The Godfather, Evil Dead, Batman, The Matrix – some trilogies are worth the journey, some stand the test of time – others, not so much… In the case of Room101’s limited edition, luxury series, this is a trilogy we will be sad to see come to a close.
The first installment of the series was released late in 2013, with its sequel following closely behind. Now, more than a year after the Master Collection Two, Room101 has introduced the thrilling finale – Master Collection Three.
The Master Collection series was designed to showcase the full power of Room101, incorporating higher quality tobaccos and blending the cigars for the more “refined” palate. Matt Booth has claimed this final blend is his favorite of the series.
Master Collection Three Breakdown
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
- Binder: Dominican
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Factory: AgroIndustrias Laepe, S.A. (Camacho factory – Honduras)
- Production: Limited Edition (500 – 1,500 per size)
- Vitola: 4” x 48 Roxxo
- Price: $9
Master Collection Three arrives in 5 sizes: Papi Chulo (42 x 4), Roxxo (48 x 4), Mutante (38 x 7), Sucio (48 x 7) and Monstro (60 x 5). As is common with Room101 releases, the vitolas are not your standard sizes, with two, short, 4″ sizes and two 7″ sizes – the Mutante vitola is finished with a pigtail cap. For this review, I am smoking the 4″ x 48 Roxxo, which is a really neat size when seen in person.
I’ve always found that all of Room101’s releases take great care with the packaging, especially with the Master Collection. MC Three has to be the best of them all though – white and black piano-finished boxes show the Sakura logo (a Japanese Cherry Blossom), giving the boxes a clean and refined look. On the inside, the cigars are wrapped in tissue paper and a sheet of cedar, with a red velvet lid. This is a showpiece box worthy of collecting and showing off, front and center.
The cigar is medium brown with thick and prominent, light veins. It is triple capped and looks very impressive, I love the unique size! On the nose there is a hay/barnyard smell and on the foot there is an unmistakable aroma of peanut shells. The initial cut is firm and clean, and I get the feeling its well-packed and well-constructed. The pre-light draw fells great, with little resistance and once again, peanut flavors.
The cigar starts with a large amount of pepper in the retrohale, aside from this, the flavors are very subtle. There is also some dried leafs/harsh notes that taste like it may not have enough age. Soon, these harsh notes transform into a more pleasant flavor of bitter cocoa powder. The flavors seem subtle for the most part, other than the dominating pepper, and the body is a dead medium.
Soon there are notes of leather, raw vegetables, and a tanginess. This is a small cigar and at 1″ it is nearly halfway into the smoke. Here is where the cigar hits its sweet spot! Where the flavors were once subtle, they are now full-blast, it’s literally like an attack on all the senses of full flavor madness! All unwanted flavors have disappeared and the cigar tastes of pepper, anise, leather, creamed coffee, and butter on the finish. This butter note soon develops into a delicious, roasted butternut squash and corn chips.
Would I smoke this cigar again?
Yes, and while the MC Three is much better than the MC Two, it is not quite as flavorful or pleasing as the MC One. Considering this, I still found it very enjoyable and would recommend buying at least a 5-pack. It’s probably worth the box purchase for many just to own the box, which is very cool.
- Great construction
- Perfect draw
- Nice evolution of flavors
- Harsh notes at beginning