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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 | Alec Bradley Magic Toast Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Alec Bradley Magic Toast in the Robusto size. This 5 x 52 cigar retails for $8.95 and sports an extremely dark wrapper leaf from Honduras. Inside, there are both Nicaraguan and Honduran binders as well as fillers from both of those same countries.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The cold draw is snug with a mossy flavor. The wrapper produces a rich dark cocoa aroma, while I smell chocolate and strawberry out of the foot. The first light hits me with buttery cedar and black pepper. Through the nose, spice kicks up with red pepper and more cedar. The finish gives me cocoa and cinnamon.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. I pick up cocoa and black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, dried fruit blends with walnut and floral notes. The finish offers up some dark chocolate with raspberry and clove. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The second third brings me to one hour. I find more black pepper on the draw with the addition of vegetal earth. The retro-hale consists of buttery toast and more floral notes. The finish is delightful with sweet chocolate and marshmallow flavors reminiscent of hot cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The final third ends at one hour and thirty minutes. Black pepper and black licorice mix well on the draw. I see no change of flavors through the nose. The finish displays smoky cedar and black pepper. Nearly all elements of sweetness drop off in this final third. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The Alec Bradley Magic Toast is an excellent cigar. It offers a ton of complexity with many dark, dessert-like flavors. Construction is absolutely perfect with ash stacking like quarters. To top it off, the price is extremely competitive at just a hair under $9. This is one of the best Alec Bradley cigars to date, and I highly recommend giving it a try.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias Toro

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Todos Las Dias by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. It features a sun-grown, Cuban-seed Nicaraguan wrapper with filler and binder tobaccos from Nicaragua. For this review, I smoke the Toro, a 6×52 stick. It retails for $12.45. This dark beauty features a slick black and silver band and foot band resulting in a very sharp appearance.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

On the cold draw, I pick up wheat cereal notes. The wrapper produces a spicy earth aroma, while I smell something similar out of the foot. Once lit, the smoke gives me faint black pepper spice. Through the nose, charred toast takes over. The finish holds black pepper spice with coffee and cocoa.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The first third closes out at forty minutes. On the draw, cocoa and oak mix with black pepper. Through the nose, I find lots of spicy black pepper. The finish offers me light black pepper with sweet dark cocoa. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The second third gets me to one hour and fifteen minutes. Salty coffee and black pepper blend together on the draw. The retro-hale hits me with nutmeg, black pepper, and cocoa. On the finish, charred toast sits next to cocoa and black pepper. Strength and body jump to the full mark.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The final third ends at two hours. I pick up nutmeg and leather with black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, black pepper and cocoa are complimented by floral earth. The finish gives me spicy gingerbread with clove and char. Strength and body finish out at a hefty full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias is an excellent cigar. It offers deep, rich flavors with complex “dark” notes. Throughout the experience, strength and body continually build but not just for the sake of it. Mild fans might want to steer clear, but if you enjoy full-bodied goodness, this is a must try and one of the best cigars of the year. I highly recommend it!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Quesada 40th Anniversary

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Quesada 40th Anniversary in the Toro size. This milestone cigar comes in at 6×54 and features a rich, dark brown Mexican San Andres wrapper. Inside is a Dominican binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. It’s a gorgeous stick.

Quesada 40th Anniversary

The wrapper produces a strong manure and cocoa aroma. On the cold draw, I pick up a sour grape flavor. Once lit, I get spicy black pepper, leather, and buttery cocoa on the draw. Through the nose, light cedar and earth make an appearance. The finish offers creamy earth and spicy leather.

Thirty minutes in, the first third wraps up. On the draw, I pick up black licorice with some cocoa and black pepper. Through the nose, spicy cedar melts with a smoky earth. The finish offers bold leather on top of distinct clove. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Quesada 40th Anniversary

The second third gets me to one hour. A strong Dominican twang sets in on the draw alongside more black pepper and cocoa. On the retro-hale, I pick up light cedar with sweet toast. The finish hits me with more leather and the addition of cinnamon. Strength and body are consistently medium.

The final third closes out at one hour and forty minutes. I pick up a bomb of black pepper on the draw complimented by meaty leather. Through the nose, I’m treated to more sweet toast and some coffee. The finish is bold with black pepper, more leather, and the return of clove. Strength and body creep up to the medium-to-full mark in this final third.

Quesada 40th Anniversary

The Quesada 40th Anniversary is a fine cigar. It offers a lot of complexity with a nice mix of flavors provided by its geographically diverse blend. Construction is spot on, and strength and body are never overpowering. It’s a smoke all cigar lovers would enjoy, and the fact that it’s just under $10 makes it that much sweeter. I definitely recommend trying this one.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)