Fresh off the heels of the wildly popular One Shot One Kill, Matt Booth and Room 101 Cigars have released a limited edition cigar called the Namakubi Ecuador, which is a combination of the OSOK and the Namakubi. This fusion features the same maduro corojo wrapper and binder from the OSOK, yet the Honduran and Dominican filler from the Namakubi line. Even the packaging of this offering will remind you of the OSOK, with its tissue paper sleeve and paper covering. I chose the Filero version to review because I believe the Filero was the best size for the OSOK.

Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador cigar review and rating

After removing the slick packaging, you are presented with a dark (and oily in my case), bulb shaped beauty that features the standard Namakubi band, with an additional “Ecuador” sub-band. The pre-light draw is understandably tight, as is the case with cigars that come in a bulb shape. The initial light of the cigar takes a bit of effort, but once you get past the nipple and the first quarter inch of the bulb, the draw opens up and the cigar begins to perform much better.

Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador cigar review

The flavors are intense! This cigar is a flavor-bomb for certain. Concentrated notes of black licorice (anice), leather, and spice fill your mouth. This full flavored, full strength cigar will grab your attention and will not release it. I would seriously recommend smoking this cigar at night after a full meal. The cigar performed well after the initial burn and draw issues, yet it was oddly inconsistent at times; alternating between producing a medium amount of smoke, to erupting in a smoke explosion! Some folks might find that inconsistency a flaw, however, I enjoyed the roller-coaster of smoke production. Sometimes in life you just need to enjoy the ride.

Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador



If you like black licorice, this cigar is for you, it’s intense anise flavor is unmistakable. In my opinion the OSOK is a better overall smoke, featuring a more balanced flavor profile, but I also enjoyed the Namakubi Ecuador. In a way, the Namakbi Ecuador is like a much more intense version of an OSOK. This cigar comes in at about $8 per stick and it seems to be (in my opinion) a reasonable price for such a unique tasting stick.

Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador cigar review

Would I smoke this cigar again? To be honest, anise isn’t my favorite flavor in a cigar, therefore I probably wouldn’t find myself buying more of these; however, that doesn’t mean this cigar isn’t for you. If you enjoy deep, intense, black licorice flavors, combined with oily leather, you will absolutely love the Namakubi Ecuador.

Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador cigar

Room101 Namakubi Ecuador
Black licorice fans rejoice because this is your stick.
Appearance90%
Burn/Construction89%
Draw90%
Flavor84%
Complexity84%
Price/Value88%
Pros
  • Killer presentation
  • Great construction
Cons
  • Too much black licorice
88%Black licorice
Reader Rating: (1 Vote)
87%
  • Brian Waala

    Working at the Outlaw Cigar Companty I get the oppurtunity to try lots of great smokes. For me this is one of Matt Booth’s more memorable smokes. I had the Chingon, the largest size, a wonderfully constructed salamon. aside from early touching up the cigar gave me no persiustant burn issues. The larger size takes the edge off the anise flavore and brings herbally sweet notes about halfway through. The cigar is definatley worth a shot if you are a fan of medium bodied smokes.

  • Tazz

    I had lots of burn issues. Rep gave me some Dauna as compensation. I bought a box of those and the San Andreas. Tried a different size and no burn issues. Too bad I typically like this shape better, but tried 2 and both had issues.

  • pato1001

    Man you make this cigar sound amazing! I will definitely have to try one soon! I’m just wondering do you guys ever review any crappy cigars? Or do those just don’t make it to the site?

    • Pato, you asked the exact same question on two different reviews. I will respond here.

      Do we ever review crappy cigars? Yes. However that happens less and less because I have found that I don’t like wasting my time on crappy cigars. If you go back and read some of our early reviews we beat up on some crappy cigars. That gets old quick and it’s kind of a “lose lose” if you ask me.

      But furthermore, I have found that what I dislike in flavor might not be the same as what others dislike in flavor i.e., cigars are subjective. Therefore I keep my criticisms to objective things such as draw, burn, and other construction issues.

      On the cigar Dojo we try to focus on the positives yet make folks aware of possible issues that might make them avoid or gravitate towards the cigar being reviewed.

      Thanks for the great question.

  • Very nice honest review! I have one I plan on smoking later this week, curious to see if we come up with the same results