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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Pestera Muierilor
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Jason (jharrisx5)
90
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 None

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

This solid little cigar is sporting a toothy dark brown Colorado shaded wrapper leaf with a few veins and a solid, rugged feel.  All seams are tight, and the cap is very well applied.  I opted for a punch cut which was just a little tougher than normal...the cap did not want to come off!  The pre light draw was a little snug and tasted of lightly composted tobacco, which was a good representative of the pre light aroma.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar lit easily, and gave absolutely no problems relative to the subsequent burn.  The stout little cigar produced plenty of smoke, a little bit of a surprise considering the fact that the draw is a bit snug. Additionally, the rate of burn was very slow, and didn't require any attention or relights.

The ash on this stout little cigar was stellar, and lasted all the way to the band before I tapped it off.

Construction: 25 Points of 30 Possible

As stated in the critique of the appearance, this is a solidly built cigar with obvious attention to the details.  Even with my rough attentions to the cap, it remained intact...a bit surprising since I had to do some prying to get the plug out, and the fact that I'm somewhat of a chomper.  

My only criticism is the fact that the draw is a bit firm for my liking.  I suspect my draw tool would have fixed it but for the purposes of this review I elected to leave it alone and see it it opened up on its own. Sadly, it didn't get to where I prefer it, but it was absolutely smokable.

Flavor: 33 Points of 35 Possible

The first puffs of this cigar were not at all what I expected.  They were bitter and acrid...heavy in pepper and old shoe leather.  Thankfully as it warmed, the pepper faded a bit, and all traces of bitterness completely disappeared.  The leather remained, however, and became much more pleasant as a slightly salty note developed.  

As the second portion begins I am starting to get a distinctive woody note to the smoke...not sure it it's oak or another hardwood, but it is definitely not cedar or pine.  In addition, the roughness of the leather has faded and the smoke is becoming creamy and much milder on my palate and through my nostrils.  This is quite an interesting smoke to this point!

Entering the final third I am detecting a molasses sweetness on the finish.  I'm wishing I had some good black coffee to pair with this.  Nearing the end, the strength ramped up a bit but never reached full.  Also, the pepper returned a bit through my nose bit was never enough to make me shy away from a retrohale.

Summary

This cigar was really a roller coaster ride in respect to flavors.  It started off terribly...bitter, sour, and just plain nasty.  A few puff in, however, the flavors took a corkscrew and got downright good!  It's impressive that the blender was able to get so many changes into such a diminutive vitola.  It was strong, and mild in turn, while being bold and creamy...all within minutes of each shift.  The smoke was heavy and thick, even with the limitations the tight draw presented.  As a matter of fact, I was chugging smoke rings with almost every puff...just good, clean fun!

I could easily see myself smoking through boxes of these, and sharing with my moderately experienced cigar smoking friends.  Not sure a beginner is ready for this, but everyone else gets my recommendation.  If you like medium to medium-full flavors and strength then this might be just what you want to smoke!

Thank you, very much for allowing me to participate in this Geek Critique...it was much enjoyed!



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