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Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Tobac Craft 18

RoMa Craft Tobac Craft 18

 

 

 

“WE ARE ALL APPRENTICES IN A CRAFT WHERE NO ONE EVER BECOMES A MASTER” 

– Ernest Hemingway

 

 

CRAFT 18 is the third release of the series, and the first that’s being made available to RoMa Craft retailers since 2013.

The original blend contained a U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper and Ecuadorian Habano Ligero Binder and was called La Campaña de Panamá Soberana.

As with the previous releases, the CRAFT 2018 comes in one size, a 5 x 60 figurado, the same shape used on the CRAFT 2013 and Witchcraft releases. 

The name La Campana de Panama Soberana comes from the church bells in the neighborhood of Panama Soberana in Esteli Nicaragua, where RoMa Craft Tobac co-owner Skip Martin resides a good portion of the year over seeing production at the Nica Sueno factory. 

 

 

Packaging with metal sleeve created by Wicked Anvil for the Craft 18 

 

 

 

A RoMa Craft project called Witchcraft was created in 2014 for the Cali Mega Herf.

 

 

 

Via the RoMa Craft social media pages Skip Martin said “No, your eyes are not deceiving you.

We had 80 extra CRAFT 2013 boxes so I decided to make 800 of an inside out version of the La Campaña de Panamá Soberana with a

US Connecticut Broadleaf Ligero Maduro wrapper and an Ecuador Habano Ligero binder.

This seems like it is exactly the little something special I needed to bring to the Cali Mega Herf in September.”

 

 

 

The limited edition Witchcraft contained 4 strips of candela tobacco surrounding the trumpet shaped foot.

 

 

RoMa Craft Tobac Craft Releases:

  • La Campaña de Panamá Soberana: 2013
  • Witchcraft: Cali Mega Herf 2014
  • Craft 18: 2018

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The RC Craft 18 has a clear plastic sleeve protecting the thick Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro wrapper.

With the texture of shark skin or extra fine sandpaper it’s loaded with tooth, vein and visible seam.

Measuring 5 x 60 and rolled in the original La Campaña de Panamá Soberana format first seen in 2013 and Witchcraft the following year (2014).

Like the Witchcraft, the Craft 18 utilizes candela this time underneath the Pennsylvania broadleaf visually seen on the covered foot and an exposed portion near the cap.

The Craft 18 is one of the last RoMa Craft cigars to remain sans band.

Pre-light aroma had heavy grassy notes off the foot, barnyard and cedar.

The cold draw had minimal resistance due to the covered foot, and produced flavors of leather, raw dark chocolate, earth and coffee. 

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

Minimal resistance off the candela covered foot producing immediate flavors creamy grass and notes of vermouth, dare I say Dirty Martini?

After 4 to 5 minutes of classic dark candela flavors, the vitola transitions into the visible broadleaf maduro wrapper.

Flavors of mild and slightly bitter dark chocolate, leather, roasted coffee, subtle raisin sweetness and black licorice.

A background influence of creamy grass and hay is balancing in with the aforementioned flavors of coffee and chocolate creating a thick creamy mouthfeel that blankets the palate.

The spicy element is in the form of MED-PLUS black pepper producing a long finish in between draws.

MED white pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of raisins.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

Heading into the second half core flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and black licorice are up front and on point.

Background flavors of creamy grass, leather, coffee grounds and a subtle sweetness of dried fruit.

Black pepper has remained consistent at a level of MED-PLUS actively and in between draws.

MED white pepper on the retro evolving into a long finish of dried fruit and raisins.

 

 

 

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

In the final third the Craft 18 has been both balanced and consistent on strength and flavor.

Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and black licorice have been up front and on point.

The background profile has been consistent since cruise control with flavors of creamy grass, leather, coffee grounds and dried fruit.

Black pepper has remained consistent and balanced at a level of MEDIUM-PLUS to FULL throughout from first light to final third.

The retro has increased slightly producing a white pepper sting with an extra long finish of dried fruit and raisins.   

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Solid!! I’ve smoked a dozen-plus and each individual cigar had perfect construction. Zero cracks or soft spots. The Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro wrapper was extremely toothy giving the trumpet shaped vitola a raw and rustic look.

 

• BURN: With the exception of a few outdoor touch-ups the CRAFT 18 produced a straight burn line, a compliment to the effort and care placed on quality control.

 

• ASH: The covered foot of candela flaked a bit after combustion, however the salt and pepper colored ash was thick and circular holding an inch-plus.

 

• CUT: Circular punched all.

 

• DRAW: Minimal resistance off the covered foot of candela opening up after 4-5 draws.

 

• RE LIGHTS: Zero re-lights required with continuous combustion of all three components.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch.

 

• STRENGTH: MEDIUM-PLUS to FULL bodied wheelhouse.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

RoMa Craft Tobac is well known for products tipping the scale on the FULL side of the spectrum. CRAFT 18 is no exception.

Since its release I have smoked a dozen plus and each cigar performed exactly as the last, MEDIUM-PLUS to FULL with a consistent balance of strength and flavor.

With the exception of the last three for review all examples have been paired with everything from morning coffee to evening stout.

This year RoMa Craft offerings were some of the best product yet from the Nicaraguan/Austin based cigar company.

With recent confirmation via social media of some exclusive releases in the future such as the CRAFT 19 Lonsdale celebrating the 10th anniversary of Riverside Cigar Shop & Lounge, and a CroMagnon EMH Don Bosco for Old Virginia Tobacco Co. Sterling concretes 2019 as the year of the Weasel!

 

 

 

 


Cigar Reviewed: RoMa Craft Tobac Craft 18

Cigars for review: Purchased (2 Boxes, 5 singles)

Cigars smoked for review: More than a dozen

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 5 x 60 

Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro, Ecuadorian Connecticut Dark Candela

Binder: Ecuadorian Habano Ligero

Filler: Pennsylvania Broadleaf Double Ligero GRS-1, Nicaraguan, Dominican Criollo

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Production: 2,000 boxes, 20,000 cigars

Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueno 

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

News Source: Skip Martin, Cigar Coop

 

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