Team Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Cromagnon EMH Don Bosco

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Cigar Details: RoMa Craft Cromagnon EMH Don Bosco

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 56
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf and Ecuadorian Connecticut Candela
  • Binder: Cameroon
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño
  • Blender: Skip Martin and Esteban Disla
  • Price: $10.00
  • Release Date: May 2019
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The RoMa Craft Cromagnon EMH Don Bosco has a barber pole wrapper combination with the candela showing the most and the broadleaf as the underlying component. Both wrappers have some slightly raised veins and the seams are obviously visible. The head is well finished with both wrapper types. The band is the standard design for the line with a white base strip covered by a thinner black strip. The aroma from the wrapper is primarily grassy hay but also shows some woodiness. The foot brings more wood along with a mellow stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw consists of a young/green wood note along with a mild baking spice that shows a slight spiciness on my lips as well.

Pre-light Experience

The RoMa Craft Cromagnon EMH Don Bosco is a 5 x 56 unique multiple wrapper format. The Connecticut Broadleaf mixed with the Candela wrapper is very attractive. The cigar is pretty weighty with a firm bunch and roll, well pressed veins and tight seams.The head is finished off with a unique broadleaf and candela wrap and cap. Aromas from the wrapper gives fresh cut lawn grass and hay. Aromas from the foot gives cedar, white pepper spice and hay. Cold draw tells black tea, hay and cedar shavings.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of oak, grassiness and mild black pepper. At a quarter inch in, the black pepper really spreads out and mingles with all of the flavors along with having a very long finish. At three quarters of an inch in, the profile reverted to how the cigar started. The retrohale is toasted oak with a very faint grassiness. As the third comes to a close, the grassiness takes the lead and carries a slight bitterness as the oak is behind it and the black pepper is very faint. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third’s initial flavor notes gives roasted coffee beans, hay and toast. Smoking through roughly an inch, a light baking spices forms. Retrohaling gives deeper coffee beans and baking spices. The finish is namely a short generic cedar. Strength is medium and body is medium but almost medium-full.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the grassiness remains up front but has dropped the bitterness. The black pepper has also dropped from the profile while the oak remains a supporting note. At a half inch in, some char joins the oak and it moves up in front of the grassiness. Some black pepper has also returned to the profile. At three quarters of an inch, the char transitions to a toasted note. The retrohale maintains the toasted oak note and has gained some mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak is still up front and some mustiness has joined the profile while the black pepper is in the background. The strength in this third has bumped up to medium.

Second Third

The second third turns it down a notch in flavor range by having namely cedar and light baking spices. Furthermore, the strength increase was almost like a light switch, moving from medium to medium-full (body still medium). The finish also becomes a bit dirty/gritty with earthiness.

Final Third

As the final third begins, some char returns, but is paired with the toasted oak and mustiness. The retrohale maintains the toasted oak and mustiness. At three quarters of an inch in, the cigar begins to warm up and the toasted oak morphs into a bright pine note. The cigar maintains this profile through to the end. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

No changes from the second third to the final third. Medium-full strength, medium bodied, with flavors of cedar and light baking spices.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy and required a couple of touch-ups to keep things in line. The ash held on until the halfway point and again until I set the cigar down.

Burn

Perfect burn performance. Cool burning temperature, even burn, tight ashes and solid 1.5 inch ash retention.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar started out with oak, grassiness and black pepper. The grassiness took over for a bit until the oak settled in as the primary note as the black pepper went away and some mustiness joined in. Overall, I felt the RoMa Craft Cromagnon EMH Don Bosco was pretty average throughout. The transitions at the beginning of the cigar were interesting, but then it settled into a fairly linear profile. As a limited cigar, I don’t think the cigar brought anything special, but it was an interesting take on a reversal of wrappers and people should try it to get a feel for it. Probably not something I’m eager to revisit.

Aaron
Jiunn
Very GoodPre
Light
Very Good
AverageFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdAverage
AverageFinal
Third
Average
GoodBurnAmazing
AmazingDrawAmazing
AverageOverallAverage

Draw

The draw was also perfect, giving the ideal air flow.

Overall

Overall, I mainly enjoyed the first third of the RoMa Craft Cromagnon EMH Don Bosco. With a flavor profile centered around coffee beans, hay, toast and baking spices, there was nothing to dislike. But past that point, the flavors fell flat, providing mainly cedar and light baking spices. Also, the strength came out of no where, being all of a sudden medium-full. I wish the increase in strength would have the flavor profile keep up as well. A decent offering, but not a top notch offering.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$1.80

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.64

Scoring System

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