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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Pestera Muierilor
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Rob (sar127)
86
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 Water

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 20 Possible

Beautiful little shorty. Very firm to the touch, slightly veiny, not very shiny but practically seamless wrapper lines. Solid construction, straight cut didn't crack or loosen the cap whatsoever. Sharp looking band but more on that later I expect...

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

If patiently lit, RoMa parejo shapes have ALWAYS burned perfectly, no difference this time. It's a relative dark salt and pepper ash that holds well again. Burn rate is normal, but I've also noticed Aquitaines more so than their other lines can get bitter if smoked too fast so I'll be very cautious with this one. No runs, tunnels, or relights as expected. Smoke volume is good, nothing excessive like a DE.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Draw and construction are flawless. A very nice loose draw just like I enjoy. But beware, the loose draw can also lead to a tear-jerking retrohale if not careful! Oh and don't get me started on their bands. Probably the second worst band to take off after Ligas. -2 pts for that annoyance!

Flavor: 25 Points of 35 Possible

First third - starts out with a ton of smoke,lot of leather, cedar, and earth on the palate. Retrohale is where RoMas really excel, this one is no different with it's explosion of flavors. To me the retro on the Aquitaine is much better than the flavor on the palate. It's an extremely well balanced and complex blend of spice,leather, wood, earth, and a beautiful sweetness.

2nd third - The typical Aquitaine smokiness is picking up here, slightly overshadowing the others flavors from the first third. Unfortunately that's my consistent problem with the Aquitaine vs the Cromagnon for example. The balance of flavors gets thrown off imo. The nose remains extremely punchy and sharp just like I expect an after dinner cigar to be.

Final third - I smoked this as slow as I could and it still got bitter and tarry at the end. The retrohale also lost it's subleties and got overly smokey.


Summary

Thanks for giving me a chance to smoke this size. It overall confirms my thoughts on the Aquitaine line. It's definitely my least favorite of their 5 lines. While construction and quality control is flawless, the flavors aren't consistent throughout the smoke and always end up being bitter or tarry midway through, for me at least. Cromagnon is definitely the way to go imo.



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