Cigar Review: Room 101 Uncle Lee

Cigar Review: Room 101 Uncle Lee

Room 101 / Camacho / Davidoff
Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Nicaragua (Corojo)
Filler: Honduras and Dominican Republic
Size: 6 1/2” x 50
Strength: medium-full to full
Price: $10.00

Overall Rating: 9.2

Matt Booth is at it again. This time with the Room 101 Uncle Lee that is named for his uncle who first introduced him to cigars. The new Room 101 Uncle Lee will make its debut at the Stogies Christmas Bash in Houston, Texas. Eventually, sometime next year, the cigar should make ship to other stores around the country. This medium-full to full bodied flavorful cigar has all the characteristics of a cigar that will age well. Fans of Matt Booth’s Room 101 brand will not be disappointed with the Uncle Lee.

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Pre-Light: Once the tissue paper is removed from the cigar it reveals a band that is somewhat reminiscent of the one that appeared on the Room 101 Big Delicious. There is a slight oily sheen to the dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper on the Uncle Lee. This is a beautiful perfecto shaped cigar that looks very appetizing.

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There is a very subtle tree bark and natural tobacco aroma to the wrapper of the Uncle Lee. Due to the shape of the cigar there is not really a distinct scent that can be picked up from the unlit foot. The cold draw is very easy and lets through flavors of sweet woods, natural tobacco and a hint of something floral.

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Burn: The draw on the Room 101 Uncle Lee is phenomenal and lets through copious amounts of smoke. The burn is not the most even of Matt Booth’s cigars, and seems like it could get out of hand and need some correcting during the first half of the cigar. Personally, I didn’t do a whole lot of correcting on the cigar in the pictures. The ash clings quite nicely to the Uncle Lee.

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Flavor: The Uncle Lee immediately begins with a solid burst of pepper on both the palette and the retrohale. The first third has a strange but good quality to it. There is a mix of mild cedar, oak, citrus, floral flavors and spice. On the retrohale the pepper remains pretty dominating throughout the first third of the cigar. At the transition the second third, the spice becomes much more substantial with flavors of cedar, oak, dogwood, citrus and mild coffee in the background. There is the occasional hint of a mild lavender like flavor that disappears as quickly as it appears. By the halfway point the mild coffee flavor begins to peek out more and mix with cedar and an herbal spice. Some wonderful nut flavors join the second half of the cigar and mix with the flavors of wood and spice. The pepper remains dominant on the retrohale through to the end of the Room 101 Uncle Lee. Wood, nuts, black coffee and pepper are the main notes during the final third of the cigar. In the final inch of the Uncle Lee there is a slight saltiness that joins the pepper flavor, but it is not at all unpleasant.

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Overall: Matt Booth hardly ever disappoints me. (At least not with his cigars.) The Room 101 Uncle Lee is one of those cigars where everything just works. The draw is great. There is a wonderful mix of flavors. It’s got a good amount of complexity. The Uncle Lee has all the characteristics of a cigar that’ll age extremely well. Personally, I’ve got a couple boxes on hold for Thursday’s big Christmas bash at Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston so I can get Matt to sign them. I think this is the best cigar he’s released since the Room 101 Big Delicious for Smoke Inn Cigars. This is one of those cigars to pick up while you can because they will probably sell out quick.

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Pairing: A citrusy drink such as a vodka with lime will compliment the Uncle Lee nicely. For the scotch drinker a fuity Speyside single malt like the Cardu 12, Balvenie 21 PortWood or Macallan 18 will all pair well with the Uncle Lee.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review provided by Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas. The Uncle Lee will make it official debut at the Stogies annual Christmas party on December 18, 2014. Matt Booth will be in attendance. No request for review was made my Stogies or Matt Booth. Though their generosity is greatly appreciated it in know way alters the review of this cigar. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to bringing you the best unbiased cigar reviews on the interweb.