Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Cromagnon Block Head

Gene Agustinreviewed by Gene Agustine

RoMa Craft Cromagnon Block Head Review

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Broad Leaf Maduro
Binder: Cameroon Binder
Filer: Nicaraguan
Size/RG: 6x54
Vitola: Box Pressed Toro
Release: 2013 Store Exclusive

I don’t have much experience with the RoMa Craft line but after smoking this amazing stick, I have become a true believer of the RoMa Culture.  The wrapper is an oily, sexy Connecticut Broad Leaf Maduro with the perfect amount of give.   The Box-Press is perfect and the feel of this Cigar in your hand and mouth is something every cigar lover should experience.   As I remove the cello, a shot of Hershey chocolate is the first thing I smell along, with dry coco and a hint of white pepper that tingles the back of my nose.  I get a slight sweet barnyard aroma, and then subtle hints of coffee bean.   Further inspection of the stick, reveals perfect construction that is seamless to the touch with a beautiful dark rich wrapper.  The cold-draw is spot on and feels like a semi-thick milkshake with notes of coco and coffee, and a bit of hay.  

Excited to toast this sexy gar, I grab my Xikar double guillotine and go with a nice straight cut just below the 1st cap.  Much like the aroma this gar gives, I experience a blast of dry coco, dark earth, and a subtle hint of pepper in the back of the throat.   The retro is a full blast of pepper that caught me off guard.  The ash is solid white and falls off in nice one-inch chunks.  The burn is almost perfect with a slight wave here and there.

The 1st third has the dark earth and sweet rich tobacco taking center stage with the coco looming in the background.  The smoke production is not overpowering as the smoke dances a bit only to remind you that she’s still hot and ready.  

2nd third had a spurt of hot milk chocolate creeping in but immediately transitions into a nice herbal note and then followed by more earthy notes and then a bit of sweet graham cracker.   Not a peppery smoke but you get just enough on the back of your tongue to keep it interesting.

The last 3rd transitions over to a creamy bakers chocolate and this is were the Block Head shines.  You get a nice touch of salt on the tongue and the smoke remains thick and chewy.   The bakers chocolate is also joined by a nice balance of coffee bean so it taste almost like a mocha espresso.   You get a bit more earth on the final 3rd and the chocolate subsides a bit and the espresso and earth dance in your mouth through the final smoke.

The Cromagnon Block Head is definitely a full-bodied complex smoke but surprisingly, about medium in strength.  From other reviews I’ve read, I was expecting a bit more strength so I was reluctant to smoke this in the morning.  However, I am glad to report that she is good and ready any time of day.   The Block Head is easily on my top 5 list and I highly recommend stocking up on a few boxes.   I’d highly recommend pairing the Cromagnon Block Head with your favorite Porter, Stout, or my ever so favorite TenFidy.  They are perfect together.   

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