Room 101 Namakubi Ranfla Perfecto
This Room 101 Namakubi Ranfla Perfecto cigar is made in Nicaragua. Outside, you'll find an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Inside, the binder is Honduran, and the filler is Dominican, Honduran. This is a Perfecto cigar with a length of 5.50 and a ring gauge of 50.
The Room 101 Namakubi is back! This time, it’s styled as the “Ranfla” to distinguish it from earlier blends. It doesn’t necessarily follow the same recipe, although an Ecuador Habano leaf has been a centerpiece before.
Originally released in 2011, and followed up in 2013, Namakubi was retired when Matt Booth went on hiatus in 2017. With his return, we’re able to see his evolved take on this blend.
The wrapper of the Room 101 Namakubi Ranfla cigar is a toothy, russet-brown Ecuadorian Habano. Inside, there’s a flavorful Honduran binder and a filler blend of Dominican and Honduran tobacco. The whole shebang is put together at Tabacalera William Ventura in the DR.
A flavor profile like this is quite special. There’s a lot going on in here. Woody notes like cedar and oak are joined by sweetness in the form of salted caramel. A food truck of spiced meat aroma also shows the personality of the Namakubi. Don’t go into this one expecting anything from days of old. This one is all new and absolutely delicious – a very complex cigar, at the end of the day.
In Japan, a Namakubi is a tattoo of a severed head. The Internet tells us it is meant to invoke an act of respect toward an opposing samurai, who was beheaded after defeat and sometimes put on display. It can symbolize courage, acceptance of fate, or simply an attitude toward death and duty. In an interview, Matt Booth described how Japanese flavor and imagery have influenced him since his days as a jewelry designer, and so it continues to be a part of his brand even now.
Buyers should note that a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the Namakubi is being donated to Keep Memory Alive, a program in the Cleveland Clinic Nevada that works on Alzheimer’s research and care.
It’s an incredible cigar that will likely be turning quite a few heads as people wake up to how tasty it really is. Many severed stogie heads will result from this Room 101 blend. Whether there will be tattoos is up to you all.
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- What are the flavors like? Cedar, oak, salted caramel, spiced meat.
- What’s the strength level? Medium.
- Who is this cigar for? Room 101 Namakubi cigars are for people who want a really nice three-country blend that delivers some fine notes from each.
- Will I want to smoke it to the nub? Yes indeed.
- What’s a good pairing with it? This would be great with a nice scotch, like so many other cigars. For this, pair it with a Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Scotch Whiskey.
- What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar? When you’re contemplating your duty.
- Any flaws/downsides? A tad pricey.
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