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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Atlatl
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: shakinghorizons
63
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 Water

Pre-Light: 10 Points of 20 Possible

Very rustic looking cigar, with veiny points sticking out everywhere. The cap clipped nicely, but the cigar was densely packed and very hard to the squeeze. The aroma was pure chocolate, leather, and an interesting "tanginess". I'm tasting some spice on the cold draw, but can't narrow down and pinpoint exactly what it is - hoping it makes an appearance while burning.

Light & Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

Impeccable burn, not even a wavy pattern, couldn't have asked for better! The ash was a solid gray/white and held on for about an inch or so at a time before being lightly tapped off. The cigar lasted just over an hour, and was put down with about an inch and a half remaining, due to getting hot. No re-lights were necessary, and the smoke volume was average.

Construction: 18 Points of 30 Possible

The draw was a little tight for my liking, and even a little more firm than I would expect for a lancero. The wrapper is screams hand rolled as there is no way you could get that kind of character from a mold. The cap was beautiful, but without any artistic flair from the roller.

Flavor: 20 Points of 35 Possible

The Atlatl is advertised as medium-full, and it definitely is! There is a great sweet chocolate from the maduro flavors of the wrapper, other than that I am tasting a LOT of black pepper.  The retrohale of the cigar is full of black and red pepper spice. There is a good amount of sweetness there, but not nearly enough to tame the spice. The leathery wood notes of the Cameroon binder add complexity. It's not what I would call an especially complex cigar in that it doesn't change a whole lot over the course of the smoke. The sweetness fades with time and the strength rises. The end of the second third and for the remainder of the cigar, I would classify it as full in body and strength.

Summary

Not something I would seek out, as I gravitate toward mild, mild-medium - but I can see the appeal. The rustic looking cigar is enough to get a conversation going with someone sitting close to you at the B&M. I don't believe I would smoke another one, but it was unique, and I crave the maduro flavor!



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