Short Perfecto, 5" x 50 ring gauge / MSRP $6.50
The newly formed partnership between Michael Rosales and Skip Martin, RoMa Craft Tobac (@RoMaCraft), has just released their first cigar. It is called the Intemperance. The name evokes a desire to fight against the modern day temperance movement against tobacco. This cigar comes in two wrappers with each having four sizes. The one I will be reviewing today is the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapped cigar, and I will cover the Brazilian Arapiraca one next week. Other than where the wrapper comes from they are being very quiet about the other tobacco's included in these cigars. I would guess there is some Nicaraguan tobacco in there but I don't know what else. I smoked one of each other size before I smoked this cigar for review.
The wrapper on this sample was a deep golden tan. There was a lot of oils to the wrapper, so much so that my fingers were liberally coated almost as soon as I took it out of the cellophane. It is definitely not something I used to seeing in a Connecticut wrapped cigar. There were some medium and fine veins and a couple small gathers as well. The piece of tobacco wrapped around the foot was slightly darker in color. One slightly different departure from most cigars on the market is that all of these cigars have about an eighth of an inch of the binder and filler peeking out from the end of the wrapper. When I gave this cigar a squeeze I didn't detect any soft spots with a slight amount of give. Putting my nose to the wrapper I got hay and barnyard with a nuttiness coming from the foot. When I clipped the cigar and took a cold draw I got notes of hay and nuts with a good draw.
The cigar started off with notes of hay and earth. After taking a couple puffs I started to get a good amount of red pepper spice especially on the retrohale. A nice butteriness, almost like I could actually taste butter, came through after a little ways into the cigar. This is something that I can't remember getting as intensely out of a cigar before. The draw was good, although not as free as the other samples I tried. I would guess that this has to do with the shape of the cigar, not any construction issue. The ash was slightly flaky and needed to be tapped off frequently. I did get a slight grassiness, normal to a CT cigar, towards the end of the first third. The cigar was firmly in the medium bodied range.
As I moved into the second third the spice toned itself down a bit but was still present. The flavors I could get were of cinnamon, earth, leather and wood, with that butteriness still present. The draw and burn continued to be good.
The final third of the cigar was very similar to the second third. This wasn't a bad thing because I was enjoying this cigar. I did get some notes of cola and cream from time to time. The cigar finished off medium bodied.
Overall I would consider this an excellent cigar. This isn't something that I normally say about a CT wrapped cigar. Another departure for me is that I felt satisfied when I finished this cigar. I didn't feel the immediate need to light something up with some more oomph like I normally do with at CT wrapped cigar. I will say I did enjoy the Industry and Virtue sizes more than this one, but that was a personal preference. I also think that this might just be my new favorite CT cigar and will go great with a cup of coffee in the morning when I'm able to do that. I would suggest that you give this cigar a try, especially since the price point is very reasonable and only those used to smoking only the mildest cigars would have an issue with it. All of the ordering information can be found here: http://www.havacigarshop.com/.
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