RoMa Craft Tobac isn’t a name many will recognize, at least not yet. A small cigar manufacturer based out of Esteli, Nicaragua in their factory, Nica Sueno, RoMa Craft has created a lot of buzz, some great cigars, and is building a great reputation for a cigar company still in its infancy. They currently produce 4 blends out of their small factory, Cromagnon and Cromagnon Aquitaine as well as Intemperance BA and Intemperance EC. Each line provides vast differences in flavor though they share more then just a name; the Cromagnon lines share the same filler and binder between the 2, switching only the wrapper. The Intemperance line does the same, a simple wrapper difference that creates a completely different smoking experience. One thing is for sure about RoMa Craft Tobac, they are growing and growing fast. In 2012 they produced 126,000 cigars out of their Nica Sueno factory and this year are projecting to more then double that number to 275,000 cigars made. Having just brought the line into our humidor here at CK, it is only fitting we introduce it with a proper review! Our first review will be of the Cromagnon Cranium.
Size: Cranium 6 x 54
Wrapper: U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf
Cost: $8.50/stick or $182.95/box of 24
Appearance: The obvious first thing anyone notices about the Cromagnon Cranium is the lack of a band. We are all so used to seeing bands on every cigar that it is almost strange to see a naked cigar. Having been a fan of Connecticut Broadleaf since I first started enjoying cigars, I notice how dark and succulent the wrapper on this cigar is. It is oily, a little toothy, and seamless all the way around. The dark brown color makes me think of a candy bar, so sweet and rich looking. The triple-cap is neatly applied and the foot shows some darkness to it, a sign of the ligero tobaccos used in the filler.
Pre-light Aroma: Bringing the foot of the Cromagnon to my nose, I instantly pick up on the ligero strength along with a heavy scent of tangelo. The citrus scent is backed by a light milk chocolate aroma along with a small hint of spice. The pre-light draw is full of sweet chocolate flavor along with the citrus notes creeping onto the palate as well. The wrapper smells of espresso and milk chocolate and has a slight ammonia scent, a sign of long fermentation process to get it this dark.
The Cromagnon Cranium lit easily and quickly for how dark and oily the tobaccos are and immediately you are greeted with the familiar sweetness of Connecticut Broadleaf. There are some big notes of sweet cocoa, espresso, and the tangelo scent creeps in on the palate as well. Through the nose you pick up more of the sweet citrus note making for a mouth-watering combo of flavors. It is definitely fuller bodied right off the bat, starting in the low full range and building as it burns down. The oiliness of the wrapper seems to keep the burn slow but staying even through this portion. The ash is solid and holds strong for around an inch before I knock it off voluntarily.
The Cromagnon Cranium takes on a meatier tone into the 2nd third, still sweet with a thick, palate coating smoke. The chocolate and coffee flavors are still very abundant while the citrus has all but disappeared and replaced by a smoked meat like flavor. It reminds me of grilling steaks on the barbecue to be honest, one of my favorite scents. The burn line remains sharp with the ash starting to flake just a bit more. The strength definitely sits at a solid full by this point with no signs of easing up towards the final third. The flavors really linger on your palate and you don’t need to puff more than once or twice a minute with the way they hang around.
Into the final third of the Cromagnon Cranium you start to get more of the leather and earth notes, especially through the nose. The finish is still sweet, creating an interesting and complex blend of flavors. With all of the different flavors that you get throughout the Cromagnon, it is easy to call this a roller coaster ride of flavors, a great thing in my book. There are some standout flavors from start to finish but the changes are easy to spot throughout, creating a fun and delicious smoke from the beginning. If the rest of the line presents itself with this much flavor and complexity, it is easy to call RoMa Craft Tobac winners with their initial releases.
Cigar King Staff Quotes:
Josh: “Creating a good cigar is not an easy task, but these guys delivered in spades.”
Joe: “The Cromagnum Cranium had a ton of flavor backed by some good power, great combo.”
Kole: “Dark and mysterious, a new company that not many know of…yet.”