What was once old is now new for Room101 Cigars, bringing back one of the brand’s most famed releases at PCA 2021: Namakubi. It has been 10 years since the brand first launched, which was then rolled at Camacho’s Tabacos Rancho Jamastran factory in Honduras. The updated rendition moves to the Dominican Republic, where Tabacalera William Ventura is said to have resurrected the same blend and figurado shape of the 5½” x 50 Ranfla. The cigars will launch as a limited-edition winter release, packaged in large chests that contain 10 individually coffined cigars. The release will then open up in 2022, where more traditional boxes will be shipped, including both the original black/red color scheme, as well as the new purple/gray.
Also on display was the third release in the Anniversary series—Room101 12th Anniversary—which is a Nicaraguan maduro rolled at A.J. Fernández’s factory in Estelí, including Fernández’s own tobaccos throughout the blend. Finally, there is a new size (4″ x 50 El Gran Papi Chulo) and blend (Sumatra) in The Big Payback collection. The size is estimated at $5.99 MSRP, which will be exclusive to the Sumatra blend, shipping winter 2021.