This Room 101 Durama Mutante came to me by way of a great Cigar Aficionado Traveling Stogie, from his aptly named ‘Win a pair of room 101 Darumas’ contest. This was my first time smoking a Room 101 cigar, and I was pretty excited to try it out. The fact that it was a lancero vitola, in a time where it seems larger ring gauges are all the rage, made me that much more eager to light it up.
Raisins with cedar undertones. I can’t remember the last time I was able to pick up raisins pre-light.
The Room 101 Daruma Mutante measures 7” x 38 ring gauge in a lancero vitola. The cigar is a blend of Dominican and Honduran filler.
The original release of the Daruma Mutante was way back in 2012, at the IPCPR event by creator Matt Booth. Only 20,000 of each vitola have been produced by Camacho in Honduras.
If you pick up a box, you’ll see that it features the figure of a Daruma doll. The Daruma doll is a Japanese doll based on the found of Zen Buddhism. The Room 101 Daruma are available in Monstro (5”x 60), Papi Chulo (4” x 42), Roxxo (4” x 48) and a Sucio (7” x 48) sizes.
The first few draws are just sweet tobacco. Once I got a few minutes in I’m picking up honey, some nutty notes with a floral finish. The Daruma Mutante gets some tannin tartness at about the halfway mark, which is a new profile flavor to me. It fades off at about 30 minutes in.
There are a lot of flavor transitions throughout the first third. It finally settles into mostly earth notes going into the second third.
The earth profile picks up in strength going into the second third. That gives way to a spice and pepper combination with a slight earth finish.
At the halfway mark I’m picking up honey mixed with spices.
Predominantly nuts going into the last third.
I used my v-cut on this, and got the perfect draw with the first cut. A good amount of smoke production. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 55 minutes.
A single of the The Daruma Mutante will cost you around $8. 5 packs go for about $37-$40. You can also pick up a box of 20 around the $150 mark. The pricing represents a pretty decent value considering only 20,000 of each vitola were created.
The Daruma Mutante is a really interesting cigar. I’m a huge fan of the lancero vitola, I’m hoping we continue to see more in the market, and I really appreciate the presentation on the band and boxes. Ultimately the flavor profiles for each third weren’t what I typically enjoy. As I often repeat on my reviews, taste is highly subjective. I think there are lot’s of aficionados out there that would gravitate towards the Room 101 Daruma Mutante in a big way.
At a $7 – $8 price point for a limited run cigar, in a lancero vitola, I think you owe it yourself to try a couple of these and tell me just how wrong my review was.