In February 2016, Matt Booth appeared on Cigar Dojo’s weekly Smoke Night Live show. In an especially precarious mood, Booth offered up viewers an unusual contest in where they were required to post shots of their feet dunked in fresh bowls of ramen noodles. Needless to say, the unsightly imagery of ramen and feet flooded the Dojo, becoming an inside joke that has far outlasted the contest’s original scope.
The [untitled] Room101 Cigar Dojo Collaboration (aka “Noodles Project”) has been inspired by these events, with Matt Booth crafting unique artwork featuring his decapitated head floating in a bowl of ramen noodles. The project began in late 2017, where Dojo staff members selected their preferred blend for the Dojo app community. The cigars were officially released on September 21, 2018, offering a limited allotment of 500 bundles of 10 cigars and sold exclusively through online retailer JR Cigar.
As with many of Room101’s recent offerings, the “Noodles Project” is rolled at Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic. The cigars feature a reddish-hued Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Sumatran binder, and Cuban-seed fillers (Criollo ’98, Corojo ’99, and Havana Vuelta Arriba). And for the first time since the Dojo’s Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla cigar, the cigars have been rolled in a shapely belicoso format. The blend is quite different from anything in the Cigar Dojo Series to date, displaying a medium-plus body and rich flavors of molasses, charred oak, popcorn, vanilla, and much more.
[untitled] Room101 Cigar Dojo Collaboration Breakdown
- Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
- Binder: Sumatra
- Filler: Criollo ’98 | Corojo ’99 | HVA
- Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura (Dominican Republic)
- Production: Limited Edition (5,000 cigars)
- Vitola: 5½” x 52 (Belicoso)
- Price: $10.00 (SRP) | $9.00 (Dojo member discount)
- Flavor: Medium-Plus
- Strength: Medium-Plus
- Body: Medium-Plus
- Stone Fruit
- Charred Oak
- Rich Hardwoods
- Smoke Time: 1 hour, 28 minutes
- Pairing Recommendation: Old fashioned cocktail, Dr Pepper, Spontaneity, Ramen noodles (what’d you expect?)
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