For some reason I have never reviewed the Tiburon vitola in the Room 101 line, and I am ashamed to admit it. It seems odd that I did not review the cigar that offers the smallest ring gauge in the line, but I did not, and I am here today to do so. The Tiburon measures 6" with a 44 ring gauge, and is a Lonsdale format offering. Tibron is Spanish for shark, and maybe it is a reference to the cigar being long and sleek. As you know, Namakubi, makes reference to a severed head that was presented on a platter at the end of a conflict to the winning side, and just talking about it makes me think of those old classic Japanese Samurai films. The cigar is draped with a lovely Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Criollo seed, and has a binder from Honduras that is grown from proprietary seed which they call Generoso. The filler is a blend of Honduran and Dominican tobacco, and Matt Booth emphasizes that it is “Vuelta Abajo,” Cuban seed. The wrapper has a lovely silk texture to it, and there are some veins present. I would say it falls between the Natural and Colorado side of things. It is firm in hand, and has aromas of wood, leather, coffee and spices.
I am in the second third of the cigar now, and I am finding the spice level to increase even more now. Those nutmeg and cinnamon notes are very powerful now, and the pepper notes have also become more and more present. There are still some great dark chocolate and coffee notes showing to the cigar, and the wood and leather notes are popping also. They hay, grass and lemon peel notes have faded in this third, and it is beginning to show more rich and dark characteristics over the summery flavors. I am seeing an incredible burn line throughout the cigar thus far, and while the ash has been a flaky dark charcoal color, it has held on to the cigar firmly. The strength of this cigar is remaining at that medium full level throughout, and it is a very pleasant smoke.
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I am a big fan of this vitola offering because it has the length and ring gauge I am looking for. It is basically a Lonsdale in vitola terms, and it gives the smoker the chance to get those filler tobacco flavors, but a lot of the wrapper to the cigar. I found in this offering it was a little bit more spicy than other offerings, and also darker in terms of coffee and cocoa notes. I found that the lemon peel notes were not as present in this offering, but it was still very enjoyable. It is tough to say if I prefer this offering over the Sucio, but I must say that I would grab this one more often than the Churchill format because of the smaller format. Overall this is a terrific line, and I consider it the best release from Room 101. I know there are some huge O.S.O.K. and Daruma fans, but I love me the Namakubi. I give this cigar a solid 93, and can not wait to smoke them on Cigarmageddon!