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Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Tobac CroMagnon EMH Don Bosco

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 CroMagnon EMH Don Bosco

 

 

 

Another highly anticipated release from RoMa Craft Tobac came as a shop exclusive for Old Virginia Tobacco Co.

The EMH Don Bosco is the second of three exclusives shop releases from RoMa Craft for 2019 with the third, Witchcraft 19, set to launch in mid July.

The EMH Don Bosco is named after Saint Giovanni Bosco, a Roman Catholic priest who lived in the 1800’s, who dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street children and other disadvantaged youth.

Production of the EMH Don Bosco consisted of 500 24-count boxes and sold were exclusively at OVTC in Virginia.

All of the factory profits for the project were donated to Iglesia Don Bosco in Barrio Oscar Gámez in Estelí Nicaragua.

 

 

 

Packaging for the RoMa Craft Tobac EMH Don Bosco in 24 count wooden boxes, exclusive for Old Virginia Tobacco Co. 

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The CroMagnon EMH Don Bosco is rolled in the same manor as it’s older brother the CroMagnon Black Irish, essentially an opposite configuration.

Esthetically the DB features a more visible component of Ecuadorian Connecticut Candela with a base of U.S Connecticut Broadleaf creating a unique barber pole design.

At 5 x 56 it’s rolled in the Robusto Extra format with a wide open foot and a cap of Candela.

The overlapping wrappers produce heavy seam, tooth and vein.

The vitola contains one band using heavy stock white paper with cave glyphs and a thin strip of black with a white RoMa Craft logo.

Some time ago co-owner Skip Martin directed us to a video titled “Making of CAO America” that visually demonstrates the process of how the Black Irish, Aquiataine EMH Saber Tooth and Don Bosco are produced.

Pre-light aroma with cedar, sweet tea and grass.

The cold draw produced flavors of creamy leather, earth and hay.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

At first light a distinct aroma of herbal and floral off the toasted foot as the Candela and Broadleaf wrappers achieve primary combustion.

Initial flavors of leather, earth, creamy grass and hay.

The background profile is producing coffee and light chocolate, with a dose of all spice that’s keeping the Don Bosco straight MED bodied in the first portion with a complex balance of all aforementioned flavors.

The retro-hale is clearing the sinus with a FULL sting of white pepper producing a long finish of light caramel.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half creamy grass, hay, earth and vermouth are producing a Dirty Martini type flavor as the influence of the candela wrapper dominates the blend.

Coffee and raw chocolate are consistent in the background with MED all spice and a creamy leather bite.

A slight decrease in strength on the retro-hale with MED white pepper producing a consistent long finish of caramel.

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third creamy grass, hay and earth are up front and on point as the blend loses a bit of the Dirty Martini flavors produced by the candela wrapper.

Background flavors of raw chocolate, coffee and creamy leather have been consistent with a re-appearance of herbal and floral flavors.

The element of all spice has morphed into a mild leather bite keeping the EMH Don Bosco consistent at MED bodied throughout.

White pepper has increased to FULL on the retro-hale with a continued long finish of caramel.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: No cracks, no separation of wrappers, flawless construction with ZERO issues to report.

 

• BURN: Combustion was consistent throughout with a continuous smolder or wrappers, binder and filler. The burn line was straight with a thick globular carbon line.

 

• ASH: The salt and pepper colored ash was thick holding as long as I let it producing a stack of nickels.

 

• CUT: All five examples were v-cut.

 

• DRAW: The Don Bosco produced a milk shake type draw with an abundance of creamy herbal and floral aroma filled smoke.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero during active smoking.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch lighter.

 

• STRENGTH: Straight MED bodied.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

Is a Zebra black with white stripes? Or white with black stripes?

The CroMagnon EMH Don Bosco features more of a visual component of Candela with a flavor profile that supports the wrapper.

Almost pungent, the blend dominates with creamy grass and hay overpowering most of the influence of the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with balanced complexity.

Would the cigar benefit from age? Possibly, but personally I enjoy more of the Candela component that makes them prime for smoking the day they were unboxed.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: CroMagnon EMH Don Bosco

Cigar for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 5

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 5 x 56 (Robusto Extra)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Candela, U.S Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Cameroon

Filler: Nicaraguan, Condega, Esteli

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Blender: Skip Martin, Esteban Disla

Production: 500 boxes

Box count: 24

Retailor: Old Virginia Tobacco Company

Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueño S.A. Esteli Nicaragua

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

 

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