Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cigar Review RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance BA XXI Envy

Short Perfecto, 5" x 50 ring gauge / MSRP $6.50

Today I will be reviewing the other half of the Intemperance line. If you want to read the first one go here. This is the same sized cigar as the Faith but with an Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. Again I smoked one of each of the other sizes before smoking this cigar for review.

The wrapper on this cigar is a nice medium dark brown in color with a lot of oils to it. The wrapper also has some darker mottling to it as well as some medium veins. That may sound a lot like the wrapper on their other line, the CroMagnon, however both the color and texture are slightly different and it is pretty easy to tell them apart side by side. One other thing to note, that while the wrapper may look like it, it is in fact not a maduro leaf. As with the rest of the Intemperance line the binder and filler is sticking out of the bottom of the cigar. When I gave this cigar a squeeze I got a slight amount of give without any soft spots. Putting my nose to the wrapper I get notes of cedar and barnyard, with leather and hay from the foot. After I clipped it and took a cold draw on it I tasted a molasses type sweetness along with some cocoa powder.

Lighting up the cigar I noted the flavors of leather and cedar with a sweet finish. After taking a few puffs and getting the wrapper burning the spice comes on pretty strong. Taking a few more puffs I get the flavors of cola, cinnamon, chocolate and earth coming through. I would put this cigar in the medium-full range right off the bat. The draw was great and it produced a large volume of smoke. The burn was slightly off, but nothing that needed correcting.

Moving on into the second third the spice started to be less intense with as slight amount of creaminess coming through on the finish. The flavors changed slightly to leather, earth, and cola with a slight amount of molasses sweetness thrown in. The cigar stayed pretty firmly in the medium full range throughout this third even if the spice did tone down. The draw continued to be perfect and the burn almost evened itself out.

The final third saw the the sweetness drop off completely with the spice ramping back up. As far as the flavors of the final third I got some herbal spice notes, with the main flavors being earth, leather and wood. I did get a slight nicotine hit from it, but nothing too strong.

Overall this was an excellent cigar. It had plenty of flavor with just enough change to keep me interested and enough strength to make it enjoyable. I do think that most smokers out there could pick this up and enjoy it as there wasn't too much nicotine hit. With the very approachable price point it shouldn't be out of most smokers reach as well. Hit up Hava Cigar Shop if you're interested in purchasing some. However if you like to win some of these see the end of this post!

Body: 8/10
Strength: 8/10
Complexity: 7/10

AFP Scale
Prelight: 2/2
Construction: 2/2
Flavor: 4.5/5
Value: 1/1
Total: 9.5/10

CONTEST!

RoMa Craft Tobac has again generously offered to send a 5 pack of this cigar to one of our readers. How do you enter? Just leave a comment on the blog between now and 11:59pm (EST) on 4/17. Good luck!

30 comments:

  1. The RoMa Craft boys have done it again. Bravo!

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  2. Every place I look these guys are giving away their Sticks. I love when a company stand behind their product. I haven't had a chance to try these yet but Their Reputation Precedes them. I have heard all great things. Hopefully I'll get my hand on some of these soon!!

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  3. Great addition to the romacraft line up, not overpowering nic hit like the cromags and the flavors should appeal to a wider base.

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  4. Can't wait to try one.

    etupis1@yahoo.com

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  5. Had the short robusto and loved it. Great with a coke.

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  6. The wrapper definitely looks like a maduro. Thats fairly common of Brazilian wrappers though isn't it? Not much flash to the construction looks like a solid cigar.

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  7. Sticks of MN: Looks like a fantastic stick. Perfect size for when you don't have a lot of time to set and enjoy a cigar. I will have to look for some of these.

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  8. I'm definitely planning to get my hands on some of these soon. Love the Arapiraca wrappers.

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  9. I've never had one. They sound great...would love to give em a try!!

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  10. Thanks for taking the time to review Keith. I'm glad you are enjoying these as much as you enjoyed the CroMagnon.

    In regard to why we are giving these away....this is pretty much our marketing budget. We could invest in ads, cheap hats and shirts or stickers but we put our money in the tobacco and into the people who roll the cigars in our factory.

    Our hope is that you will enjoy them as much as we think you will, buy more and tell your friends and local tobacconist about them.

    Good luck!

    Skip

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    1. Skip,

      Honestly, I think the way you've been going about marketing your brand is the appropriate way. As I mentioned in the other post, I'm not "wow"'d by fancy ads and Made in China clothing. You put your money where your mouth is and allow your product (and your Booker's fueled ramblings on Twitter) to market itself. Keep up the good work, man.

      P.S. Listened to the Jonathan Drew Stogie 411. That's some shit right there. Keep it up.

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  11. Flavour profile sounds really interesting...rare for me to see the term cola used to describe flavour...sounds yummy though!

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  12. Looking forward to trying these. My wife and I have really been enjoying the CroMagnon line. Thank you for the great review and giveaway!

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  13. I really enjoyed the CroMagnon, I have to think the ''Revie'' will be as good. Thanks for the contest.Swede214

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  14. Glad to hear both wrappers are worth the shipping, these have an interesting shape

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  15. thanks for the contest. another cigar I can't find locally, hopefully i'll win

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  16. thanks for the contest!! hopefully my b and m will have FOOZER69

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  17. Yet another I've yet to try! Great review, Keith.

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  18. Hey Keith, another Keith here!

    Those RoMa BAs sound yummy. Good look, quirky name and edgy manufacturer. What's not to like?

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  19. Great review. I smoked one of these last night and found the experience and tasting notes very similar. Good job on another great smoke, Skip!

    @nwbonick

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  20. I'm smoking the last of these most wonderful sticks. I had no will power to age them.

    Damn you Skip!

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  21. Thanks for the review. Can't wait to try these. I enjoyed the Cromagnon. pmobley56

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  22. Great review. So far I have smoked one Temperance Brazilian Arapiraca, 3 more resting in the humi, and it was a fantastic experience. Picked up on a lot of the same flavors. I plan on smoking through the rest and then ordering up some more. RoMa Craft has another winner on their hands.

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  23. Great review. So far I have smoked one Temperance Brazilian Arapiraca, 3 more resting in the humi, and it was a fantastic experience. Picked up on a lot of the same flavors. I plan on smoking through the rest and then ordering up some more. RoMa Craft has another winner on their hands.

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  24. Thanks for the review. Loved the CroMagnon. Looking forward to trying the Intemperance BA.

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  25. I have yet to try any of the RoMa Craft sticks due only to limited availability but given the consistently good reviews they get across the board I certainly will be trying everything in the very near future.

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  26. I'm about to buy some right now!

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