RoMaCraft Cromagnon Breuil Cigar Review
This past weekend on The Cigar Authority we had on the show the brainchild behind RoMaCraft Cigars; Mike Rosales & Skip Martin. They were in town for a series of events at Two Guys Smoke Shop and they brought with them some limited edition sizes and cigars. Being the cigar geek that I am, I wound up buying some of the thinner ring gauge items such as today’s review, Cromagnon Breuil.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaragua (3 different growing regions)
Ring Gauge: 37
Size: Breuil (Petit Lancero / Panetelas)
The Look: The Breuil comes packaged in 10 count boxes with the Cromagnon logo branded on the center of the box. Inside the cigars sit in two rows of 5. The cigars feature an oily looking Connecticut wrapper that has a few significant veins and a rustic appearance. In the hand the cigar is slightly spongy, however there are no voids of tobacco and a very hefty weight for the size.
The Notes: The cold draw of the cigar has some sweet notes, and it is perhaps sweeter than the larger format vitolas in the line. The aroma off the foot and wrapper is well-defined milk chocolate. After we torch the foot with a single flame jet lighter due to its thin ring gauge the first note of the cigar is sweet, but the first defined taste is earth.
Moving into the first third the sweetness develops into a note of cocoa that serves as a base note alongside the initial earthy component. As the first third comes to a close some touches of coffee enters the mix growing in intensity. The retrohale of the cigar has a meaty aroma with a touch of sweetness on the lengthy finish.
The second third sees the espresso notes become dominant, while earth and cocoa slide into the background of this enjoyable smoke. Around the half way point some notes of grilled steak appear briefly along with some spice that becomes visible on the palate and the retrohale. The sweetness lingers on the long finish of this well-balanced cigar.
As the cigar comes to a close a note of well-defined non-buttered popcorn develops as we near the band on both the palate and the aroma. The coffee notes experienced in the first two-thirds remains with a touch of cocoa and spice while the finish of the cigar remains long and enjoyable.
The Finish: I’ve been a fan of Cromagnon since the day Skip Martin first began selling them via Twitter back in the day. I watched the brand grow via events like the DC Tweetup, to the birth of the company RoMaCraft he started with Mike Rosales. I’ve always wondered why he didn’t have a regular production of some of the thinner ring gauges and boutique sizes. Thankfully those are available at events, and our friends at 2GuysCigars.com have them on their website.
Price: $79.99 (Box of 10)