So here we go with the Room 101 Johnny Tobacconaut. First, I would like to give you a little back story on this. Matt Booth and Johnny Tobacconaut made its first debut at the 2015 IPCPR trade show. These fine cigars are rolled at the Agroindustria Laepe, S.A. factory in Denali, Honduras with Davidoff of Geneva USA being their distributor. Now, to my knowledge, these were a limited production cigar and only a total of 3,500 boxes were produced between all three sizes. These three sizes include the Chingonova (8 x 44 x 60) MSRP $14, Ranflactic (6.5 x 30 x 50) MSRP $13, and the Fileroid (4.5 x 45 x 52) MSRP $12.
I really like the presentation. The black and copper boxes stood out to me. Even at first glance I thought “Oh yeah, this has got to be something from Matt Booth.” The cigars come wrapped in tissue and black paper displaying Johnny’s character with each box containing 20 cigars.
I grabbed this from the Cigar Aficionado website and thought this was an interesting read.
“Room 101 is gearing up to launch its new Johnny Tobacconaut, a cosmic-themed line that should make its retail landing in late September. The brand consists of three figurados blended exclusively with Nicaraguan tobacco. Only 3,500 boxes are being produced.
“I felt the Johnny Tobacconaut concept both represents the Room 101 philosophy and helps to identify this product series as something intrinsically Room 101 on the shelf,” said Matt Booth, owner of Room 101, a company known for its nonconformist approach to branding.
The boxes, which contain 20 cigars each, depict brand mascot Johnny Tobacconaut, the shovel-wielding astronaut, marching through the galaxy in a space suit with a backpack full of tobacco. Booth, who created the character, describes him as “the intergalactic Johnny Tobaccoseed.”
The three sizes are Fileroid, which measures 4 1/2 inches by 52 ring gauge; Ranflatic, 5 1/2 by 50; and Chingonova, 8 by 60. The names put a space-themed twist on existing Room 101 sizes (Filero, Ranfla, and Chingon). The cigars will retail from $12 to $15.”
Booth won’t get too specific about the details of the blend, but told Cigar Aficionado: “The official announcement was that Johnny Tobacconaut’s blend composition is that of 100 percent Nicaraguan ‘Funk.’ I would personally like to stick to that.”
He did reveal, however, that Johnny Tobacconaut was produced at the Davidoff facilities in Danlí, Honduras (AgroIndustrias Laepe S.A.), where the majority of Room 101 cigars are made. Room101 is distributed by Davidoff of Geneva.
As of now, Johnny Tobacconaut remains a limited release, but—depending on how the cigars are received—Booth will consider making them a permanent fixture in the Room 101 portfolio.
“This is a limited edition as it currently stands. If it is a grand slam success, I will consider re-introducing ‘Johnny T’ in a different form later on down the road.”
Sweet woodsy notes on the pre-light draw with spices tingling around on my lips. A very smooth and easy draw. I can already tell this one is going to have some flavor to it.
As I begin to slowly toast the nipple going around in circles I get a delightful whiff of a mellow woodsy scent…kind of like what you
wouldgetfrom hickory and cedar burning together. The aroma is very pleasant.
The first draw is very smooth and creamy. As I begin to take the next few draws letting the smoke circle around from cheek to cheek here comes the woodsy, earthy notes with a touch of spice. Not able to pick out the spice just yet. Now starts the fun…the retrohale. Oh yeah!! Flavors are now popping out like a huge burst of fireworks! Leathery…caramel…soft woodsy notes…AND the spice! Love the slight burn from the spice! I would have to go with, this may sound weird, nutmeg and cayenne. The first third, man, I really enjoyed!
Let’s move on now. I’m making sure to burn this one slow, by the way. Due to the retro, I believe, the flavors are consistent with the earthy, leathery, and spices. This time a lot more caramel and coffee notes (much like a Caramel Macchiato) come into play. The construction, burn and draw is just amazing on this short vitola.
Halfway through this is a fantastic smoke! If I were to just stop right here I would definitely be buying more of these! The draw has been consistent all the way. Flavors are still popping like crazy. The spice has dwindled down a touch and started to get a little creamy with the rest of the flavors remaining.
At this point, going into the final third, it lost most of the caramel notes (not all) and the earthy, spicy notes are more pronounced. Definitely nutmeg and cayenne spices and the aroma, wow the aroma, is still very delightful.
Room 101 Johnny Tobacconaut Finish
Since I don’t have anything to pinch this with, I will sadly have to nub it as far as I can without melting my fingertips. It was starting to get a little too hot. I may have been speeding myself up a bit to get through it. Even at the end this cigar it has been very consistent, yet complex at the same time.
I truly recommend this cigar to anyone new or seasoned. I hope this review has encouraged someone to go out and buy one! Remember to support your B&M’s as much as possible!