Cigar Review: Aging Room Bin No. 1 (Revisited) “B Minor”

Boutique Blends
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 1/8” x 52
Strength: medium bodied
Price: $11.00

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Overall Rating: 8.8

Normally, we don’t revisit cigars that we review, but this was a special case. The Aging Room Bin No. 1 G Major had one of the lowest ratings of any cigar on this site (see review), but the cigar was quite flavorful despite it’s construction issues. Yet, I’ve enjoyed many Boutique Blends cigars in the past, most notably the Aging Room Maduro (see review) and La Boheme (see review). Having heard many good things about the cigar from others, and receiving some samples (in a different size) from Carlos Nodal, I decided to give the cigar another try. Sure enough, the construction on the B Minor was completely different, and made for an enjoyable cigar. So, it seemed only right to publish this updated review of the Aging Room B Minor.

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Pre-Light: Once the large top band is removed it exposes the Bin No. 1 B Minor’s oily caramel colored wrapper. There are several noticeable seems and veins to the wrapper.

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A leather and wood There’s a blend of sweet chocolate and graham cracker notes from the unlit foot of the Bin No. 1 B Minor. The cold draw is a tad on the firm side, but allows through flavors of wood, leather and spice.

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Burn: The draw on the Aging Room Bin No. 1 is very good, and it lets through copious amounts of smoke. The cigar holds an impressive firm white ash. This cigar could be a longest ash contest winner.

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Flavor: The Aging Room Bin No. 1 B Minor begins with flavors of oak, sweet natural tobacco and spice. On the retrohale there are some powerful spice notes with background herbs and leather. As the first third gets going there is a great mix of spice, wood, herbs and leather flavors. During the transition to the second third there is a sweet pleasing graham cracker flavor that begins to occur. Oak, hay, spice and sweet natural tobacco are the main flavors to the second third, while some red pepper begins to occur on both the palate and retrohale. There is a mild vanilla note that appears from time to time during the second third of the cigar. At the transition to the last third of the cigar the red pepper begins to morph into more of a black pepper note. The final third of the Aging Room Bin No. 1 ends with flavors of sweet tobacco, mild spice and pepper, graham cracker and hay. This is a very flavorful cigar.

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Overall: After my experience with the Aging Room Bin No. 1 G Major I was hesitant to revisit the cigar, but several people I trust told me that I should give it another try. I’m glad I listened to them. The Aging Room Bin No. 1 B Minor had the flavor that I enjoyed in the G Major, but with none of the construction issues. In fact, the construction on the B Minor was top notch. This is a very good medium bodied woodsy cigar. Personally, I will definitely be revisiting this cigar again from time to time. Those cigar enthusiasts who enjoy Boutique Blends’ cigars will find the Aging Room Bin No. 1 worth seeking out. It is a flavorful, complex and well made cigar.

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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 B Minor.

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On a side note: I have found the Aging Room Bin No. 1 B Minor to be a good cigar, that is worth picking up at least a five pack to try. That said, I do stand by my original Bin No. 1 G Major review. At the time I smoked the cigars for that review there were a good many construction issues that completely distracted from a flavorful cigar, and the comments made on that review and sent to me by readers have backed up that opinion. I hate giving negative reviews to cigars, and instead prefer to just not publish reviews of things I find don’t measure up, but once in a while it is unavoidable. However, whatever the issue was is not present in the B Minor cigars that I have smoked today. If you’re interested in trying the Aging Room Bin No. 1, I suggest checking out the B Minor.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review were provided by Boutique Blends. While their generosity is greatly appreciated, it does not alter the review of this cigar. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to providing impartial cigar reviews.