The Room 101 Farce Maduro has been on my radar (and in my humidor) for a minute or two now so I decided to slip on some open toed sandals (you’re welcome Matt) and get to writing. We all know in 2017 Booth said he was taking “a break” from the cigar industry, or maybe you didn’t know, but it feels like it was kind of a big deal at the time. That “break” lasted for all of about 10 minutes. During 2017’s IPCPR he was there giving the brand a fresh start and working on some projects with others. In 2018 he began laughing his own ideas under the Room 101 name including the brands own premium line, Room 101 Farce. In 2019 he released Farce Maduro which is what we have here today to review.
So, just for kicks, let’s start with how Boofy describes this cigar. “Look at me. The visual of my decadent and oily wrapper triggers a salivary response within your mouth hole. A brilliant spring of neurotransmitters rushes from your midbrain and dives head first into your bloodstream at the nanosecond your eyes make contact with my succulent and inviting exterior. Can you only imagine what may happen once you taste me? Don’t think about it – be about it. FARCE Maduro is the taste grenade you have only dreamt could be real. zzz” Now how do you top that description? Not sure that’s possible but here’s what I thought.
I found the over all look of the wrapper to be dark chestnut in color with a bit of tooth to it. It has tight seams, some slight veining and more of a flat finish. While it might not pair up exactly with the afore mentioned description I found it to be very visual pleasing. The cigar is very pliable between the fingers but feels full with no apparent dead spots. It has a very pleasant odor of cedar, leather and spices. It reminds me of the way an antique book smells when you open it. From the foot I pick up sweat dried fruit and tobacco. The cold draw is easy to the point of feeling too open (which caused an uh-oh moment of concern) and gives flavors of apricot with some sneaky pepper.
The cigar ignites with no issues and as soon as torch hits tobacco that loose draw tightens up and provides the proper amount of resistance canceling out any fears of the cigar being too loose on the draw. The first third brings in flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and pepper. I found more pepper on the retrohale. The cigar burns well and even, the smoke production is plenty to fill “your mouth hole” as Booth puts it.
Reaching the second third the favor settles into a more mellow feel with the cedar remaining but becoming more earthy in taste and a nice bit of pepper on the finish. The retrohale moves to a nice spice flavor. Construction is impeccable with a sharp burn and smoke that doesn’t quit.
For the final third I found it to be nice and mellow with dark chocolate, coffee and nut flavors along with good spice on the end. Now, by mellow I do not mean that it doesn’t have much flavor, it has plenty of that. By mellow I mean the flavors are not fighting with each other and marry nicely so the cigar never tastes harsh while smoking it. The burn line stared even for the duration of the smoke and smoke never fails to satisfy.
The Room 101 Farce Maduro was a lot of fun to smoke. It has a lot of great flavor and the construction is tip top. While the flavors are plentiful I think this is a great cigar for either the novice or the veteran smoker. Take a look in your local B&M and if you see these don’t pass by them you won’t be disappointed to have them in your collection. Along with the Room 1010 Cigars Matt Booth also has Room 101 Brand jewelry line. If you’re looking for some new accessories hit up his site for that too!
Wrapper – Mexican San Andres
Binder – Ecuador
Filler – Connecticut, Nicaragua, Pennsylvania
Price: Around $10.00 – $11.00
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 pints.