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Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Tobac Craft 19

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
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RoMa Craft Tobac Craft 19

 

 

 

2019 is shaping up to be an epic year for legions of Weasels with 3 exclusive releases.

Most recently CRAFT 19 launched at Riverside Cigar Shop and Lounge in celebration of the store’s 10th anniversary.

The project was limited to 350-12 count boxes, additionally 100-12 count boxes containing a CRAFT Turismo lighter and a RoMa Craft XO cutter from Xikar resides on the opposite side of the box.

Don’t put your wallet away just yet upcoming releases from RoMa Craft Tobac include 500 boxes of CroMagnon EMH “Don Bosco” sold exclusively by Old Virginia Tobacco Co.

A follow up to last years La Campaña de Panamá Soberana Craft 18 is the WitchCraft 19 for Tobaccology that’s scheduled for a mid-summer release and a project called “Baka” that was announced for IPCPR19 in Las Vegas NV.

The Baka people, known in the Congo as Bayaka, are an ethnic group inhabiting the southeastern rain forests of Cameroon.

No further information on the cigar is available other than it being the first offering from RoMa Craft Tobac to utilize a Cameroon wrapper. 

 

 

 

Packaging for the Craft 19 – 100 boxes contain a CRAFT Turismo lighter and a RoMa Craft XO cutter from Xikar.

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The core of the Craft 19 consists of a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over a Cameroon binder and Nicaraguan fillers used in the CroMagnon blend.

This paticular vitola is accentuated with a combination of lighter shade Ecuadorian Connecticut and Ecuadorian Connecticut candela around the foot with three strips of candella under a candella covered cap. 

The core Broadleaf wrapper is coffee bean in color showing seam with pretty heavy vein.

At 6 1/2 x 44 it’s rolled in the Lonsdale format with a circular foot and a decorated rounded cap.

each vitola is accented with a varietal of strips of the aforementioned tobacco that gives the Craft 19 it’s unique design.

I enjoy anything RoMa Craft candela I.E Fomorian or Black Irish so naturally I chose the particular vitola below for assessment, as reviewing all the uniquely different variations with wrapper transitions would be time consuming and as stated before whatever blend of RoMa Craft you gravitate towards there’s a little something for everyone inside the box of Craft 19.

Pre-light aroma has mild hay, chocolate and caramel.

This particular vitola has a fair amount of candela around the foot producing a mild grassy aroma.

The cold draw produced flavors grass, light vanilla bean and leather with a lingering black pepper spice.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

An aroma of charred wood off the toasted foot.

An immediate blast of white pepper at first light, not surprising, the smaller ring gauge Lonsdale format intensified the componients of the CRAFT 19.

The blend settles in with creamy grassy nuances along with earth and hay.

The background profile is producing sweet cedar with a mild char, leather and raw chocolate.

FULL white pepper on the retro-hale with a sting on the nostrils evolving into a distinct finish of caramel.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half the creamy grassy notes of candela are minimal as that portion of the wrapper has almost disappeared with a minor amount remaining as the lighter strips of Ecuadorian Connecticut combust adding a slight transition in the flavor profile.

The candela at the cap is also contributing to the aforementioned grassy flavor.

Coffee, sweet cedar, muted raw chocolate and earth dominate the flavor profile with a background influence of creamy leather.

The white pepper experienced at first light has transitioned to an elegant balance of MED-PLUS black pepper.

The retro-hale continues the assault on the nostrils with FULL white pepper with a long consistent finish of caramel.

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third coffee, cedar and raw chocolate are up front and on point.

A mild nuance of creamy grassy notes are present on the cap of the smaller ring gauged Lonsdale appearing as more of an affect on the aftertaste than a blend contributor.

The background is producing creamy leather with an appearance of sweet caramel and toffee char.

With an inch left the spicy element of black pepper appearing in the second half has remained consistent in the MED-FULL bodied range with a complex balance of all aforementioned flavors.

The retro-hale has remained consistent with FULL white pepper evolving into a long finish of caramel.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Solid construction on the Craft 19. Firmly packed with no palpable soft spots, cracks or blemishes. The decorative wrapper components held their integrity and burned in tandem with the core Broadleaf wrapper without cracks or separations.

 

• BURN: Consistent combustion of wrapper, binder and filler with a razor sharp burn line throughout. A thick circular carbon line was visible on the lighter portions of wrapper.

 

• ASH: The lighter colored ash was super solid producing a stack of dimes, holding an inch-plus.

 

• CUT: All examples (12) were v-cut.

 

• DRAW: The perfect amount of straw type resistance produced a copious amount of creamy white smoke.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero re-lights required.

 

• FIRE: Jetline triple torch lighter.

 

• STRENGTH: MED-PLUS to FULL bodied.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

10 variations in wrapper design are found on the CRAFT 19, each box contains 6 vitolas of the various accoutrement of either natural Ecuadorian Connecticut or Ecuadorian Connecticut candela around the footer.

I burned through an entire box compiling notes, but in the end my efforts focused primarily on the version that contained candela covering the foot of the cigar.

Plainly put their all GREAT!

As previously stated, there’s a little something for the legions of world wide Weasels in the nuances of wrapper transitions that produced the unique flavors experienced on all examples.

Beautifully blended and designed by Skip Martin and Esteban Disla out of Nica Sueno in Estelí Nicaragua it’s a perfect example of CRAFT and everything it stands for.

In closing I’d like to give a huge shout out to Jeff Mouttet who handled what I can only describe as “Controlled Chaos” sifting through hundreds of messages making sure everyone who secured the anniversary release early on received the cigars in a timely and efficient manor at the time of launch.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 19 (Candela Variation)

Cigars for review: Purchased (2 Boxes)

Cigars smoked for review: 12 total, 2 Candela variations for standard review

Cigar Smoke Rate: 96

Size: 6 1/2 x 44 (Lonsdale)

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf, Ecuadorian Connecticut, Ecuadorian Connecticut candela

Binder: Cameroon

Filler: Nicaraguan

Retailor: Riverside Cigar Shop and Lounge

Production: 350 total boxes, 100 boxes containing a CRAFT Turismo lighter and a RoMa Craft XO cutter from Xikar

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueno 

Blenders: Skip Martin and Esteban Disla

Photos by Cigar Smoke

 

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