The draw was simply amazing on the cigar. It had the perfect level of resistance from start to finish.
Baka is a big release this year and it developed a lot of chatter when it was announced. For me, the question was what would RoMa Craft do with Cameroon? Could they produce what I believe to be a solid and classic Cameroon wrapper offering? In my opinion, it has been a long time since someone released a Cameroon wrapper offering that was awesome and delivered that flavor I loved. With that, RoMa Craft is not the company I think of when I think of classic Cameroon wrapper offerings. Since my initial feelings and thoughts, I have smoked almost the entire vitola offering in the line at and following IPCPR 2019, thank you to Skip Martin and also the cigars that were released to the market in November. Both experiences have been very different. I found the wrappers that were on the samples provided to me by Skip were darker and it went hand in hand with what Skip told me about the wrapper he acquired. The samples I smoked that were released to stores had a lighter and more traditional Cameroon appearance. I also believe the samples he provided at the show had more age on them. Because of this, I believe the initial samples I smoked to be superior to what hit shelves. I would have given a higher rating to the cigars I smoked at and following the show than these RoMa Craft Baka Bantu that were purchased. I believe they deliver a superior flavor profile and while it still had that traditional Cameroon quality, it was darker and heavier at the same time. It is definitely a line that smokes better in certain offerings, and I find it smokes the best in the Pygmy and Hunter Gatherer offerings. Even the Ota Benga smokes great. These cigars need some aging time and with that, they will be great. I will love to see how these smoke in six months. In some ways, RoMa Craft channeled Habanos S.A. The cigars need a little bit of time to age and if you can choose between a lighter or darker shade wrapper, go with the darker shade.