Cigar industry wildman Matt Booth is known for his creativity. He brings a modern and cool vibe to the Room 101 brand through his jewelry, apparel designs, and of course cigars. So when STG was looking to revive a brand and bolster the portfolio of the Forged Cigar Company, they opted to go with space traveler Matt Booth. He waved his diamond encrusted lightsaber and cut out a new look for the brand. Los Statos Deluxe was reborn. Cosmetically the cigar looks pretty dope, but let's rip off sheath and see how it fizzles.
Cigar: Los Statos Deluxe Churchill
Origin: Danlí, Honduras
Factory: Honduran American Tobacco S.A. (HATSA)
Size: 7 x 49
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
I do love the full wrap presentation on this. Booth has utilized that on some Room 101 cigars and they always look awesome. I do take issue with how much of a pain in the arse it was to remove though. It was like trying to remove a shipping label from a box and it comes off in 1,000 pieces. Easy on the paper cement. The Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper looks gorgeous with only remnants of veins and a satin feel. It was wrapped well, but the overall profile is like Sloth's face from The Goonies, deformed and bumpy. Let's put down the BabyRuth and move on.
The first light starts with a draw that is near perfect. Once I get halfway in though it began to clench up, requiring some gentle pokes. That helped for a while. During the full 7" I did had to poke a few times to keep things pumping, but no material removal was needed.
The only fuel used was during light up. No touchups were needed, even after a lengthy pause between puffs. The first inch or two had a couple spots that would flower out, but it self-corrected and was fine for the rest of the session. No sass from the ash.
1/3 - A basket of various veggies play door greeter. Stepping in further I get cedar, fresh leather, and misted hay. The finish has a mineral taste that is subtle enough to not be off putting. Inching in and sugar-free sugar cookie appears (I don't know, is that even a thing?). A spiciness is present but it's very mild and gentle. Sour dough bread helps finish the 1st third. Some of those bites had notes of honey that buzzed in & out.
2/3 - The honey sour dough marches though the 2nd third nicely with a ramp up, while at the same time still not being over sweet. Oatmeal is very upfront, although it seems to go back and forth between dry oatmeal and a warm bowl of it. Midway and towards the end of the 2nd third the finish becomes very dry. I found myself lip smackin' often. The previous veggie/cedar/leather notes still remain in a quieter fashion.
3/3 - The finale brings a warm bag of nuts, crumbs of milk chocolate, and a citrus leather. The finish transitions to dry cocoa and mild black pepper.
I really enjoyed this cigar, especially being under $10 MSRP. This would have scored a 9 or higher if the draw was more consistent, the paper wrappers weren't trying to punk me, and I didn't have to look at Sloth's face. The important thing to remember is the flavors were great, it burned effortlessly, and the overall session was pleasant. I only had 1 to test, so maybe others are better dressed. Skip the single and go right to the fiver. Find yourself a deal and it's box worthy.
**Number of cigars smoked for the review: 1