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The Room 101 Daruma Mutante is a nice looking medium brown lancero released in 2012 with a green and silver band and a pig-tail on the cap. This is a great tasting and STRONG cigar from the very start. The opening flavor notes include sweet cedar, coffee bean, leather, and a citrus fruit flavor as well. As it develops, I can pick out kola nuttiness, bitter cocoa, and a cayenne pepper kick. The nasal exhale is an ass kicking, in the best possible way, with both heavy nicotine and full flavor. The second half keeps the citrus and mocha in the forefront, but the sharpness of the citrus and the coffee/cocoa bitterness both mellow. A bit of cream and berries also creep into the mix, as well as some black pepper. The ash is very flaky and the burn line is never quite straight, but that's the only negative to this absolutely delicious and unique tasting cigar.
Very nioe chocolate colored wrapper that shows a couple small viens. Pack feels a tad soft but even. Draw is a little on the loose side. Smells of sweet musty tobacco, cocoa, and cedar. 1st half has an open draw producing a fair ammount of smooth creamy smoke. I'm getting sweet musty tobacco, cedar, a slight pepper, and a touch of nuttiness. Last half sees a shift in flavor to a solid nut on the draw and a bit of earth on the short finish. Draw is still on the loose side and the smoke is still smooth and a little bit thicker then in the first half. Burn was fairly good needing only a couple touch ups. Body is a mild to medium. Given the cheap price I got this for it is a good smoke.
Excellent smoke, awesome strong cedar/spice aroma right out of the plastic wrapper. Very well constructed with a nice pepper cold draw. 1st third was very strong with the cedar/wood with a hint of coffee. 2nd third carried more of an overall woodiness with a stronger coffee with a hint of dark chocolate coming into the picture. Final third was excellent, woodiness toned down quite a bit with the coffee and dark chocolate standing out more. Had a very nice spice (cinnamon or nutmeg) finish.
Paired with a Coke, which complimented the cigar very nicely.
This is a solid smoke. Much like the flor de las Antillas in construction. Medium draw, solid burn and solid white ash. That is where the similarities end. This is a far stronger smoke than the flor de las antillas. The flavors are woodsy, earthy, with the Nicaraguan spice. I smoked the first one I had, and then proceeded to a box purchase. Definitely want to smoke this on a full stomach. Paired with 1835 bourbon.
The second third is better as the grassiness wanes and the oak overtakes the hickory, along with the introduction of coffee bean notes. The strength and body gradually pick up, as well as the smoke production, and the cigar finishes as a much more enjoyable smoke than it started. The burn got really crooked twice in the last half, so points off for that. Flavors were good on the back half of the smoke, but not a single WOW moment to be had for this $13 stick. Overall, this was a disappointment. Barely a 3.5 star stick. I'd give it a 3.25 if that was possible.
Very easy smoking medium exhibiting cocoa and cream as well as some pepper. Draw was just a tad tight but with enough give to make the overall experience enjoyable, although I think the heavier puffing did end up drying my tongue a bit. 88-89 points
Got this smoke on a trade with a fellow Geek, it had about 3 1/2 years of age at the time I smoked it. Deep brown wrapper with a couple small veins. Construction was very solid with a nice feel to the stick. Pre light draw was cocoa and earth. Light it up and got typical Maduro sweetness with leather, tobacco and spice, at halfway the leather backed out and dark chocolate tagged in for the remainder. Burn was good and the one wander corrected itself. Ash held on past the 1/3 mark until I tapped it off before it landed in my lap. Nothing super complex about this cigar, just a damn good smoke. Smoke time was 1 hr 25 minutes which is very long for me on a robusto size cigar.
A solid feel to this stick.An oily sheen on the seamless wrapper with one vein.The first third were tastes of spice,baked bread,cream and nuts.The mid's were cream,nuts and baking spice.The last third were cream,cedar and spice to the finish.Nice smooth tastes though not too complex.The draw was great,the burn was dead on and the ash held strongly.Mild-medium in body.
Very solid smoke. Nice looking little stick, not very oily, invisible seams, and very light veining. The cap snipped nicely, and the draw was spot-on. Smoke, as expected with a Liga Privada, was copious and strong. The burn line was amazingly straight, especially considering the small RG, and the ash held nicely for about an inch and a half.
Started out of the gate strong, with some black pepper and cedar. Some nice dark chocolate notes, along with lots of earth combine with the rest to make a very rich short smoke. There was a good bit more sweetness in this one than I remember in the other Unicos, but not as much complexity. I smoked it slow to avoid any harshness, although a bit did creep in towards the end.
Overall a nice short smoke experience. Gives you a chance to get the general Liga Privada experience for less monetary and time investement. It’s not as good as the rest, but it is a fine short smoke on its own, and one that certainly gives you a little taste of Drew Estates finest lines.