Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 07 May 2012

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room101san1 We have a couple of recent releases to review for you today. Find out if the Room101 San Andres 305 and the La Palina El Diario KB have what it takes to make it into your humidor.

Room101 San Andres 305

The Room101 San Andres is a newer offering from the brand that was released in April of this year. Regarded as an addition to Room101’s core line, the San Andres is milder than most of the brand’s predecessors. The cigar’s production was capped at 20,000 per size, so I decided to run out and pick one up before it was too late. With that out of the way, let’s take a closer look at what this stogie has to offer.

The San Andres 305, which is the vitola of choice for this review, is a Robusto that measures 5 x 50. Room101 offers four other vitolas in the San Andres line: the 4 x 42 Papi Chulo, 5 ½ x 44 213, 7 x 48 615, and the 6 x 60 808. As mentioned, the San Andres differs from other Room101 offerings due to its medium-bodied nature. The cigar begins with a filler blend of Criollo Ligero and Corojo Seco tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Honduras. The binder is of the Honduran Corojo Seco variety as well. The highlight of the cigar’s composition is its Mexican San Andres Natural wrapper.

Taking a quick look at the Room101 San Andres 305 reveals that it is a very attractive cigar. The Mexican wrapper is chocolate brown in color and oily. Only a few minor veins are visible, and the cigar appears to be smooth overall. It is also quite firm to the touch and lacks soft spots or any major imperfections. In terms of construction, the 305 gets an A plus. The decorative band near the head is eye-catching and showcases the Room101 logo of a sinister looking face that reminds me of some sort of tribal mask. The mostly gold color scheme provides a nice contrast to the wrapper. Just before lighting, I give the 305 a quick whiff and taste. I get a spicy flavor and a scent of cedar.

Once lit, the San Andres 305 exhibits an excellent burn. The draw is just about perfect, and some long gray ash is produced. The burn is even from beginning to end with no need for touch-ups or re-lights. There is also plenty of thick smoke.

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