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Presmoke thoughts:

I will be continuing my RoMa Craft reviews with this RoMa Craft CroMagnon Mode 5. I’ve had this sitting in the coolerdor for a good few months and, since having such a great time with the Intemperance, I’m looking forward to seeing how this cigar goes.

RoMa Craft CroMagnon Mode 5 - Great value even at B&M prices

 

Construction:

Decent. One slight gap in seam, but it’s a beautiful cigar with great color and texture. Love the subtle label, with the slightly embossed name. The only thing that stands out on the label is their logo, which I’m a fan of. I like the torpedo vitola as well.

RoMa Craft CroMagnon Mode 5 - The full stick

 

Prelight:

On the nose of this RoMa Craft CroMagnon Mode 5 there’s a jelly-like sweetness type of smell that’s also slightly earthy. The cold draw gives me almost a grape flavor, but still has that earthiness to it. I enjoy cutting my torpedos at an angle, but even with that I find the cold draw to be a bit on the tight side.

RoMa Craft CroMagnon Mode 5 Close-up of the head and label

Stats:

  • Cigar Brand: RoMa Craft
  • Cigar NameCroMagnon
  • FactoryFabrica de Tobacco Nica Sueño
  • Country of OriginNicaragua
  • WrapperConnecticut Broadleaf
  • BinderCameroon
  • FillerNicaraguan
  • VitolaMode 5 (Short Perfecto)
  • Length5″
  • Ring Gauge50
  • Cost$8.75 (MSRP is only $7.25 though, so my B&M has quite the markup)
  • Where purchasedMain Street Cigars in Medford, NJ
  • StrengthMedium
  • Smoked2014-05-12
  • WhereCar
  • When: ~5pm
  • Occasionn/a
  • Mealn/a
  • Wheren/a
  • Drink PairingDiet A&W Rootbeer
  • LinkThe official RoMa Craft page for the CroMagnons

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First Third:

Lighting up this RoMa Craft CroMagnon Mode 5, the draw remains tight from the cold draw. No sweetness on the taste, and instead I’m getting earthy and nutty flavors. The flavors are very subtle at the start and I’m hoping they pick up in strength.

The retro is very smooth and nutty. I have a pack of almonds on the seat next to me that I haven’t opened yet and I’m wondering what sort of impact that’s going to have.

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I get brief hints at sweetness, and combined with the nutty taste it reminds me of Peanut M&Ms. Once I’ve gotten past the shoulder of the perfecto foot the draw loosens up and is pretty great.  The rest of the first third stays comfortably in the nutty taste profile and is enjoyable, but not anything that’s blowing me away.

The smell is like Butterfingers though, which is awesome.

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Second Third:

The second third is mostly nutty, but picks up a little sweetness and an even more subtle cedar. It’s not so boring and is instead pretty good. As of right now I would easily smoke this again.

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The burn is worth mentioning as it’s been pretty much spot on with minimal waviness. I haven’t touched it up once. Simply rotating it is all that I’ve needed to straighten it out.

The smell is mostly sweet with a smell similar to a dark chocolate brownie. I’m getting hungry…

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I’m pairing this with diet A&W and, while I’ve been drinking it very infrequently, when I take a sip it really brings out the more subtle sweetness in this cigar.

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Final Third:

Yum. Mostly sweet, with some creamy, cedar, and oak tastes. The final third is my favorite so far, quite delicious. It also feels like the final third is bringing the strength up slightly above medium. The retro has remained mostly the same throughout, very smooth with subtle sweetness.

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About halfway through the final third I’m finding it feels hot and is having trouble staying lit. I knock off the ash to find it’s tunneling. Since it’s close to the end I just let it go and enjoy the flavors left in my mouth.

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Burn:

Not perfect, but not problematic until the very end when it went into tunnel land.

 

Final Thoughts:

The RoMa Craft CroMagnon Mode 5 is definitely 5-pack worthy for me.  Where I found the Intemperance to be box worthy, this particular cigar wasn’t quite as amazing — though it was never anything I disliked. I’m looking forward to smoking more of these and when I place my Intemperance box order, I’ll like pick up a 5-pack or so of these RoMa Craft CroMagnon Mode 5 as well.

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