try it now. I’m surprised a little by the burn time, but pleased as well.

  2. just remember that i do smoke slower than the average person.

  3. Reblogged this on My Arm is Complete Again and commented:
    I have one of these in my humidor and after reading this great review, I just can’t wait to light it up.

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