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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Atlatl
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Neal (ntanner)
87
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member Cfickter (Chuck).  The cigar provided for this round is the Roma Craft CroMagnon Aquitaine Atlatl.

The Hype:
The Aquitaine contains the same long-filler, full-bodied blend found in the US Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapped CroMagnon, including its unique Cameroon binder, but the Aquitaine diverges from the original CroMagnon with its beautiful Ecuadorian Habano Ligero wrapper selected from the best tobacco the guys at RoMa Craft Tobac could find.

This eighth and ninth priming ligero leaf is thick, oily and has the most amazing texture. The filler tobaccos are made up from three separate growing regions in Nicaragua: Esteli, Condega and a small farm north of Esteli on the Honduran border. The use of these diverse tobaccos delivers the precise deep and rich tobacco flavors that RoMa Craft wanted to present in this exquisite blend.


Length:
7
Ring Gauge:
38
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Cameroon
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Long Panatela

This cigar was enjoyed with Coffee

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

The wrapper has a dry appearance with several vein lines and is a nice deep dark brown. It gives off a nice tobacco and molasses aroma. The cannon is solid and the cigar seems to be well packed. The cap is well applied and it cuts well and has a very good draw.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

Burn was pretty good, a little wavy at times but always managed to self correct. The ash was a mix of dark and light grey and although it held past an inch was not solid. Burn rate was good and the cigar lasted just over an hour and a half producing large volumes of smoke from start to finish. Because of the narrow RG I found it necessary to slow my smoke rate slightly to keep it from smoking to hot but you sort of expect that with a cigar of this size.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Draw is very open and allows me to get great volumes of smoke with each pull. The wrapper although dry and veiny in appearance has a nice dark color to it and looks like it has gobs of flavor. The cap is well applied and just needs enough of a cut to break the skin to reveal the very open draw.

Flavor: 29 Points of 35 Possible

Getting a nice dose of spice in the retro with toasted sugar cane and bakers chocolate,getting a nice sweet hint in the after taste but the smoke has a dry chalky feel to it.
     As it progresses into the second third a nice tobacco flavor joines the mix. Not overly complex but a nice earthy profile that has gobs of flavor.
     The last third I am getting hints of coffee mixing in with the other flavors. The profile never really made any big changes but sort of stacked flavors on as it progressed.

Summary

A very enjoyable cigar with a nice earthy flavor profile and great smoke production. It had good burn characteristics and kept my attention from beginning to the nub. It did require pacing my smoke rate in order to keep it from burning to hot but that is to be expected from a narrow RG like this. A smoke packing a lot of flavor in a small package.



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