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Cigar Review | RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out one of the newest cigars from RoMa Craft Tobac. The RoMa Craft Baka has stirred up quite a buzz in the cigar community, and the first release flew off shelves like hotcakes.

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

The initial allotment for retailers was limited to a single vitola, a 4 x 52 parejo dubbed Bantu. It retails for $9.95. Most retailers only received a few boxes to start, but additional sizes will be added in limited quantities.

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

First Third

Fifteen minutes in, I finish the first third. The draw offers me cinnamon and leather with notes of earth. Through the nose, I find light caramel melting with brown sugar and graham cracker. Ginger, nutmeg, and leather create a memorable finish. Both strength and body settle in at a steady medium.

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

Second Third

The second third ends around a half hour. I pick up light leather and more cinnamon on the draw. The retro-hale hits me with a delicious blend of brown sugar and sweet pastry flavors with a slight spice. Black pepper combines with more ginger and sweet walnut notes on the finish. There is no change to strength or body.

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

Final Third

Forty-five minutes passes, and the final third wisps away. On the draw, salty leather and coffee take the stage. Through the nose, nougat, light cocoa, and baking spice are delightful. Nutmeg, clove, and fleeting ginger round out the finish. Strength and body finish out at medium.

Final Thoughts

The RoMa Craft Baka Bantu is a delicious little dessert cigar. It tends to start out a bit rough with the first few puffs, but once this cigar opens up, it’s a real treat. There’s a significant amount of complexity with flavors that blend well together, and construction is spot on. Strength is a bit toned down from most RoMa Craft cigars, but it’s still got enough oomph.

My only beef with this cigar is how short it is – not really a beef. I’m sure the limited size release was an intentional marketing strategy from some of the best teasers in the game. RoMa Craft sure knows how to create hype, and you can count me in as someone drooling for the larger vitolas. I highly recommend the Baka, and you better act fast if you want to find some to try. This will be a contender for my Top 25 Cigars of 2019!

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon. For this review, I smoke the box-pressed Robusto vitola coming in at 5 1/2 x 54. This cigar features a toothy Cameroon wrapper concealing all Nicaraguan tobaccos. It retails for $5.50.

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

On the cold draw, I pick up a sugary sweetness. The wrapper produces a grassy aroma with the same out of the foot. Once lit, I get some toasty cedar. Through the nose, I taste the same with the addition of graham cracker. The finish consists of oak, almond, and black pepper

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. I find nutty cedar and toast on the draw. Through the nose, spicy toast notes coat my palate. The finish consists of light cinnamon and pencil lead. Strength and body settle in at medium.

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

The second third ends at forty-five minutes. The draw gives me light nutty cedar. On the retro-hale, there is a much sweeter toast. I see no change to the finish. Strength and body drop slightly to mild-to-medium.

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

The final third burns away at one hour and fifteen minutes. On the draw, nutty cedar remains consistent. Light black pepper and toast come through the nose. A nice caramel and cinnamon combo make for a tasty finish. Strength and body finish out at medium.

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

The AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon is a good cigar. It’s relatively simple and offers minimal complexity, but flavors are enjoyable enough. Construction is spot on as always with AJ. The selling point for this cigar is the price. You can buy two of these for the price of many single cigars on the market of equal quality. The value can’t be dismissed, and for that reason, I recommend trying it out.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado Torpedo Grande

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado Torpedo Grande. This cigar comes in at 6 1/2 x 52 with a sharp tapered torpedo head. It retails for $21. The Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper is silky smooth. It conceals all Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. It’s a really sharp-looking cigar.

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up sweet bread – somewhat like Hawaiian bread – and white pepper. Through the nose, there is more sweet bread with some honey. The finish blends oak and sweet leather. Both strength and body settle in at medium.

The second third gets me to an hour and fifteen minutes. Buttery toast and mild black pepper hit me on the draw. On the retro-hale, I see no changes, The finish consists of light baking spice alongside more oak and sweet leather. Strength and body remain consistently medium.

The final third wisps away at two hours. I find strong white pepper and leather on the draw. Through the nose, baking spice melts with caramel. The finish offers me some oak with mossy oak and black pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium.

The Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado is an fine cigar. It’s not explosive on complexity, but the flavors it dishes out are a mellow blend of pleasantries. Construction was good, and it was an enjoyable smoke.

Unfortunately, the price of this cigar is very steep, so that may put many people off. You can certainly get a comparable experience from many cigars at half the price, and I can’t justify a box purchase solely for that reason. However, it’s a solid smoke, and I highly recommend this one if the cost doesn’t bother you.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Viva La Vida Robusto

As you guys may have already figured by now, I like to do reviews on cigars that could be considered “Under the radar”, or “Quiet riots.” As a result, you may be privy to read about something you may have not otherwise been exposed to. But in this case, if you haven’t seen or heard of this cigar in your chat groups, trips to the local lounge or on numerous IG stories, then you’re probably living La Vida Hermit! LOL

This cigar is a collaboration from Artesano Del Tobacco and AJ Fernandez, who I have to say is one of my favorite Master craftsman across the board. The guy is sheer genius and he doesn’t break our pockets trying to experience his masterpieces. With a 25yr history in the tobacco game, Artesano Del Tobacco is a small boutique company out of new York City. Formerly known as New York Cigar Inn, housing the only Cigar Aficionado lounge in the world, they changed their name before reaching out to AJ to create the “Live The Life” cigar.

  • APPEARANCE – The cigar is dark brown with a reddish hue to it. There isn’t a seam in sight and there are tiny vascular vein patterns with one or two slightly more visible veins. The rugged single cap is the only non perfect component of this cigars build and I like it.
  • AROMAS – The wrapper smells like puppy fur, wood and Autumn leaves. No BS, Autumn leaves!!! From the foot I’m getting wood, chocolate and chalk. Oddly, the aroma coming from the cap is a more intense smell of musky earth

First Third | Fiesta Caliente

I was power blasted up front with a combination of red and black pepper. There was a caramel like sweetness that came in behind it , cleaning up the mayhem. I love when spice is done correctly. I don’t mind having my mustache singed as long as the flavor is “Vida”. In the retro, I’m getting a spicy cinnamon citrus kind of flavor and that’s totally enjoyable. I can’t put my finger on the specific type, but there’s a nutty component at play in the nasal nuances. The finishing touch at the end is a rather pleasant toasty oak. I’m completely satisfied and impressed with the first third experience.

Second Third | The Hype is Justified

The toasted/charred oak is ramping up but it’s borrowing an element of sweetness from elsewhere. It’s probably clinging to the now baking spices that started as a cinnamon spice in the first third. The citrus vibe that I was experiencing is now a more darker fruity element. My nose is still tingling from the pepper spice. However, my head isn’t buzzing and the strength is not overpowering. Along with the pepper spice on the retro, I’m getting a nice rich leather attached to hints of molasses. Rounding things out at the finish and in between puffs, there is a solid aged dry tobacco. This is one of those flavors that move the spirit of any so called cigar connoisseur.

Final Third | La Vida Loca

Wow. I told myself several times that I would not use Ricky Martin song references for this cigar. However, I digress because this thing is crazy! This cigar is jumping to and fro and moving around in the most insanely flavorful way. Notes from the first third are returning and nuances from the second are morphing in and out. So basically, you could light this cigar from the front, back or middle and it would still be a hell of a party. And let’s not forget, this is only the Robusto.

In brief synopsis, this cigar finished beautifully. Still spicy yet sweet, with a woody rich tobacco core. The fruity-dark berry nuances are still dancing around my olfactory warehouse via retrohales. I pretty much smoked this Robusto down to my fingernails. Roach clip worthy for sure. LOL!

In a nutshell, all i can say is that this cigar is a must try. The hype is there, but it lives up to it in every sense. As I said earlier, I’ve only smoked the Robusto vitola. But you can be sure I will be trying all of the sizes.

I’d like to to thank you all again for taking the time to share this cigar smoking experience with me. As always, I look forward to the feedback and conversation about these experiences whether it’s in opposition or agreement. I’d also like to send a special Salute to my Barrel Burner Sisters & Brothers of the Leaf. I know you guys are HERFing heavy with the Vida this weekend.

CHEERS & SALUTE

Cigar Review | Warped La Relatos The First

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Warped La Relatos The First. Around 10 years ago, this cigar made its original appearance and now returns for more. This 6 x 38 Petit Lancero retails for $9.30 and looks to be perfectly rolled. The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers.

Warped La Relatos

Pre-light, the draw gives me some oaky bourbon flavor. The wrapper produces a hay aroma while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up toast with cedar. Through the nose, potent white pepper, cedar, and toast blend together. The finish consists of spicy pepper with caramel.

Twenty minutes in, the first third closes out. I pick up salty cedar with hazelnut and black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, spicy ginger blends with white pepper. The finish hits me with caramel and graham cracker. Strength and body settles in at medium.

The second third gets me to forty-five minutes. I find similar flavors on the draw with no distinguishable changes. On the retro-hale, cedar carries through with more ginger and caramel. The finish offers leather on top of smoky oak and more caramel. Both strength and body remain at the medium mark.

The final third pulls through to one hour and simplifies the flavor profile. On the draw, I pick up black pepper and leather. Through the nose, toast blends with white pepper. The finish sees no change with more leather, smoky oak, and caramel. Strength and body finish out at medium.

Warped La Relatos

Warped La Relatos The First is an excellent cigar. It offers a thoroughly enjoyable flavor experience with moderate complexity and perfect construction. It’s a pretty quick smoke, so don’t expect this one to last much more than an hour. It’s a return hit from Warped, and if you like any of their other blends, you’ll surely enjoy this. I highly recommend it!

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | RoMa Craft Tobac Wunder|Lust Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the RoMa Craft Tobac Wunder|Lust in the 5 x 50 Robusto size. This European exclusive cigar features a dark Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper covering an Indonesian binder and undisclosed fillers. It retails for 8.75 EUR which is about $10.86 per cigar. The cigars come packed in large 40-count boxes.

RoMa Craft Tobac WunderLust Robusto

On the cold draw, there is sour raisin flavor. The wrapper produces a leathery aroma, while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up light leather, cedar, and white pepper. Through the nose, I find nutty caramel. The finish gives me black and red pepper with nutty leather.

RoMa Craft Wunder|Lust

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third ends. I pick up nutty cocoa and leather with spicy cinnamon on the draw. Through the nose, I find spicy caramel alongside a mellow nuttiness. Smoky walnut and leather blend with black pepper on the finish. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

RoMa Craft Wunder|Lust

At the hour mark, the second third comes to a close. On the draw, grassy earth comes through with leather and spicy cinnamon. The retro-hale sees no change with more spicy caramel and nuttiness. The finish is also much like the first third. Strength and body remain consistent.

RoMa Craft Wunder|Lust

The final third finishes up around an hour and a half. I get black pepper, earth, and leather on the draw. Through the nose, spicy cinnamon and red pepper blast my sinuses. Bombs of black pepper dominate the finish. Strength and body finish at medium-to-full.

RoMa Craft Wunder|Lust

The RoMa Craft Wunder|Lust is an excellent cigar. Complexity is moderate, but the flavors that come through are delicious throughout. The burn was a bit wavy, but it always corrected itself, so I can’t knock it on that. As with every RoMa Craft cigar I’ve smoked, the Wunder|Lust delivers a memorable experience that I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Patina Habano Bronze

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Patina Habano in the Bronze size. This 6 x 52 Toro features a blotchy Ecuadorian Habano wrapper covering a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Pennsylvania. It retails for $11.95.

Patina Habano Bronze

The cold draw is snug with wheat flavor coming through. The wrapper puts out a sweet leather aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. The first light hits me with sour earth alongside cinnamon. Through the nose, there is more cinnamon and some cedar. The finish gives me spicy red pepper, cinnamon, and leather.

Patina Habano Bronze

The first third closes out at thirty minutes. On the draw, I pick up cedar with sweet citrus and leather. Through the nose, I find notes of mild black pepper and toast. The finish offers me a sweet nuttiness with caramel and white pepper. Strength settles in at a medium while body is full.

Patina Habano Bronze

The second third wraps up right around one hour. The draw gives me spicy black pepper and caramel. On the retro-hale, I pick up cedar alongside musty, damp earth. There is no change to the finish with more nutty caramel and white pepper. Both strength and body balance out to medium-to-full.

Patina Habano Bronze

The final third ends at an hour and a half. Citrus returns to the draw with more black pepper and cedar notes. Through the nose, toast and cedar dominate. There is a leather bomb on the finish with slight caramel and more white pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Patina Habano Bronze

The Patina Habano is an excellent cigar. It offers a good amount of complexity with a balance of spicy and sweet fleeting in and out of the smoke. The cigar I smoked for this review was a bit snug on the draw, but I’ve smoked a number of these with no issues. The ash on every Patina cigar I’ve had always held some seriously impressive length, and this cigar was no exception. It’s a great blend I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)