JC Newman

January 18, 2015

Roma Craft CroMagnon Aquitaine Cranium (6 x 54)

Video review HERE.

The Aquitaine contains the same long-filler, full-bodied blend found in the US Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapped CroMagnon, including its unique Cameroon binder. However, the Aquitaine features a beautiful Ecuador Habano Ligero wrapper selected from the best tobacco we could find. This eighth and ninth priming ligero leaf is thick, oily and has amazing texture.

The filler leaf for this blend was acquired from three separate growing regions in Nicaragua: Esteli, Condega and a small farm north of Esteli on the Honduran border, Pueblo Nuevo. 

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Ligero
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Nicaragua

Available sizes:
The Knuckle Dragger, a 4 x 52 Petit Robusto - ($6.25)
The Mandible, a 4 ½ x 60 Petite Gordo - ($7.25)
The Mode 5, a 5 x 50 Short Perfecto - ($7.00)
The EMH, a 5 x 56 Robusto Extra - ($7.75)
The Anthropology, a 5 ¾ x 46 Grand Corona - ($7.25)
The Cranium, a 6 x 54 Gran Toro - ($8.25) REVIEWED TODAY

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The Atlatl, a 7 x 38 Lancero - ($9.50)

The cigar is well made and has a nice, dense feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless. The initial flavors were boysenberry and dry wood. There was a large amount of black pepper which I rated at an 8. Very nice black pepper especially when retro haled.

About 1 inch in the sweet boysenberry flavors continue. There are also sweet cedar and white chocolate. The pepper remains very good. The white chocolate carries over to the finish where there is a nice amount of black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.

2 1/2 inches in the sweet notes continue. The boysenberry notes have toned down but the sweet cedar and white chocolate notes are very prominent. The cigar is medium to full bodied now. The ligero is sneaky. You can feel the ligero effects now. The black pepper is still very good and try retro haling to get the best amount of pepper. The dry wood notes act as a base for the cigar. The finish is about the same. 

The flavors continued to the end just like the last segment. The boysenberry flavors fade but you still get them here and there. By and large you have a nice sweet cedar and white chocolate. The wood notes were the base. The black pepper remained very good. The finish remained about the same. The cigar is a low grade full bodied; not overpowering but definitely full bodied. I appreciate Justin Lacy sending 2 of these cigars to me to sample. This has been a very good cigar with a lot of flavors that I really like. Nice price point on these so look for them at your local shop. Excellent cigar. Also, the band is actually 2 bands, one over the other. You can see the skull embossed on the bottom band in the pic of the bands below.

To try Roma Craft CroMagnon Aquitaine cigars go HERE.

Score: 93

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