One of the more limited offerings from Room101 since re-entering the premium cigar scene in 2017 is set to receive a larger-scale release. Officially, the cigar does not have a title, but smokers often refer to it as Death Bucket.
The cigar was made by Room101 founder, Matt Booth, after returning to the industry. Booth collaborated on its creation with Henderson Ventura (of the Tabacalera William Ventura factory), being among the first Room101 projects to come out of the factory (or the DR, for that matter). As explained by Matt Booth:
“I worked with Henderson at Tabacalera William Ventura to create this product. It was also one of the first cigars I blended in The Dominican Republic. The blend and band were made strictly in fun for passion’s sake. I produced around 7500 of these cigars a few months later and distributed them to brick and mortar stores that had supported me over the years. This blend, to my pleasant surprise, was very well received by my existing fan base and new comers alike.”
Booth crafted an additional 10,000 cigars a year after witnessing the cigar’s success, which are now ready to be shipped to retailers. Described by Booth as “one of my strongest projects created while working in the Dominican Republic,” the “Death Bucket” will be distributed only to key Room101 accounts, including both brick-and-mortar and online outlets. The only details on the cigar’s blend are that it is a singular size, featuring an Ecuador Habano wrapper and including filler/binders of the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
“Death Bucket” was among three unnamed cigars shown off at the Room101 booth for IPCPR 2018, accompanying the Cigar Dojo “Noodles” project, as well as another that featured imagery of a hand forming the okay symbol (à la the infamous “circle game”).