Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Blender/Creator: Skip Martin
Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueño
Purchase Source: 82nd Avenue Tobacco and Pipes
Date Purchased: July 29, 2018
Date Smoked: April 20, 2019
I’ve had a few of the RoMa Craft cigars recently and my curiosity and palate are pique to try and discover more of these RoMa Craft offerings. Today I’m at it again with the RoMa Craft CroMagnon Aquitaine Knuckle Dragger (Petite Robusto).
After a snip and a cut and I’m immediately served a rich deep complex smoke from a pretty snug draw, so let’s hope this opens up as I go along. I’m not detecting any spice on my retrohale at this early point.
Come to find out, the RoMa Craft CroMagnon Aquitaine not only has a delicious Ecuador Habano Ligero wrapper, the filler leaf for this blend was acquired from three separate growing regions in Nicaragua: Esteli, Condega and a small farm north of Esteli on the Honduran border, Pueblo Nuevo. This third leaf, a ligero, brings a strong, smoky, savory flavor to the blend.
From the RoMa Craft Tobac web site:
“…the Aquitaine features a beautiful Ecuador Habano Ligero wrapper selected from the best tobacco we could find. This eighth and ninth priming ligero leaf is thick, oily and has amazing texture and flavor…”
“…When combined with the spicy characteristics of the Habano wrapper, the exotic bite of the Cameroon binder and the clean finish of its Viso and Seco Leaf companions, the blend adds another dimension to the deep rich tobacco flavor we present in the CroMagnon.”
At the first third, a slightly sweet woody and deep rich earthy flavors make me smile… I wouldn’t mind hanging out with this all day…
I’m at the halfway point after about an hour and leather and cocoa enter the flavor picture… life if good!
Well, dang! I’ve been patient with the snug draw; occasionally poking the end with a toothpick to try to assist the draw only to discover at the last third that I have some serious tunneling going on. I’ll blaze off the uneven footer and see how she goes…
I have a few more of these, so I’ll try it again soon.
I finally get another chance to find out what everybody’s been waxing poetic about. The RoMa Craft Aquitaine (Cranium) is my cigar today.
A snip and a clip on this beautifully constructed cigar provide an aroma of musty earth on the cold draw.
The Aquitaine starts off with a tighter draw than I like, so I’ll probably snip a tad bit more off the cap. Deep earthy flavors come to me as I tug on this with a dry nuttiness with a little white pepper spice on the retrohale.
Soon, smooth cream oak, earth and leather with a coffee finish at the end of the first third, the pepper spice is starting to ramp up on the retrohale and my ash is hanging on at a little over an inch
At the second third and I’m calling this is a solid creamy earthy leathery cigar. I’ve been at it for almost an hour now, so this is going to be a long smoke and I’m diggin’ it. I think next time I’ll try a shorter Aquitaine, maybe the Knuckle Dragger (Petite Robusto) will fit the time allocation. The Neanderthal was a two-hour smoking experience.
Smoke Output: Medium
|Overall Rating (1-5): 3|