RoMaCraft Tobac is a fairly new company to the cigar manufacturer block, though their star has been rising from the very beginning. Started by Michael Rosales and Skip Martin, RoMaCraft produces small batch blends in Nicaragua, formerly being done in a home, though they are now finishing up their new full size factory in Esteli. They began with the Cromagnon and Aquitaine lines, full bodied, full flavor smokes and then moved to the Intemperance lines which was more medium bodied. Today we are going to review one of the original lines, the Cromagnon Aquitaine, in one of its 4 sizes, the Anthropology. The Anthropology is a 5 3/4 x 46 corona gorda size, something I find myself smoking more and more. The smaller ring gauge really provides a nice balance between the filler and wrapper tobacco flavors in my opinion and I expect this blend to be similar in that regard.
Size: Anthropology 5 3/4 x 46
Wrapper: Ecuadoran Habano Ligero
Price: $8.00/stick or $171.95/box of 24
Appearance: The Cromagnon Aquitaine is dark and toothy from cap to foot, with a chocolate brown coloring to it. There are some veins that run the length of the cigar creating a rough look to the stick. Currently there is no band on the cigars, a decision Skip and Michael made because they didn’t want bias coming from a band. “You don’t smoke the band, so why is it so important?” was their mantra coming into the project. However, due to retailer and consumer pressure, they have decided to creates bands for the line, very subtle, which will help to differentiate between the blends. It was an interesting concept and one that I agree with, band bias is a huge part of this business, but it just didn’t seem to work out.
Pre-Light Aroma: The foot of the Cromagnon Aquitaine carries a subtle sweetness with a dose of spice when put to the nose. The sweetness comes across as a sweet woodsy note, like cedar or mahogany with the spice coming through after the initial sweetness. The wrapper is more earthy in scent with some light leather aromas coming through as well. Once clipped, the cigar reveals a draw with some resistance to it which is how I prefer it, and some nice flavors on the pre-light draw. Citrus notes such as orange and tangerine over the top of a nice earthy flavor are apparent right away, with a spice left on the lips that leaves a slight tingle. It is an interesting combo of flavors that I hope comes through once lit as well.
The initial flavors of the Cromagnon Aquitaine are big and come across quickly to the palate. It is a sweet cedar flavor on the tongue with the spice coming through the nose, though only so slightly. Midway through the first third a sweet cocoa flavor enters the profile that creates a delicious flavor balance on the palate. The strength starts medium-full for the first few puffs but quickly escalates to the full bodied mark before the finish of the first third. The first third is quite intense both in terms of flavor and strength and caught me a little off guard, though in a very good way and I don’t expect the rest of the cigar to be any different.
The middle of the Cromagnon Aquitaine opens up with the earthy core really coming forward and the spice picking up through the nose. The earthiness is really strong in the middle with the cocoa and cedar becoming secondary and only appearing periodically. The spice moves from a sweeter baking spice to a more peppery spice in the nose, a nice combination with the earth and quite the change from the first third. Strength wise the cigar still sits solidly in the full bodied category and it doesn’t seem like it will back off anytime soon. The burn on the cigar has been spot on through this third with the ash holding for around 3/4 of an inch each time. The draw actually opened up more, giving even more smoke on each puff though there was plenty to begin with.
The final third of the Aquitaine brings the cocoa back to the front of the profile and pairs nicely with the still apparent earthiness. The cigar also finishes as strong as it has been since early on, something to keep in mind and most likely best suited for after a meal. The final third is a wonderful crescendo of flavors creating a distinct and well balanced finish for such a bold cigar. Though they haven’t been around long, RoMaCraft has done an excellent job in creating cigars that fit a niche in the bold cigar market while retaining a great flavor balance for how strong they can be. The Aquitaine is a striking blend both in flavor and strength, one that you will remember for it’s unique complexity and overall profile from start to finish.