|Intemperance BA XXI|
It has been almost 100 years since the 18th Amendment, and we are seeing steps that are echoing steps of old that led to the amendment, but this time the hammer is falling on tobacco. Manufacturers, retailers and individuals are doing their part by joining Cigar Rights of America, but with every step that is taken by the cigar industry the government is taking two. Of the cigar companies fighting this battle, I have seen large statements made from two boutique companies. One of them is RoMa Craft Tobac, and the company is led by Michasel Rosales and Skip Martin. These two men established their small factory, Fabrica de Tobacco NicaSueno, in Esteli, Nicaragua, and since then have produced cigars that have done well in the online community. Their latest joint release is the Intemperance line, and it is this line that delivers a large message.
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In the second half of the cigar I am seeing a nice change in the flavor profile, and it is becoming softer I would say. The pepper notes have faded a lot, and the earthy and cocoa flavors before have become more present. The earthy notes are much more sweeter in this half, and not as natural as they were in the first. I am getting some nice nutty notes still, and with that a rise in creamy flavors. It has shown a nice transition as a cigar, and I really dig this second half. The finish to the cigar shows a lot of earth and orange peel flavors, and it is a cool finish as well. The strength seemed to tone down some in this half, and I would say it is closer to medium in body now. The ash remained at that light charcoal coloring, and with that a great even burn line to the end.
I really enjoyed this cigar, and besides the fact that it was constructed wonderfully and had a terrific blend, the size was awesome. I always love to find cigars that are small in size but packed with flavors, and this cigar had that. I am a big fan of the use of Brazilian tobacco to begin with, so when you throw that in there as a wrapper it is a major perk. I have yet to try the other wrapper offering, but I imagine knowing my palate that this will be more my type of cigar. With so many manufacturers trying to make big cigars for the market, it is nice to find someone making something smaller. I give this cigar a solid 91, and while I did not like it as much as the Aquitaine, it was a great smoke that a lot of people would enjoy. What is great about this line is that all the cigars are fairly compact cigars, nothing over a 54 ring gauge.