As you might expect, the lore behind this offering from Room 101 is almost (but not quite) as good as the blend itself, and helps to set the tone for the whole experience. Namakubi is the word used to describe the severed head of a samurai’s opponent, and while this carefully blended and uniquely packaged handmade may not be dripping with blood, the end result is no less dramatic.
A dark, reddish Habano wrapper is joined by an authentic Corojo binder and then finished off with a mix of Honduran and Dominican fillers. Medium to full in body, it emits volumes of smoke all the way through. Rich notes of cedar, leather, pepper, and earth are present throughout the length of the burn, and culminate in a long and satisfying finish, with a slight increase in spiciness at the end. Well-constructed, attractive, and flavorful, this is yet another instant success for Room 101.