CroMagnon “Cranium” by Roma Craft Tobac
Roma Craft Tobac’s CroMagnon line of cigars is a very tasty and well blended line. It comes in several sizes with their own unique name branding each size. Roma Craft says this about their CroMagnon line on their website:
“The filler leaf for this blend was acquired from three separate growing regions in Nicaragua: Esteli, Condega and a small farm north of Esteli on the Honduran border. This third leaf, a ligero, brings a strong, smoky, savory flavor to the blend. When combined with the mildly-sweet characteristics of the broadleaf maduro wrapper, the exotic bite of the Cameroon binder and the clean finish of its viso and seco companions, the blend delivers the precise deep rich tobacco flavor we wanted to present in the CroMagnon.”
So today, we take a look at the “Cranium” (6 x 54) vitola. It is constructed using a U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper surrounding a Cameroon binder with long fillers from three different areas of Nicaragua: Esteli, Condega, and a small farm north of Esteli on the Honduran border.
The Roma Craft CroMagnon “Cranium” is a very beautifully constructed cigar. The coffee-bean wrapper has darker brown splotches of color here and there, but the seams are invisible to my touch with nearly no veins at all. As I turn it in the light the oils are brilliantly shining from the wrapper. The ligero can be seen in the foot of the cigar towards the center. The aroma from the shaft of the cigar is wood and hay. A tobacco smell is coming from the foot of the stick. Once again, I use my straight cutter to cut the triple cap, which was done with no difficulty. Just a tad bit of loose tobacco fell. It was barely worth mentioning, but this is a cigar review. So, I threw it in.
Lighting up! Toasting and lighting was a bit tricky with the amount of space to light on this ring gauge, but it seems to have lit well. The draw is a bit tight. Immediately, there are notes of peanuts and coffee with some creaminess. 15 minutes in, its burned down an inch and the ash is a nice white blissful ash. The flavor profile is the same. The draw is still a little tight for my comfort, but it’s workable. The peanut flavor is definitely the leading taste with coffee right behind it and the creaminess in the background. The end of the first third is bringing a woody taste to the rundown. This starting portion of the smoke has had a burn time of 30 minutes. The white ash is still holding on strong.
Going into the second piece of this smoking experience the woody flavor is taking the forefront over the peanut flavor. The peanut has taken over second place. The coffee has decided to hang out in the background with the dissipating creaminess. The ash left the cigar a little into this middle section of the cigar. About halfway through this point of the smoke, the coffee has disappeared. The peanut and woody tastes seem to be battling for the leading flavor leaving the creaminess still soaking up the background profile. There is some wood on the retro-hale. Also, there are some notes of milk chocolate appearing just past the halfway mark. So far through this smoking experience, the burn line has been spot on. Not the first touch-up required and I’m nearly 20 minutes into the second third. Nearing the end of the middle part of the Roma Craft CroMagnon “Cranium” the woody taste seems to be replaced by the milk chocolate while the peanut is still in the forefront. The creaminess has now left the profile being replaced by the woody flavor in the background. The middle section of the cigar has taken a 35 minute burn time. The burn line is starting to become a bit uneven now. The second ash is still holding tight.
The last third is starting with peanut, milk chocolate, and wood. The creaminess seems to be creeping back in. The second ash is still with us. This is a really good slow-burning cigar to smoke. I’ve enjoyed every puff of it so far. About halfway through the last portion of this smoke the milk chocolate has finally taken over the peanut. The wood is farther into the background almost escaping the profile with the creaminess. The ash is not giving up easily. It’s still hanging on in the game. The flavor profile remained the same till I put the cigar down. The second ash never dropped till I placed it in the ashtray. This last third had a burn time of 35 minutes. The burn line ended uneven when a quarter of it stopped burning around the end of the second third.
This cigar was a beauty to smoke for the past 1 hour and 40 minutes. It was a medium-body smoke from beginning to end with great flavors of peanuts, coffee, creaminess, wood, and milk chocolate coming out of it. It had about 8 months of humidor rest before this review. At $8.50 per stick this is a great value cigar for what you get out of it. Whether you’re on a budget or not this cigar is highly recommended. Till next time, my friends.