Room101’s Daruma, first released in 2012, is making a comeback this year. Set as a follow up to Namakubi, Daruma is the first official Room101 release since the brand was acquired by Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) last year.
Daruma is named after the Japanese dolls with the same name. These dolls symbolize good luck and resilience in Zen culture. Daruma is described as a Nicaraguan Puro made in Nicaragua in partnership with Cory Bappert from Oliva Cigar Co. It will be available as a 6 x 50 Toro with a suggested retail price of $12.99 per cigar.
In a press release, Room101’s Matt Booth commented: “The return of Daruma is symbolic of the relationship with STG and Room101 moving forward. It represents the opportunity for Room101 to spread its wings which has always been our goal. And just as goals change and times change, Daruma has evolved. The Daruma of 2011 would not be the Daruma of today. The blend is correct and appropriate for now and begins a new chapter for both Daruma and Room101. This cigar is exactly what it needs to be, and it gives people exactly what it needs to give them. Light up a Daruma and celebrate how far you come and set a course for your next big adventure.”
The original Daruma was made in Honduras and its blend included tobaccos grown in Brazil, Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador while the 2023 release will be a Nicaraguan puro, meaning it will only be comprised of Nicaraguan-grown tobaccos. The other notable difference is that the new Daruma is being handcrafted in Nicaragua by Oliva Cigar Co.