It looks like it’s going to be the year of RoMaCraft as the company has just released the first of many expected limited releases in 2019. In addition to the Intemperance Goodness, there will be Aquitaine Sabertooth, CroMagnon Mandible, Aquitaine Mandible, Craft 2019, Aquitaine Slobberknocker and perhaps a few more.
The Intemperance Goodness becomes the first cigar in the EC (Ecuador Connecticut) line to get the box pressed treatment, where the BA (Brazilian Arapiraca) version saw the Revenge first released in 2014.
Cigar Review: Intemperance EC
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Ring Gauge: 56
The Look: The Intemperance EC XVIII Goodness comes packaged in 12 count cabinet style boxes. The box pressed cigar features a Connecticut shade grown wrapper from Ecuador. In addition to thin veins there is a nice amount of oils present on this nicely box pressed stick that has no soft spots and a hefty weight to it. The band denotes Intemperance in brown on an ivory background.
The Notes: The cold draw offers up notes of cedar, earth and wheat with a underlying sweetness while the aroma off the foot and wrapper has a subtle manure aroma to it. Once we clip the cap and toast the foot the initial note is brown sugar.
As we smoke the first third the Goodness offers up notes of cedar with touches of honey and brown sugar. The retrohale enhances the brown sugar which lingers on the finish along with some elements of earth.
The second third sees the notes of brown sugar fade away before the cigar reaches the half way point. The cedar notes become dominant with touches of wheat and a subtle honey on the palate. As the second third comes to a close a gritty earthy component develops that lingers on the finish.
The last third sees the earth components become dominant with hints of cedar in the background. There is some subtle cedar present that is slightly enhanced on the retrohale but it quickly fades away with the lengthy lingering earthy finish.
The Finish: Personally I am a fan of box pressed cigars, however I prefer Intemperance EC XVIII in the traditional round format. The box pressed version was more earthy than the other sizes in the line and as a result it left my mouth dry. I think the cigar however would pair really well a single malt scotch and I plan to visit that pairing one day in the future. It’s still a good cigar, but I choose round over pressed.
Price: $8.89 / $93.99