Cigar Review: Aging Room Bin No. 1 “G Major”

Cigar Review: Aging Room Bin No. 1 “G Major”

Aging Room Cigars / Boutique Blends
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 1/4″ x 63
Strength: medium bodied
Price: $13.50

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Overall Rating: 6.6

Aging Room is a brand that had the No 2. Ranked Cigar of the Year in Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of 2013 (Aging Room Quatro F55 Concert) and a 9.0 raked cigar on our site this year (Aging Room Maduro Mezzo). So I was really looking forward to the Aging Room Bin No. 1 G Major, but as you can see by the rating above, I was extremely disappointed in the cigar.

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Pre-Light: Once the large top band is removed it exposes the Bin No. 1 G Major’s slightly oily caramel colored wrapper. There are several noticeable seems and veins, which is where cracks begin to develop as the cigar is being smoked.

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Burn: The draw on the Aging Room Bin No. 1 G Major has a phenomenal draw, and it lets through a good deal of smoke. On all three of the cigars smoked for this review the wrappers had cracks develop as the wrapper began to burst. These cracks let to an uneven burn throughout most of the three. Two of these cigars started to come apart.

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Flavor: The Aging Room Bin No. 1 begins with flavors of hay, sweet natural tobacco and oak. As the first third gets going there is a mild spice and herbs that joins the existing flavors. During the transition to the second third graham cracker, oak, hay, spice and sweet natural tobacco are the main flavors. There is a mild vanilla note that appears from time to time during the second third of the cigar. On the retrohale there is a bit of pepper that carries over to the palette during the final third of the cigar. The final third of the Bin No. 1 ends with flavors of sweet tobacco, mild spice and pepper, oak, graham cracker and hay.

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Overall: I really wanted to like the Bin No. 1, but the Aging Room Bin No. 1 G Major that was plagued by construction issues and lacked complexity. I was looking forward to this cigar when a friend gave it to me, but both that cigar and the two I purchased for this review fell apart during smoking. The thin wrapper burst and cracked on every cigar smoked for this review. If there is a saving grace for this cigar it is the flavor; the cigar itself has a good deal of pleasing flavors, but there is not a good deal of development. The Bin No. 1 leaves an odd aftertaste in the mouth. Personally, I was disappointed in the Bin No. 1 G Major. It is a cigar that will not be making an appearance in my humidor in the future.

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Pairing: If you do decide to give the Aging Room Bin No. 1 a try it will pair well with a glass of Merlot or Pinot Noir. The scotch drinker may want to try a Glenmorangie Lasanta or Quinta Ruban with the G Major.

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On a side note: I try not to spend too much time on reviewing cigars I feel our reader would not buy. I hate dedicating time and space to below average cigars. Still, sometimes there is a cigar like this that I feel our readers might pick up that is worth a bit of warning. The three cigars smoked for this review came from two different humidors, so the problem can’t be blamed on that. The cigars were smoked on a fresh palette, so the lack of complexity can’t be blamed on that. I’ve rated other Aging Room cigars well (see my Aging Room Maduro review), so the poor rating can’t be blamed on some dislike I have for the brand. Simply, this is not a cigar I would spend my money on.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)