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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Atlatl
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (bstessl)
89
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 Monkey Shoulder

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 20 Possible

The appearance of this cigar is mostly dry, except for around the veins where it seemed oily.  The cap cut well with a punch and the cigar itself was firm, but not hard. It had a sweet and peppery aroma to it.

Light & Burn: 11 Points of 15 Possible

This thing lit like a champ with one stick match, and it had a nice thin, dark but slightly wavy burn line.  The ash held for an inch and a half before falling, and was mainly white with a bit of grey.  Unfortunately, there was a random re-light at the halfway point.  Medium smoke output.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Construction was amazing...  A near flawless wrapper that you had to search to find the seam and the cap held through the entire smoke.  The draw was perfect in my opinion throughout the entire smoke.  I did have to take a couple points away for that relight though, as I see that as a construction issue.

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

1st Third - Initial tastes of sweetness with a little bit of pepper, that transitioned an earthiness with leather in the retrohale.  The pepper faded out quite a bit, but was still there.  A little more than a medium

2nd Third - Pepper fades away completely to the earth tones and coffee and the cigar seemed to weaken a bit down to a mild/medium.  Then out of nowhere, I had to relight it...  I didn't stop or slow down with it at all... it just went out right at the half.  After the relight, it was a kind of burnt toast with grass.  

Final Third - Mainly the earth tones, but the coffee and grass stuck around.  Surprisingly, after the relight, this thing still burned damn near perfect.  Then the earth tones fade to a dark cocoa with a little bit of bitterness near the end.  Pepper came back at the nub and it finished off back at a medium.

Summary

This cigar was a strange ride, in a good way for the most part.  The flavors changed quite a bit, the burn was amazing - even through a random relight. The strength threw me off a bit weakening a little bit in the middle, only to ramp it back up in the end.  
I was pretty disappointed that I had to relight it, again throwing me off because it was out of nowhere and the burn of the cigar burn seemed unaffected after lighting it a second time.  I really enjoyed the flavors and overall experience of this cigar.  I have to thank Chuck for letting me in to try this cigar out for the first time!  I will definitely be picking some of these up in the future.  Hopefully the relight was just a fluke, but that's where most of the points fell off on this one.



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