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RoMa Craft Tobac Neanderthal GD

 

 

 

 

 

The RoMa Craft Neanderthal line uses a Mexican San Andres wrapper, Connecticut broadleaf binder with four types of Nicaraguan fillers. 

The Neanderthal GD “Genetic Deformity” features a Connecticut Broadleaf and Ecuadorian Habano Ligero wrappers the same as the CroMagnon and Aquitaine lines. The remainder of the Neanderthal GD blend is based on the regular production Neanderthal line. 

 

 Photo: Skip Martin FB Page

 

First offered in the El Catador sampler that featured petite robusto cigars representing each of RoMa Craft Tobac’s regular production brands.

The sampler was released for Stogies World Class Cigars and made it’s debut at the Big Damn Jamboree and Wing Ding event that took place on Oct 24th 2015. Included in the sampler was a special barber-pole cigar that was released for the first time called Neanderthal GD “Genetic Deformity”.

 

“This Neanderthal has two intertwined wrappers. Instead of the normal sweet and dark Mexican San Andreas, we use the two Liverpool priming capas from CroMagnon and Aquitaine, US Connecticut Broadleaf and Ecuador Habano” 

– Skip Martin (Chief Hava) Instagram

 

APPEARANCE

 

The contrast in color of the two wrappers is very subtle and barely visible with heavy seam, tooth, and vein. Glistening with oil the  Neanderthal GD looks like a science experiment that went wrong, its beautiful in an ugly kind of way. Ultra solid to the touch, it has a wide open foot with a flat dome like Frankenstein.

The single band on the NGD is the familiar warm matte brown colored strip atop a wider matte white base. The word “Neanderthal” in straight embossed font with the RoMa Craft logo in white. The Matte white label has jagged edge with images that look like cave drawings showing the evolution of man. All images are embossed in a glossy eggshell color.

At first look the bands are quite plain but with closer inspection you can appreciate the intricate details of the design and artwork. Pre light aroma had notes of barnyard cedar and caramel. The cold draw produced flavors of cornbread, black tea leaves and sawdust.

 

 

FIRST LIGHT

  • AN AROMA OF CHOCOLATE BROWNIES AND CEDAR OFF THE FOOT
  • Coffee/Black
  • Leather/Spice
  • Warm Cedar/Slight Char
  • Licorice/Black
  • Walnuts/Raw/Bitter
  • Earth
  • Black Pepper Corn/Full right to the back of the throat
  • White Pepper/FULL on the retro evolving into flavors of Coffee Grounds and Caramel

CRUISE CONTROL BURN

  • Espresso/Black
  • Chocolate/Dark/Bitter/Sweet
  • Leather involved Spice hitting the back of the throat and stomach
  • Rich Molasses/Thick
  • Roasted Nuts
  • Black Pepper/Full
  • White Pepper/Full on the retro evolving into flavors of Coffee/Caramel

FINAL THIRD

  • SWEET FLAVORS ARE COMING THROUGH
  • Chocolate/Dark
  • Coffee/Black
  • Toffee/Caramel/Char
  • Black Pepper/Med
  • White Pepper/Med on the retro evolving into flavors of Coffee Grounds/Caramel

CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

  • CONSTRUCTION: Solid/Plus
  • BURN: Razor Sharp
  • ASH: Solid/Tight would have lasted the entire duration. I could have re-lit and smoked the ash
  • CUT: Straight
  • DRAW: Perfect Resistance producing thick creamy white smoke
  • RE LIGHTS: Zero
  • STRENGTH: Upper/Full

SUGGESTED PAIRINGS

CONCLUSION

 

First offered in El Catador de los petite Robusto sampler boxes containing two Neanderthal GD’s from SWC, they would be later released in smaller numbers of boxes containing 15 vitolas from Serious Cigars. I remember spending countless hours refreshing the computer screen waiting for there arrival.

Anyone who enjoys products from RoMa Craft will love the Neanderthal GD, the flavors were on point, balanced and strong with a more refined Neanderthal taste, the construction and ash was solid plus. I would classify these to be as rare as Bigfoot,  meaning they are still quite rare but if you look hard enough you can still acquire some at after market prices.

Skip Martin threw down a teaser a few weeks ago eluding to a possible release of the “Black Irish” that I would classify that as the holy grail of all Unicorns! But only time will tell, I’m always up for the challenge and live for the hunt.

 


CIGARS FOR REVIEW: PURCHASED 2 BOXES El Catador de los petite Robusto, 2 BOXES Neanderthal GD 34 cigars total

CIGARS SMOKED FOR REVIEW: 4

CIGAR SMOKE RATE: 92

SIZE: 4 1/4 x 52 (Petite Corona)

WRAPPERS: U.S Connecticut Broadleaf/Ecuadorian Habano Ligero

BINDER: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro

FILLER: Pennsylvania Double Ligero/Nicaraguan/Dominican

FACTORY: Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueño S.A. Nicaragua

NEWS SOURCE: CIGAR COOP 

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