Team Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Craft 2020

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Cigar Details: RoMa Craft Craft 2020

  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • Length: 5.75″
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Various
  • Binder: Undisclosed
  • Filler: Undisclosed
  • Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño
  • Blender: Skip Martin and Esteban Disla
  • Price: $12.50
  • Release Date: June 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates via Michael’s Tobacco

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The obvious uniqueness about the RoMa Craft Craft 2020 is the different colored wrappers used. My example had a dark tan wrapper with some raised veins and raised veins underneath for the majority of the length of the cigar and then a marbled dark brown wrapper, also with raised veins for a shorter length. There is a very dark brown 1/8 inch strip of tobacco used to cover the junction between the two wrappers. The seams are smooth and really only visible due to color variation and the head appears to be finished off with a well applied triple cap. Interestingly, the aroma from both wrapper shades is just a light wood note. The foot brings a shortbread cookie aroma. The pre-light draw consists of aged cedar and a light vegetal note.

Pre-light Experience

With about the first third of the RoMa Craft Craft 2020 being a solid maduro wrapper, solid medium veins and coarse in texture, the final two thirds sport a Colorado Natural like wrapper that is silky in texture with medium sized veins. The foot of the cigar gives off an aroma of rich earth, tobacco and spices, while the wrapper is giving off leather and spice notes.

Pre-light Experience

The first thing you notice about the RoMa Craft Craft 2020 is that roughly the last third of the cigar is a different color and type of wrapper. The bottom half is a light chocolate brown, and the upper half is a dark chocolate brown. Both wrappers are smooth, and the cigar features no band. Aromas from the wrapper were barnyard, aged wood and sweetness. I was not able to pick up distinct aromas from the two wrappers. From the foot, there was fresh hay and wood.

Pre-light Experience

The RoMa Craft Craft 2020 has a dichotomy of wrapper shades. The first ~2 inches is Colorado Claro, and the remaining, Colorado Maduro. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a neatly wrapped multi-wrap. Wrapper aromas give a nice red pepper spice pop and barnyard. Nosing the foot gives richness in cedar and red pepper. Cold draw tells namely dried tea.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, mustiness and faint black pepper. At a half inch in, a light vegetal note joins the profile as the wood and mustiness are paired up front and the black pepper and vegetal note are in the background. The retrohale is an even combination of wood, dry earth, mustiness and black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the profile maintains the wood and mustiness up front and the light vegetal and black pepper notes. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third begins with some nice sweet baking spices and it is paired with some earth and cocoa. There is some red pepper on the finish and with that is some wood and leather. I would classify the cigar as being medium in strength, and the same goes for body.

First Third

The first third opens with a complex retrohale of baking spices, graham cracker and cedar, with baking spices and cedar lingering on the post draw. Powdered cocoa joins the retrohale almost immediately. The cocoa on the retrohale moves up to medium strength by the halfway point of the first third. Minor tannins join the post draw cedar as the cigar moves into the second third.

First Third

Smoking through the Colorado Claro wrapper shade gives a surprising amount of red pepper spice. It’s by no means overbearing, but just a bit more than most out there. In addition, a lot of earthiness in baking spices and leather. A roasted nuttiness helps, as it breaks up the earthiness and spice levels. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, some dry earth joins in as the vegetal note departs. As the cigar transitions between wrappers, the profile is now toasted wood, mustiness and light black pepper. The retrohale is toasted wood and mustiness. At an inch and a half in, some dry earth rejoins the profile and the profile is a bit drying overall. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

The second third delivers a profile that is creamy with sweet spice qualities. I am picking up some earth notes and with that is some damp tobacco. There are touches of stone fruit present on the finish, and I would classify the cigar as being medium in strength and body.

Second Third

Sweetness with baking spices up to medium strength to open the second third. Cocoa joins the retrohale again, as the second third settles in. The post draw takes on a cocoa and cedar profile, with some graham cracker and baking spices. After some time, tannins join the post draw cedar, and then later toasted earth.

Second Third

The second third shows sharpness. Sharpness in a charred and bitter wood. Unfortunately, this sharpness throws off the balance of what was presented in the first third. Other than that, strength moves to medium-full and body medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toasted note transitions to char. The retrohale is now toasted wood and mustiness. At an inch in, a vegetal note returns to the profile. As the cigar comes to a close, the profile is lightly charred wood, dry earth, mustiness and light vegetal note. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

The final third shows a lot of the same qualities from the second third and I am getting a flavor profile that is creamy with some earth, tobacco and sweet spice notes. There is a little bit of stone fruit qualities and like before, it is medium in strength and body.

Final Third

The last third kicks off with graham cracker, sweetness and some slightly tannic cedar that finishes and lingers between draws. Approaching the middle of the last third, a post draw toasted earth joins, and pushes into the middle of the profile as the cigar progresses.

Final Third

The bitterness and char build up is regrettably still there. As a result, still throwing off the balance . The strength is still ramping, almost reaching to full throttle. Body however is still medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy throughout and required a touch-up in the first third when a quarter of the wrapper didn’t want to burn. The cigar also went out once in the second third, requiring a re-light. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

Burn was very good throughout. Nice even burn line with a solid light charcoal colored ash produced.

Burn

The burn was very straight, with the ash holding on up to 1-1/2 inches. The cigar did go out at the halfway point, requiring a re-light.

Burn

The cigar had some issues with tunneling such that the wrapper did not burn in conjunction with the other leaves, which led to multiple touch-ups. Other than that, no issues.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with wood, mustiness and faint black pepper. A vegetal note joined in fairly quickly. The second third saw some dry earth join and then once the wrapper transition occurred, the profile became toasted wood, mustiness and light black pepper. Some dry earth rejoined a bit later. The final third saw the toast transition to char and a vegetal note also returned. The burn was a bit of an issue with a touch-up and re-light required. Strength was medium most of the way. The RoMa Craft Craft 2020 started off well, but after the wrapper transition the profile lost some steam and became a bit drying and maintained that level of enjoyment the rest of the way. I’ll be interested in seeing how everyone else’s experience was as they each have different wrapper combinations. I might be up for trying a different wrapper combination to see what the different iterations smoke like, but it’s not high on my to do list.

Draw

Draw was absolutely perfect from start to finish.

Overall

Looking back on the RoMa Craft Craft 2020, I think it is a great cigar if you want to collect fun cigars or even boxes of special releases, but as to the blend, I was not impressed. I mean, I saw some changes with the wrapper change on the cigar, but other than that the flavor profile was identical throughout and lacking a good bit of complexity. With that being said, the construction was top notch and was great in appearance. If you are looking for a complex cigar with a blend that shows depth and transitioning, this is not going to deliver. Now, if you want to purchase a cigar to collect, then this is right up your alley.

Draw

The draw had some slight resistance to it, roughly 1 to 1-1/2 notches. A strong argument could be made that on a 46 ring gauge you likely want the draw slightly resistant to slow down the burn.

Overall

The RoMa Craft Craft 2020 was the first in the Craft series I’ve had the opportunity to smoke, but based on the experience it will not be the last. The flavors were complex, balanced and kept my attention constantly through the entire smoking experience. Quality releases such as these are why RoMa Craft has such a strong following. Smoking time was a whopping 2 hours and 12 minutes.

Draw

Draw was perfect, striking the ideal air flow.

Overall

Given the uniqueness of each RoMa Craft Craft 2020 wrapper leaf variation and placement, I’m sure my experience will probably not be the same as most. My overall impression was average. It’s quite strong by the time I got through with the cigar. In regards to flavors, the bitterness and char introduced within the second third threw off the powerhouse of earthiness, spice and subtle sweetness. This is probably not something I’d come back to. When it comes to RoMa Craft, I’ll continuously stick to the Neanderthals.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.21

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.21

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.83

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$2.12

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