This is a cigar I’ve been meaning to try for a while now, recent exchanges with Mr. Skip Martin, (Chief Hava,) and a picture he uploaded on twitter convinced me it was time to get off my behind and grab a few. A quick trip to see a friend brought me close to one of my favorite spots, Total Tobacco. I stopped, made my selection, and went on my merry way.
Inspection of this cigar revealed a beautifully crafted stick, from foot to nub very well put together. I found no soft spots, and little to no veins to speak of. The natural look of the leaf stood out to me and made it look even better. Pre-light sniff offered up a barnyard, almost manure smell, along with some wood notes and natural tobacco. The foot gave pretty much the same with an addition of some pepper spice. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw didn’t seem to give off much, didn’t worry me, maybe even got me a little more interested. Toasting was easy and off we go…
The first third began with a nice peppery start. The pepper was nothing overpowering, but the dominant note through the first few puffs. The other flavors included woody notes, cedar like, and a hint of sweetness. A few minutes into the first third, and the cigar really began to shine. The wood notes became more prevalent, along with a rich tobacco taste, and a hint of sweetness. The pepper was still at a good level and left a nice warm tingle on the finish. The draw was absolute perfection, giving me plenty of rich smoke to enjoy. The burn was almost perfect producing a nice white ash that held strong.
The second third, for the most part, stayed true to the flavors. One of the changes I did notice was a little more emphasis on the tobacco flavor, which was beautifully rich. The wood notes were just as noticeable as before, and the pepper was a player until towards the end of the second third. The ash was as strong as the beginning, the burn even more sharp, and the draw still perfect.
At the end of the second third, and into the final third, the pepper seemed to all but fade. The cigar now took a turn towards the wood notes and tobacco, marrying them in a delicious, smooth finish. I had a hard time accepting the end of this cigar. I accepted that I have another in my humi, and many more available not too from me.
This cigar, I’m sure, will be a go to for me. Yes I thought it was that good. I’m excited to try the various vitolas and other cigars available by Roma Craft Tobac. If you haven’t tried them, please don’t wait as long as I did! As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan