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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Pestera Muierilor
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: McBryde
68
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 Sweet Tea

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 20 Possible

Pre-light, the cigar was a good looking cigar, smooth, with no significant veins. It was a firm cigar, and of medium weight for the size of the cigar. It had a slight oiliness to it, and the cigar cut nice and smooth, with no wrapper tearing issues.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar had solid whitish grey ash, and burned razor sharp. I only had one issue with the cigar going out on me. The cigar had a medium volume of smoke. It was a thickly packed cigar, so it burned slowly for its size.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The draw was a little tight at first, and then straightened out as the cigar went on. The construction of the cigar was flawless other than that, and this is where this cigar will get its points from me, because the goodness ends there for me.

Flavor: 7 Points of 35 Possible

Well, this little smoke, with it's habano wrapper, had LOTS of peppery spice to it! I'd call it a full cigar, but only based on the amount of pepper in it. It was tasted throughout the whole cigar, even when I had the cigar resting, and after getting a drink. It was just a little too much of a pepper bomb for me.

The first third was just pretty much black pepper flavored for me, with the first couple of puffs being the worst. The 2nd third came into an earthy and hay flavor with strong black pepper overtones to it, but the pepper scaled back a little bit. The beginning of the last third brought on a burning rubber taste mixed with pepper. For the life of me, I tried to finish the cigar, but after a few puffs of the peppery burnt rubber taste, I gave up on it.

As far as smoothness, there was none in this cigars flavor profile. If you call LOTS of pepper, and it changing to peppery hay and peppery burnt rubber complex, then it might have been, but it definitely wasn't for me.

Summary

I think the cigar was so small that the wrapper played such a huge role in the flavor profile that you couldn't get away from all the spice. I can't wait to try the same cigar, but in a different wrapper to see how different they are.



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