Dimensions/Shape: 7 by 38 ring gauge; Parejo
Wrapper/Capa: U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler/Tripa: Nicaragua, three regions including Estelí and Condega
Tabacalera: Nica Sueño, S.A. (Nicaragua)
MSRP: $9.50 single, $95.00 box of 10
RoMa Craft has been pleasing the market with their complex, expertly-crafted cigars since 2012. The CroMagnon blend has become a staple in their lineup, providing experienced cigar smokers a unique and complex blend that is sure to satisfy. Utilizing a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper, Cameroon binder, and multi-region Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, the CroMagnon has helped to build RoMa Craft’s reputation as a developer of standout blends among boutique premium cigar fans. The Atlatl, the lancero vitola of the blend, is a special addition to the CroMagnon line, highlighting the sweet and earthy notes of the blend’s broadleaf maduro wrapper.
Given its size, the Atlatl looks slightly rustic compared to other vitolas in the CroMagnon line, exhibiting a few slight bulges, yet without any soft spots. The wrapper, with its rich milk chocolate hue and maduro sheen, has a slight tooth to it, complementing its rustic figure and the theme of the line. The broadleaf imparts pungent notes of salted caramel and chocolate with a very subtle citrus. Snipping off the cap reveals a great draw, a very reassuring sign for a lancero; in smoking multiple Atlatls (3), no draw issues were found.
The first light introduces a complex flavor profile in a mild to medium-intensity format with no detectable strength and a very pleasant room aroma. Notes of chocolate and salted caramel were distinguished out of the cigar’s very integrated character. The CroMagnon Atlatl begins to settle into an oily, medium-intensity smoke, imparting notes of sweet chocolate, pastry, and slight notes of spice, including vanilla. Its finish brings creamy notes of nuts, cookies, and lingering spice, for a decent period at a low intensity.
Heading into the second third, some notes of bourbon on the draw and finish begin to appear, accompanied by growing spice and strength. The cigar remains very smooth on the finish and through the retrohale, while becoming creamier. Further into the cigar, notes of cinnamon and milky coffee appear, joined by a climaxing of strength at a solid medium.
The Atlatl provides a good hour and fifteen minutes of smoking time, best enjoyed by advanced cigar smokers. Retrohaling is a necessity with the CroMagnon, even more so with the Atlatl. Moreover, owing to its oily, thick wrapper, touchups are needed from time to time, though they are indeed worth it. Enjoying the Atlatl is similar to making an investment: attention and experience are needed, but the return, in this case, is worthwhile.
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