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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 | Highclere Castle Victorian Toro

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Highclere Castle Victorian in the Toro size. This 6 x 52 cigar is a follow up to the original Highclere Castle – a cigar created for its namesake made by Foundation Cigar Company which became my #1 cigar of 2017. The return features a similar blend with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Brazilian Mata Fina binder, and Nicaraguan fillers. It retails for $15.

Highclere Castle Victorian

Pre-Light

On the cold draw, I pick up a dried fruit flavor. The wrapper produces an earthy barnyard aroma while I smell rich tobacco out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up buttery toast. Through the nose, I taste a little cocoa and toast. On the finish, strength and body are immediately present with cocoa, toast, and cinnamon.

Highclere Castle Victorian

First Third

The first third closes out at thirty-five minutes. On the draw, I pick up buttery toast with black pepper. Through the nose, cedar blends with earth and more buttery toast. The finish offers roasted coffee with light cocoa and a little black pepper. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Highclere Castle Victorian

Second Third

The second third ends around one hour. Black pepper steals the stage on the draw with notes of hazelnut. On the retro-hale, I find more black pepper and buttery toast. The finish is delicious with roasted coffee and hazelnut. There is no change to strength or body.

Highclere Castle Victorian

Final Third

An hour and a half in, the cigar finishes out. On the draw, black pepper mixes with cedar and vegetal earth. Through the nose, floral notes appear with black pepper. The finish explodes with additional black pepper and potent nutmeg. Strength still floats around medium-to-full, but body jumps to full in this final third.

Highclere Castle Victorian

In Summary

The Highclere Castle Victorian is an excellent cigar. It burns great and puts out plenty of smoke. Flavors work well together, and complexity is sufficient. For $15, I expected a little more depth, but it was still a fantastic experience and a worthy follow-up to the original Highclere Castle cigar.

It’s hard to compare to the original as it’s a very different cigar. The original is much lighter but more refined. Regardless, the Highclere Castle Victorian definitely holds its own, and I highly recommend it.

Smoke on!

-CutLightSmoke

Cigar Review | Cornelius & Anthony The Gent Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Cornelius & Anthony The Gent in the Robusto size. This box-pressed 5 x 52 cigar retails for $8.50. It features an Ecuadorian Rosado wrapper with a binder from the United States and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The cold draw produces a slight oak flavor. The wrapper gives off a chocolatey leather aroma, while I smell dried fruit. Once lit, I pick up white pepper and cedar on the draw. Vanilla and cinnamon come through on the retro-hale. The finish hits me with light black pepper and some coffee.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

Thirty minutes in, the first third finishes. On the draw, I pick up some white pepper with brown sugar and coffee. Through the nose, mint blends with cinnamon and vanilla. The finish lingers with spicy nutmeg, toast, and prune. Strength and body settles in at a stout medium-to-full.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The second third gets me to one hour. I find more white pepper on the draw with leather and floral notes. The retro-hale consists of cinnamon and toast. On the finish, there is more spicy nutmeg with black pepper and ginger. I see no change to strength and body.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The final third closes out at an hour and a half. On the draw, white pepper gives depth to citrus and more floral notes. Through the nose, my sinuses are blasted with bombs of black pepper and cinnamon. The finish offers black pepper with char and earth. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The Cornelius & Anthony The Gent Robusto is an excellent cigar blend that offers great complexity and flavor. Construction is top-notch with a smooth draw and plentiful smoke. The flavors on this thing really work well together, and I enjoyed every last puff. Cornelius & Anthony continues to put out quality cigars. This cigar ranked as my #13 cigar of 2018, and I highly recommend trying it.

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 | Crux du Connoisseur

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Crux du Connoisseur in the No. 2 size. This 6.5×38 stick features a Habano Jalapa wrapper on top of a Nicaraguan binder and Honduran fillers. It retails for $8.99 and is a very nice looking cigar.

Crux du Connoisseur

The wrapper produces a rotten plum aroma with leather, and I smell dried fruit out of the foot. The cold draw displays distinct walnut flavor. Once lit, I get light cedar with a hint of dark leather and a cinnamon-nutmeg note. Through the nose, there is very little flavor with light leather and cedar. The finish gives me black licorice and woody notes.

Twenty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up cedar with sour earth and white pepper. Through the nose, there is light toast and cedar. The finish offers a cinnamon and nutmeg combo alongside leather. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Crux du Connoisseur

The second third gets me to forty minutes. There is more sour earth on the draw with leather and cinnamon. The retro-hale is very simple with light gingerbread. More cinnamon and nutmeg come through on the finish with the addition of vanilla. Both strength and body remain at the medium mark.

Crux du Connoisseur

Fifty-five minutes in, the final third comes to a close. There is no change on the draw. Through the nose, I find more gingerbread with the introduction of vanilla. The finish sees no change, and strength and body remain the same as well.

Crux du Connoisseur

The Crux du Connoisseur is an okay cigar. It’s not a bad smoke, but it did not wow me by any means. Complexity is shallow, and the price is a bit steep for the experience. It may agree with some palates, but don’t expect this one to be cigar of the year.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Drew Estate Herrera Estelí Miami

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Drew Estate Herrera Estelí Miami. It’s a 5.75×49 stick that retails for $13. An Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua are wrapped with an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper.

Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Miami

On the cold draw, I pick up a fruity cedar. The wrapper produces a strong cologne and leather aroma, while I smell fruity leather out of the foot. Once lit, I find leather with a fruity note and sweet cedar. Through the nose, there is a hint of cinnamon with more cedar and leather. On the finish, black pepper comes through with even more leather and spicy cedar.

Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. Leather and nutmeg dominate the draw. On the retro-hale, I pick up a nice sweet graham cracker. The finish gives me light red pepper blended with almond. Strength and body both settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Miami

After one hour, I see the end of the second third. On the draw, there is toast with more nutmeg. Through the nose, cinnamon makes an appearance complimented by more graham cracker. I’m treated to a hint of vanilla on the finish with additional almond that is now spicy. Strength and body both drop slightly to the medium mark.

Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Miami

The final third wisps away after an hour and a half. I find more toast on the draw with sweet earth and nutmeg. The retro-hale has no change whatsoever, but that’s not a bad thing. On the finish, I pick up black pepper and leather. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.

The Drew Estate Herrera Estelí Miami is a darn good smoke. It’s a bit steep on price, but it offers some good complexity and depth with enjoyable flavors that blend well together. Construction is spot on, and I have no real complaints. It’s another win from Willy Herrera worth trying out.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Rocky Patel Twentieth Anniversary

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Rocky Patel Twentieth Anniversary in the Rothschild size. This 4.5×50 box-pressed cigar features a Honduran wrapper concealing Honduran and Nicaraguan leaves. It was made to commemorate Rocky’s 20th year in business.

Rocky Patel Twentieth Anniversary

The wrapper offers a light leather aroma, while I smell graham cracker out of the foot. Once lit, there is oily leather, black pepper, and earth on the draw. Through the nose, I pick up sweet peanut with caramel. The finish gives me more black pepper with leather and earth.

After twenty minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up nutty earth with black pepper and a metallic note. Through the nose, spicy cinnamon mixes with sweet gingerbread. The finish offers oak with leather and black pepper. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Rocky Patel Twentieth Anniversary

Fifty minutes in, the second third finishes out. Nutmeg comes through on the draw with some black pepper and earth. There is no change to the retro-hale. The finish gives me bitter leather on top of charred oak. Strength and body continue to be at the medium-to-full mark.

Rocky Patel Twentieth Anniversary

The final third gets me to one hour and fifteen minutes. I get more nutmeg on the draw with leather and cedar. Through the nose, bitter gingerbread dominates. The finish offers a near-Dominican twang flavor on top of black pepper and leather. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.

Rocky Patel Twentieth Anniversary

The Rocky Patel Twentieth Anniversary is a decent offering that could use some humidor time. It has a decent amount of complexity, but the flavors need to mellow out a bit before it really shines. I’d love to give this one another go after a year of rest. It’s worth a single or a five pack, but I wouldn’t rush out and buy a box, especially for nearly $10 per stick.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)