These cigars were just released this past week at select retailers throughout the United States. Matt Booth, founder of the Room 101 brand decided to make this blend to honor Los Angeles Photograph Edgar Hoill. One shot, one kill is his nickname because Edgar only needs one shot for the perfect image or “shot”. The three different sizes offered for OSOK are all salomones and rolled by one individual.
Room 101 LTD OSOK “One Shot One Kill” Trucha Review (First Impression)
Binder/Filler: Honduran/Dominican Republic-Honduran
Size: 30 x 50 x 19 x 6.5 (length)
Smoke Time: 2hr 15min
I love the presentation before you even get to the actual cigar. The box is very simple with multiple illustrations of faces and skulls throughout. Each cigar is in a sleeve filled with artistic designs and then once you remove the sleeve, the cigar is encased in tissue. That definitely reminded me of the presentation when opening a Camacho Liberty coffin. I really liked the band even though it was not glitzy. The wrapper looks very rich and the veins blend in very well with the cigar although there are a few bumps scattered. A salomone shaped cigar can be very fun to smoke when it is rolled well and that’s exactly what I’m banking on. I noticed the “OSOK” band actually faces left as opposed to the typical band facing right which I’m used to seeing. The cigar is certainly more squeezable in the middle than in the ends where it has a small ring gauge. I didn’t notice any tears or holes on the cigar and it has some decent weight for the size.
The cold draw was nice and smooth and it didn’t feel tight which sometimes is typical of a salomone. The initial puff once I lit the cigar was tight but opened up a few minutes later. In the first third, the burn was wavy and I was debating whether or not to correct it but I did a minor touch up. The smoke was light and didn’t really start coming out in full force until later in the cigar. The ash was very flaky but did last about an inch or so. To assist with the draw, I did massage the head of the cigar just to get the full experience and it made a tremendous difference. Surprisingly, the burn was very nice in the last third even though the “OSOK” did need a minor relight.
The prelight smell is very faint and the cold draw reminded me of some sweet tangy flavors. The initial puff was of coffee and pepper, though not very strong. The first third has some wonderful notes of mildly sweet spice and it finishes with cream and peppery. If I had to further break down the sweet spice, it would be of cinnamon and brown sugar though I can’t be 100 percent sure. The second third continued in the same fashion but the sweetness seems to be hiding another flavor similar to leather followed by a nice peppery finish. I picked up notes of spice and caramel in the retrohale which had some strength behind it. The last third has some notes that I consider my favorite like cocoa, coffee and cream. I was very impressed that there was no tar buildup in the cigar considering that the “OSOK” is narrow in some places and it was “fresh” but certainly not wet.
- Flavors are consistent throughout the cigar
- The flavors transition very nicely and smoothly
- This vitola smoked extremely well and I was thoroughly impressed with burn and draw
- I already bought a box of the Trucha but would recommend splitting a box (10) with a friend to try them
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