National Hex Day, Room 101 and Man ‘O War Cigars

You’ve no doubt seen this, but in case you haven’t:



Sindicato Cigar Company, based out of Boca Raton, FL, has announced that January 18th will be “National HEX Day” incelebration of the release of their second Premium brand, HEX.  All consumers who visit participating retailers andrepeat the phrase “HEX ME!”, will receive a FREE HEX cigar, while supplies last.

Participating retailers will have stick and box promotions for the day, along with limited edition HEX t-shirts forgiveaways.

Consumers who buy 3 or more HEX cigars during the “I’ve been HEX’D” weekend will be automatically entered in the “HEX giveaway promotion”.  Winners will be announced on February 15th.  The Grand Prize winner, along with his retailer, will visit the Nicaraguan factory of Omar, Omar Jr., and Alexis Ortez, where HEX cigars are handcrafted in Condega. In addition to a visit to the Condega factory during this 3 day trip, the lucky winner and his retailer will visit the NACSA factory in Esteli, makers of Sindicato’s Affinity brand cigar.

The lucky winner will also visit the Aganorsa factory of Eduardo Fernandez, maker of the highly anticipated Sindicato brand cigar. This Puro Nicaraguan beauty is blended by Master Blender Arsenio Ramos utilizing only the rarest and finest aged tobaccos of Fernandez’s farms in Jalapa, Esteli and Condega.

In addition to the Grand Prize winner, there will be prizes for a total of 10 consumers, who will each win a 25-count sampler of HEX’s 5 sizes.  The 11 total winners will also receive a 5-count sampler of the Sindicato Puro Nicaraguan cigar by Arsenio Ramos.  

To find the nearest retailer selling HEX cigars, please visit out retailer locator at



Room101_Namakubi_ChingonSunday was a reasonably nice day for this time of year in this part of the US. I needed a nice, long walk, so I selected a Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador Chingon, a Salamon shaped cigar measuring a whopping 8″ x 60 ring gauge at it’s largest point. This is an enormous cigar for a winter day! I spent over two hours with this cigar, about half of that walking around the neighborhood with the dog, and it was a really nice smoke. I’ve smoked a few of it’s smaller siblings which I probably enjoy more, but if you have the time, this is a really tasty smoke. I have one more in the Ranfla size, which is only 5½ x 50, which I bought at an event last year on Matt Booth’s recommendation. This Chingon was a gift from a business associate, thanks Mike! In retrospect, I should probably have waited for a nice, sunny summer day in the pool for this one, but I was in the mood for a nice, long smoke, so this certainly fit the bill.



ManOWar_Skull Crusher
I inadvertently fell into the theme trap again, and chose another Salomon shaped cigar for Monday’s walk. The Man O’ War Side Project: Skull Crusher. This was an IPCPR sample, and I loved the look of this cigar.  It had a dark, oily Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper and was a 5¾” x 56 perfecto with the foot closed and finished off, as if it were capped.  I suppose this could have been clipped off, but I burned through it with the lighter.  This is a STRONG cigar! It crushed my skull!  The black pepper was prominent throughout,  although it either mellowed out near the end or I grew accustomed to it!  I couldn’t smoke this cigar too often, and I have a pretty high tolerance for strong cigars.  The other thing this cigar had in common with the Room 101 was that there doesn’t seem to be a website for either brand.  I’ve linked to retailers websites for more information if you need it.


That’s it for now.  I’m going to try to get out for a walk if it finally stopped raining, this weather has really been annoying! Maybe I’ll smoke my last Hex cigar.

Until the next time,










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8 Responses to National Hex Day, Room 101 and Man ‘O War Cigars

  1. Patrick

    I prefer most cigars in the 6/50 range but sometimes I too just feel like a long smoke. Aj has a few nice cigars I enjoy in the salomon size.

  2. Craig

    Agree with Patrick. I have been in the 5-6×50-60 range lately but have a few “big dogs” for those long summer BBQ sessions.

  3. Mike McDonald

    Thanks for the info on Hex day. Looks like I have to drive into Orlando to visit Nora’s but that’s ok. Unique little shop with a great independent owner. Got my first Opus X from a generous patron there. Looking forward to it.

  4. Can’t get enough of the 101’s, I like just about everyone.

  5. Agent 86

    I like the 6×60’s and up lately. Think I’d like that Chingon if I can find one. Loving the Asylum Schizo right now.

  6. Jesus C

    Totally agree with you on the skull crusher, first one i had didn’t know how strong it was had the spins but I really enjoyed the flavors

  7. Thanks Craig for giving me info on national hex day. I plan on checking that out. Thanks again for the blog. It’s fun to smoke vicariously through you specially now in the frozen tundra where you can’t go out much at all.

  8. Commish

    Darn – Missed that one! Trying to catch up with my emails while on vacation. Maybe J Scott purchased a couple we can share!!!???