RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII Goodness LE: A beautiful surprise
Over the years I have smoked most of the mainstream cigar shapes and one of my favourites is the box pressed. When the RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII Goodness LE cigar landed on my door mat, I was excited to try it. After a long journey, I let it sit in my humidor for a good few months before lighting it up and seeing what delights this cigar had in store for me.
The Intemperance cigar left a beautiful rich olive oil feel on my fingers despite the Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper being a lovely Colorado Claro colour. Fresh bay leaf aromas seeped from the foot of the cigar but I did notice that the wrapper didn’t quite cover the whole length. The cold draw was equally fresh, very smooth and easy. I was very much looking forward to spending some time with this RoMa Craft cigar and the good folk of Cigar Lounge UK who had invited me to be their interview guest on their weekly Zoom meet.
Lighting the foot, I was met by flavours that I would usually associate with a maduro wrapper. There was a distinct sweetness on the front of the taste and the first draws filled my mouth with a rich but light smoke. As I savoured more draws on this luscious cigar, I got hints of lovely autumnal flowers and ripe berries. Fluffy ribbons of smoke drifted skyward as I released the it from my mouth.
Approaching the middle, I noticed notes of peat and charcoal start to join the party but they only hung around for a few draws. By this time I had a lovely two inch stack of light grey ash building up. A mouthful of cedar on the retrohale signalled my entry to the middle portion of the RoMa Craft Intemperance cigar. The sweet red berries that had been with me since the start of the cigar were gradually being replaced with a tarter flavour which reminded me of grapefruit.
Cedar and cream were the most forward flavours that I got through the middle of a cigar. The grapefruit that I tasted at the start of the middle section kept swinging towards sweet, dried mixed citrus peel before returning to the tarter notes. The aspect of this cigar that surprised me the most was the subtle sweetness that was consistent on my lips from the wrapper. Up to this point the cigar had been burning perfectly and I had a beautifully neat row of ash balls in my ash tray that left me thinking that I really should get myself an ashtray that I could line them up in.
Like a perfectly written piano sonata, the final third of the RoMa Craft Intemperance cigar returned to some of the flavours from the opening movement. The red berries returned, but this time they were rich and lightly fermented. The peat that appeared briefly at the transition between the first and second thirds also reappeared. The construction of the cigar was flawless and the box pressed vitola sat comfortably in my hand and between my lips.
I thoroughly enjoyed the two hours I spent with this cigar, and the great company only added to the experience. This is a cigar that I could very much see becoming a mainstay of my humidor were it not a limited edition! I am also looking forward to trying more RoMa Craft cigars when the opportunity arises.
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RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII Goodness LE Cigar Details
- Vitola: Box Pressed Robusto
- Length: 5″
- Ring Gauge: 56
- Smoke Time: 2h 20
- Source: Gift from a friend
- Origin: Nicaraguan
- Binder: Indonesian
- Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican Republic
- Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII Goodness LE Review Summary
I really enjoyed this cigar and its changing flavour palate. A very comfortable cigar to smoke and one that I would love to get more of.
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