What if I could guarantee that this year’s show will make money?…
…why don’t we get some of my football players to be dancers in the show and people will show up in droves just to see them fall on their asses.
Bill, I don’t want to turn this into a Farce.
It wouldn’t be a farce, because we’ll get them to be better than the damn June Taylor dancers and that’ll shock the hell out of everybody.
— Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) —
If anyone in the cigar industry would use dancing football players and the like to promote a cigar, it would be Matt Booth, owner of the cult-favorite Room101 brand. That being said, the cigar of focus involves no dancing of any kind. On the other hand, Booth is fully committed to this series for Room101 Cigars. In the spring of 2018, Booth told Cigar Aficionado, “This is not a one-shot deal—it is the beginning of a new era for Room101 in the cigar business.”
Booth is referring to the fact that this is his second venture into the world of premium cigars. The U.S. veteran-turned-entrepreneur has kept a strong consistency with his brand by retaining his company’s name, Room101, over the years. Booth has always made a strong point of pairing with some of the industry’s finest manufacturers, growers, and company owners in the business. In the latest incarnation of Room101 as cigar producer (the company is also known for its boutique jewelry), Matt has partnered with the likes of Robert Caldwell, William Ventura, and (the man who seems to be involved everywhere these days) A.J. Fernández. That’s a strong quartet no matter where you sit.
And while each of the aforementioned names have been linked to Booth’s cigars of late, it is only Ventura that is associated with the Farce brand—the first official line under the modernized Room101 stable of cigars.
Farce Connecticut Robusto Breakdown
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
- Binder: Indonesia
- Filler: Nicaragua | Dominican Republic
- Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura (Dominican Republic)
- Production: Regular Production
- Vitola: 5″ × 50 (Robusto)
- Price: $10.90 (MSRP)
The Farce Connecticut is actually the second blend in the Farce brand (the first being Farce, released in the spring of 2018) and is available in four vitolas. The cigar is composed of a similar blend from the brand’s original release, but is wrapped in an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper (as opposed to the Ecuadorian Habano of the Farce).
- Short Corona: 4⅞” x 46 | $10.30 (MSRP)
- Robusto: 5″ x 50 | $10.90 (MSRP)
- Churchill: 7″ x 48 | $11.80 (MSRP)
- Super Toro: 6″ x 56 | $12.40 (MSRP)
The exquisite wrapper has an attractive golden hue, with almost no sheen from oils, visible tooth, or seams. This vitola is a classic robusto, in the 5″ x 50 format, and is a traditional parejo mold. The label sports Room101’s trademark lotus blossom in gorgeous ruby relief. There is also a secondary ruby band with “FARCE.” printed in a white Arial Italics font. The label pops against the shade wrapper, which is velvety to the touch.
The aroma coming off the cigar is one of pepper and oak, with subtle sweet notes of nutmeg and rock candy. The cap becomes smoothly extracted with the use of a guillotine cutter. The sweet notes intrigued me, so I paid attention a little more intently to the aroma while toasting the foot. The pepper and oak remain, but a finish of sweet cream surfaces.
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The immediate impression that hits my palate is one of a sweet and spicy nature. The spice is peppery and the sweetness that lingers on the palate and on the retrohale is one of honey. There are faint notes of licorice, graham cracker, and cashew in the first portion of the cigar.
The smoke is cooler than most Connecticut Shade cigars. I find that many Shade-wrapped cigars tend to burn warmer by comparison, in my experience. The draw and construction through the first half of the cigar is solid, but I do grab my lighter a couple of times to touch up. Plenty of smoke is brought in with each puff, enveloping the palate with a long-lasting finish of cashew, pepper, nutmeg, and the dominant honey notes.
As the smoke progresses, a quirky and unusual beef note comes into play and surprisingly melds well with the other flavors. It quickly dissipates, but it, nonetheless, is quite interesting and captivates my attention. While the flavor is plentiful, the body of this cigar remains low, creeping up only slightly and predictably nearing the final third. The deeper I get into the cigar, there is a building cream flavor that comes in forcefully, complimenting the pepper and honey quite well.
As the cigar wraps up, the entire experience intensifies. The forceful cream note that came on like a whirlwind begins to dominate the palate, but the honey note starts to get a bit cloying. However, the pepper and oak notes on the retrohale quickly recuperate the flavor on the finish of this cigar. After the couple of touch-ups, the burn of the cigar holds steady and the draw remains consistent and solid throughout.
Would I Smoke This Cigar Again?
Yes, this was my first experience with this cigar and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I will re-visit as soon as convenient, perhaps tomorrow morning.
- As of the writing of this review, I had not smoked the original Farce, so no comparisons were made, outside the blend having similar components.
- Two samples were smoked for review
- I really enjoy the fact that Booth doesn’t adhere to stigma or trends and does what he wants, or at least, gives off that impression strongly. First, it was the lancero vitola, then it was Room101 Payback, and now it’s creating milder cigars with the Farce CT and The T. CT.
- Accompanying each unique size, Room101 includes sub-titles such as “It’s a Robusto,” “It’s a Churchill,” etc.
- Flavor: Medium-Plus
- Strength: Mild
- Body: Mild / Medium
- Smoke Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
- Pairing Recommendation: Latte, Strawberry milkshake, Añejo rum, Quiche lorraine, Cheesecake
- Purchase Recommendation: Sprint for a box
- Quintessential draw
- Mildly complex
- Good complimentary spice
- Inconsistent Burn
- Saccharine finish
- Unbalanced at times