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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Pestera Muierilor
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Chuck (Cfickter)
91
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member clami (Clay).  The cigar provided for this round is the RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Pestera Muierilor.

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. However, 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.

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. 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 companions, the blend adds another dimension to the deep rich tobacco flavor we present in the CroMagnon.


Length:
4
Ring Gauge:
46
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Ecuador
Binder:
Cameroon
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Petit Corona

This cigar was enjoyed with Medium Roast Coffee

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 20 Possible

This is a medium chocolate colored wrapper with a oily sheen.  There are plenty of veins and a few larger ones running most of the length.  Great construction, firm with a very slight give.  Triple cap is well made and clips clean with no fraying.  Prelight light aroma is a light caramel and woody or hay.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

Very easy to light and the initial burn is razor straight.  About one inch into the smoke a slight wobble developed but it was nothing I was concerned with, the one side slightly lagged and seemed to follow a couple of the larger veins.  It required no relights or touchups.  Ash was a gray/white and flakey, held very well lasting almost half the smoke before breaking off.  The cigar produced great smoke on draws and a lingering wisp while at rest.  No canoeing or tunneling occurred

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

Solid construction. No wrapper flaws during the smoke and remained firm.  Cap held up very well, some blockage occurred caused by moisture buildup, a normal occurrence during smoking.  The draw was free and open but the moisture build up slightly blocked the draw towards the end of the smoke.  Still not a big concern.  Roma Craft bands are put on very tightly and can be tough to remove and can sometime cause wrapper damage, but none occurred during this critique

Flavor: 31 Points of 35 Possible

First 1/3: Nothing in the pre-draw prepares you for the pepper blast in the very first draw.  Think Don Pepin X3!  Pushing the draw to the back of the throat really bumps the pepper and the flavor will linger.  It is really hard to find more flavors with this pepper blast.  The retrohale is the best way to maximize the pepper profile, providing you don’t want to use the sense of smell immediately after smoking this.  But hey this is a habano wrapper!

Second 1/3:  things have begun to mellow out a bit, not sure if that is the cigar profile or the few remaining taste buds hanging on for dear life.  During this lull you begin to pick up some of the caramel flavor along with some woody tones.  Retorhale continues to be predominately pepper.  This profile is pretty much this middle third

Final 1/3: the pepper begins to pick back up but not in the strength in the first third.  You still get a nice caramel to help balance out the flavors.  There is a richer, deeper profile.  While not an overly complex smoke the changes between the thirds are noticeable and make the smoke enjoyable.


Summary

Full disclosure, as most of the regulars know I am a Roma Craft whore.  Nothing about this cigar before you light it gives you any hint of the pepper bomb this cigar is.  A lot of the spice and pepper can be attributed to the cigar’s size and the ratio of the Ecuadorian Habano Ligero wrapper to binder and filler.  This is not a first smoke of the day or the first cigar if you plan on smoking a second one.
I would guess that this cigar would not be in the wheelhouse of many average cigar smokers, that is OK, but if you like a peppery cigar then I suggest you try this cigar in this vitola.  If this much pepper is not in your profile don’t give up on the Aquitaine line, try a larger vitola like the Cranium.  I would also suggest the Mode 5 or Knuckle Dragger.
Overall not my favorite Roma Craft, perhaps not even my favorite Aquitaine.  But one I will keep in the humidor to pull out either for that perfect short smoke or when I want a good heavy flavor




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