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Today I decided to revisit something I had smoked a few times before. The Cromagnon uses a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, which to me is almost always a safe bet. While it’s not my favorite wrapper due to its tendency to be a “one-note-wonder” in most cigars, I still like that note and am usually at least content with the results. That being said, every once in a while I’m able to find a cigar that makes me reconsider Frank’s opinion that Broadleaf makes the best wrapper; something that offers a little more complexity or variation from the norm. RoMa Craft has managed to do that.
This time I strayed from my comfort zone a little and rather than smoking the Anthropolgy (5 3/4 X 46) that I usually reach for, I grabbed the Knuckle Dragger(4 X 52) instead. Right from the start this little doosy offers up some serious cedar notes with a touch of dark bitter coffee. As it happens I prefer this to the semi-sweet nature of most broadleaf maduro’s. The draw on this particular one is a little bit on the tight side for my taste but not so much as to detract from the flavor or experience. Despite the draw concern, smoke production is on point as well. When I blew some through my nose, I got a bit of pepper but otherwise the flavor was the same, not much hidden with this one.
Further down, that coffee note really starts to develop and the cedar sort of steps back a bit. At this point the draw started to open up a little more and everything got a whole lot more enjoyable. The ash on this one was incredibly tight and I managed to hold it through out.
As I got closer to the end of this one, that cedar really came back with a vengeance, and almost took away from everything else I was tasting before.
What impressed me most about this stick was that even though it was small, it never got hot and it still managed to make some nice transitions from start to finish rather then some others out there where what you taste at the light is all you taste until it’s done.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is my favorite by RoMa Craft, but it certainly was enjoyable, I definitely would recommend it for someone that really enjoys those heavy earthy flavors.
I reached out to RoMa Craft Tobac owner, Skip Martin, to get his input on the cigar and processes. He was very polite and had this to say “At the end of the day it is your opinion that matters in your review.”
So remember, you may not agree with everything you read in a review, but that’s okay. Everyone’s tastes are a little different, and that is one of the things that makes this industry so amazing.