Wrapper:  Nicaraguan
Binder:  Nicaraguan
Filler:  Nicaraguan
Brand:  Room 101
Factory:  Agroindustria LAEPE S.A.
Price Range:  $11-$14

This is one of those cigars that, upon first glance, sends mixed signals.  Do I smoke it, or tuck it away in a vault somewhere?  To quote lccj from the CigarNoise app, do I ash it or stash it?  The Johnny Tobacconaut screams quality while promising a couple plot twists – and yet only 3,500 boxes were produced.

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If you’d like to learn more about Room 101’s Johnny Tobacconaut, the guys at Halfwheel are the only ones offering more insight.  You can view the article here.

Full disclosure:  Going into this, /u/craigCDM828 on Reddit Cigars described this cigar as “Rich Tobacco Notes. Literally, that’s it. It’s just damn good.”  As non-biased as I can be, let’s trudge forward and tackle this HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy cigar.

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Today I’ll be using the unconventional pairing of Dr. Pepper, Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte from our favorite Harpies, and the occasional splash of Blanton’s right from the bottle (less dishes).

First impresions:  Beautifully rolled cigar!  Slightly crooked, and gives off a sweet papery smell which I’m sure is just the remnants of unwrapping it (twice). Rollin with the ole V cut this time around.  A cold draw only foreshadows sweet tobacco notes.

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Johnny Tobacconaut First Third

Tobacco, Pepper, Toast

The initial kick has white and black peppers lingering on the tongue, a little baking cocoa, and something like toasted bread that’s a little too done.  It’s darker, deeper than what I expected from just the cold draw.  After the dust settles, the retrohale is a solid pepper blast while the regular draw is a little harder to discern.

Prior to drinking anything, I’m definitely feeling the rich tobacco notes that /u/craigCDM828 on Reddit described, with a hint of vanilla on the finish.  Dr. Pepper does nothing for the Johnny Tobacconaut.  Blanton’s mellows the cigar out too much.  Pumpkin Spice Latte – now that’s where it’s at!  Brings out a very nice vanilla/white chocolate profile that’s unbelievably good!

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Nearing the first inch, a faint licorice appears in the after taste.  White pepper is still present in both the regular draw and a the retrohale.  The monotone tobacco notes remind me of a Virginia Cavendish pipe tobacco blend.  After dealing with the mailman and coming back to it, the aftertaste left in my mouth definitely feels like I’ve been smoking a pipe instead of a cigar.

At times there’s an almond presence as well.  Very faint, hard to distinguish, but I think it’s more like almond extract than true almonds.

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Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte continues to be the VIP this session, turning an otherwise monotonous experience into a solid event.  While depriving myself of this tasty beverage, mild coffee notes develop.  Dr. Pepper brings out one more toast with just the barest hint of cinnamon.  Probably just the Dr. Pepper.

Nearing the end of the first third of the Johnny Tobacconaut, the tobacco notes become sweeter, sharper, and is accompanied with varying degrees of toast.

Johnny Tobacconaut Second Third

Coffee, Toast, Tobacco, Leather, Raisins

After dropping the ash in my lap, the second third greets me with what I can only describe as chai and coffee with a peppery finish.  The chai quickly diminsihes though, leaving me with coffee, toast, and tobacco notes again.

Please bear with me, as it’s now getting dark outside at 5:25 pm in Northern Louisiana.

Dr. Pepper?  Does this cigar no favors.  Period.

Blanton’s?  More raisiny tobacco.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte?  Toast in the second third, with the before mentioned vanilla on the finish.  At times a little bit of the coffee + chai comes back with this pairing.

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At the halfway point, leather is added to the mix with raisins still present every other puff.  Having a slight wrapper issue, but no biggie.  There’s an unpleasant yet brief salty/bitter moment as well reminding me of Soy Sauce.

Johnny Tobacconaut Last Third

Tobacco, Peanuts, Mineral

The final third opens up with the usual tobacco profile.  What used to be raisins has transitioned into more of a salted peanut taste with a little bitterness building.

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I walked away from it for a few minutes, and return to more bitterness with a mineral undertone.

Calling the time of death at about 1:45 and most of the last third left.  Just can’t hack it.

Room 101 Johnny Tobacconaut Review
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Pros

Longlasting smoke

Smooth

Cons

Monotone

Poor last third

Summary
I couldn't have been more excited to sit down and review the Johnny Tobacconaut from Room 101. What I found, though, was a fairly monotone cigar that lacked complexity and follow through. Complexity isn't a big issue, but not being able to really break ground in the last third was a no go for me - this cigar just couldn't go the distance.
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Identifying as a Cigar Enthusiast more than an Aficionado, I enjoy trying new cigars and attempting to annotate my experience. Disclosure: As of June 2017, I began writing for SmallBatchCigar.com and will no longer be reviewing SBC exclusives
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