Review of Room 101 Farce Cigars
By: Gary Manelski
After a short break from the cigar industry, Matt Booth and Room 101 cigars returned in 2018 with the new Farce cigar. Room 101 Farce cigars are made in Dominican Republic with Ecuadorian wrappers, Indonesian binders, and a blend of filler tobaccos from Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Pennsylvania. The cigars are available in several sizes, including a Robusto (5 x 52) priced at $10.90 per stick, which was sampled for this review. It is noted that the Lonsdale (6½ x 42) size received a 94 rating in the May/June 2019 edition of Cigar Aficionado.
I smoked two Farce Robustos, more than a couple of months apart. I enjoyed the first one more than the second (which is not always the case), but both were at least very good cigars. More time in a humidor usually improves a cigar, but not always. Also, it is not unusual for two cigars from the same batch to smoke and/or taste a bit differently.
After lighting up, the initial flavor of pepper and sweet spice tamed down as the taste and texture of the smoke became very mellow and smooth, with leather, nuts and a bit of spice being the most recognizable flavors. The cigars were medium-to-full bodied, gradually edging up within that range the longer I continued to smoke them.
Both Room 101 Farce cigars were very well made, had great draws, even burns and held a long ash. No touch-ups nor relights were needed during the 45 to 50 minutes that it took me to smoke them down to two inches remaining. I didn't taste any ginger molasses nor maple-cured bacon in either cigar, but I did enjoy them enough to rate the first sample with a superior 4.25 points, and the second with a very good 4 points on a 5-point scale. The bottom line is that Room 101 Farce Robustos are very good to superior cigars. Booth is back!