Room 101 Daruma Mutante – Spirited Smoke

Room 101 Daruma Mutante

Cigar tasting/rating report.
Brand: Room 101 Duruma Mutante


Matt Booth says:

“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
The single eye I have penciled in on my Daruma doll is my silent reminder that I have set a goal that is pending completion. My Daruma will become a bi-oculared character once my task is complete. I have one year in which to complete my task – and if one of my attempts should fall short of victory I will not quit, but rather try again. Because, I know that if I do not give up and my will does not falter it is never a question of “if,” but only a question of “when.” We have named our latest series after the Daruma as he symbolizes resilience – a key ingredient to our success. Use your Daruma to set a goal of your own.
Fill his left eye when you have decided what you will be committing yourself to, his right when your task is complete. As the tradition is to burn the Daruma at the end of the year, take a brief moment to ignite a fine cigar in celebration of your accomplishment.
Now get back to work.”


• Brand: Room 101 Duruma Mutante
• Vitola: Lancero
• Size: 7 X 38
• Origin: Honduras

• Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
• Binder: Brazil Mata Fina
• Filler: Dominican and Honduras

• Burn (10): 10
 Touchups 0
• Draw (10): 10
• Balance (5): 5
• Complexity (10): 10
• Flavor (45): 42
• Overall (20): 18

• Total score: 95

• Flavors: Black cherry, dried fruit, licorice, coffee, dry cocoa, oregano and leather
• Burn: Very Good
• Draw: Very Good
• Complexity: Very Good
• Strength: Medium
• Finish: smooth and complex retrohale

Notes: This was a great smoke worthy of box purchase unfortunately these are no longer in production. This was purchased from the Privada shop some six months ago. Production is circa 2012 so there is some age on these, but they still show a very robust and intricate flavor profile. If I could find more of these I would, but from all indications as good as this cigar is today it was rated very highly by Halfwheel in 2012 with a score of 93, it was again reviewed in 2014 and given a score of 90. I believe it to be one of the best five cigars I’ve smoked this year. But then again, I am a sucker for a good Lancero. If you don’t retrohale this cigar you will miss an awful lot of what it has to offer. If you aren’t proficient at retrohaleing, same this one till you are, you won’t regret it.

About the author: Phil Hawkins
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