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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Atlatl
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Dave (Deener27)
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 Buffalo Trace

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 20 Possible

There was some serious anticipation that I experienced prior to smoking this cigar.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I am sucker for anything that is tagged with LE.  Call me a marketing sucker (thanks marketing guys like our sponsor, Chuck), but there is something special when you smoke something you can't really find easily.  This cigar is rather dry looking because of the aging process the wrapper has gone through.  The other thing that stood out to me was the veininess and wobbly nature of the construction (which I will touch on later).  The veins are nothing that generally concern me as I have found that is not one of things that will have a lasting effect on the burn.  I used a guillotine cutter and was able to clip just a portion of the cap off which revealed a strong earthiness and sweet raisin aroma.  That same aroma was present at the foot with some barnyard and cedar.  The cigar was definitely tightly packed in a few areas and lesser so in others which was revealed during the pinch test.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The burn was pretty decent for a cigar that has a few soft areas.  There was only a bit of a wobble throughout but nothing that required any intervention of any sort.  I have a bit of a rule while smoking cigars and that is not to let more than and inch and a half of ash to build up while smoking a cigar.  It just prevents drop-off and a huge mess, so judging by the fact that I was able to continue to sharpen the ash without it dropping indicated a very strong ash that always of the salt and pepper color.  The burn rate was just right for a cigar of this length and ring gauge.  Finally, the smoke volume started a bit weak (not down on flavor) but got progressively greater throughout.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

This was an interesting cigar construction-wise.  Supposedly, there were a few iterations of this cigar that proved to have a very bad draw or burn while being produced using a mold press, so the powers at RoMa built the cigar completely by hand.  That creates a very bumpy and inconsistent looking stick that would almost look like a backwoods, but don't let it fool you...it is completely up to RoMa Craft standards.  The wrapper had a few coloration issues, but again, nothing that would suggest that this is a bad cigar, it just looks a bit different.  The triple cap was well constructed and cut beautifully.

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

1st Third:  After light-up, the flavors of chocolate, leather, black pepper and candy were present but a bit muted, which is something I have never experienced in a RoMa Craft cigar.  Usually, my expectation has been to get a really big blast of flavor right off the bat and then for it to continue throughout.  Not this time.  Very light smoke, but with a subtle candy-like sweetness was a pleasant experience this time.  Another thing that was odd to me was there was no one flavor that stood out among the rest.

2nd Third:  More of the same as the flavors stayed in the forefront and then would flow back and forth with the other flavors.  The sweetness did wane toward the middle of the cigar, but it remained a solid light to medium in strength.  The burn remained nice and the smoke production began to increase.

Final Third:  The flavor notes stayed exactly the same with one marked change, the strength increased drastically and added a shot of crushed red pepper in there as well.  The end of the cigar was still burning wonderfully and I smoked it down to the nub and still was not getting burned.

Summary

Thanks to Chuck (Cfickter) for sponsoring the review and for picking yours truly to have the opportunity to try this cigar.

I am a RoMa Craft fan overall but this cigar threw me for a major loop as I found this cigar to be a bit outside of the normal CroMagnon flavor spectrum.  It was a bit muted in flavor but did come alive at the end.  Even with this assessment, I still would smoke these on a regular basis in my rotation.  Whether you enjoy smaller ring gauge cigars or not, this is one that I recommend you try for sure.



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