Update: Winner has been selected; see below.
This past week I reviewed the Room 101 Daruma Mutante and Sucio which is the lancero and churchill, respectively. However, I also smoked the Monstro and found my experience not quite as enlightening. The Mutante had some wonderful rich flavors with a delicious finish while I noticed the Sucio to feel more refined. The flavors weren’t as rich or robust but they were smoother. As for the Monstro which has a 60 ring gauge, it just didn’t do it for me. Perhaps it was because of the larger ring gauge, maybe it was the draw but most likely, it was the wrapper to binder/filler ratio that changed.
On to the Contest:
Question: You can approach this from two different ways. Have you enjoyed a specific cigar brand and then smoke a different size and wondered why the hell would they make that size? Or is there a specific cigar brand (Oliva V, Fuente Hemingway, Undercrown) you do smoke and wonder why the hell won’t they make it in a specific vitola because you feel it would be perfect? If possible, answer both questions with the brands and mention the vitola.
(example of the first question: The Daruma has a tremendous amount of flavor in the Mutante and a solid balance in the Sucio, yet I don’t see the purpose of the Monstro other than smoking a fat cigar.)
(example of the second question: Before the Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R44 came out in late 2011, I always thought that the Rosado line would be perfect with a smaller ring gauge vitola. Then the R44 showed up with a 47 inch ring gauge and that cigar popped with flavor. Perfect)
Prize: 2 Room 101 Darumas
Prize Value: $16-22
Winner: Cigar Surgeon! -see comment with reply below
Contest Start Date: 1/27/2013
Contest End Date: 2/2/2013
As always, remember to check back here next Saturday to see if you’ve won! Good Luck to all those that participate!