Cigar Reveal #157


Cigar Reveal #157

Roma Craft Tobac
CROMAGNON MODE 5

A little background on Roma Craft: the owner, Skip Martin, started the company over ten years ago after the cigar he worked at was forced to shut down due to a hurricane in his home state of Texas. He partnered with a cigar maker to produce cigars for himself and for the former customers of his shop. He made 5,000 cigars to start and named it the Cromagnon, and the cigars started going out the door faster than they could be rolled. The amount of cigars he sold required him to buy out the remaining tobacco available for that cigar, and at that point he knew it was time to get serious about this cigar making thing. Roma Craft Tobac was born. The broadleaf wrapper, Nicaraguan fillers and a unique Cameroon wrapper landed on the 2016 Top 25 Cigars of the Year list and since then he's come out with several new sizes, one of which is this lovely little short torpedo. Skip's philosophy from the beginning has been a simple one: "Combine quality tobacco, experienced craftsmen and the right amount of time and you will produce great cigars. Never compromise in these areas and you will be able to produce great cigars consistently." Today his company remains one of the first names that come to mind when discussing 'boutique cigars'. 

Cromagnon Mode 5
Anatomy

  • Nicaragua

  • Cameroon

  • Connecticut Broadleaf


Flavor Notes

First Third

Espresso

Earth

Cinnamon

Espresso

Earth

Cinnamon

Second Third

Peat

Leather

Earth

Peat

Leather

Cinnamon

Final Third

Oak

Dark Chocolate

Cinnamon

Oak

Dark Chocolate

Cinnamon

Reviews + Notes

Halfwheel

As I have said before, I have never been the largest fan of the CroMagnon blend in general, finding it too overpoweringly strong to the detriment of complexity for my tastes, a fact which I remind Martin of almost every time I see him. However, the Mode 5 is a different animal entirely. While still an unabashed full strength cigar, it has noticeably more sweetness, balance and complexity than almost all of the other CroMagnon sizes and I adore the vitola. Do I like it better than the Intemperance or the Aquataine blends? Not even close, but interestingly, I do like it a bit more than the Atlatl Lancero, and the Mode 5 will become my go-to-vitola in the CroMagnon line when it is released.

Cigar Coop

(Firecracker Size) CroMagnon is the brand under RoMa Craft Tobac that started it all for the company. Before there was a RoMa Craft Tobac, there was a CroMagnon (made by RoMa Craft’s predecessor, Adrian’s Cigars). Over the years, RoMa Craft Tobac has grown the CroMagnon to have a variety of vitolas and there seems to be one for everyone. The fact that the CroMagnon blend can work in everything from a 3 1/2 x 50 vitola to a massive 10 x 133 1/3 is nothing short of incredible. With 15 offerings, some vitolas are going to be better than others. Is it the best size in the line? No. For me the Blockhead, Mode 5, and Knuckle Dragger are superior offerings. That being said, the CroMagnon Firecracker was still an enjoyable cigar. It’s just that some of the other CroMagnon cigars have more in the way of richness and complexity. Ultimately, this size is a bolder cigar, so I’d recommend it to a more-experienced cigar enthusiast. As for myself, it’s still a fun cigar to have in your collection. I’m not sure its worth the manhunt one would have to make to track down this size, however if you can it’s still certainly worthy of picking up a fiver of them.

Cigar Aficionado

(Anthropology Size - Top 25 Cigars of 2016) This marks the first time that a CroMagnon cigar has made it to the Top 25 list. Don't let the name fool you. The brand, owned by Skip Martin and produced in Nicaragua under the company RoMa Craft Tobac, does not make primitive cigars. Martin has paired a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper with a Nicaraguan filler blend. That, in and of itself, is not very uncommon in the premium world. But he's also incorporated a Cameroon binder, which isn't as orthodox.The result is a fairly bold smoke with earthy aspects of dark cocoa and nutty qualities that play off each other effectively. Perhaps the earth is the underlying theme here, between the character of the smoke and the anthropological motif. Named Anthropology, the relatively slim, 46 ring gauge cigar scored 93 points—a civilized smoke that evokes Cro-Magnon man.