CRAFT 2013 La Campaña de Panamá Soberana by RoMa Craft Tobac | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut, Brazilian Arapiraca
Binder: USA Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: African Cameroon, Nicaraguan
Size: 5 x 60 “Perfecto”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $15.00 MSRP

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I found four different names of the cigar on the internet. And of course, the RoMa Craft web site hasn’t even caught up with this yet so they are of no help.

CRAFT 2013 La Campaña de Panamá Soberana by RoMa Craft Tobac
RoMa Craft Limited Edition Craft 2013 La Campaña de Panamá Soberana
RoMa Craft Limited Edition Craft 2013 La Campana
CRAFT 2013 La Campaña de Panamá Soberana

This blend was released in late 2013. 1000 boxes of 10 cigars each were released.

La Campaña de Panamá Soberana is where the church bells in the neighborhood of Esteli, Nicaragua are located.

This is the first release under the CRAFT line from RoMa Craft. It is the wing of the business that sells limited edition cigars. Other cigars made by RoMa Craft are the CroMagnon, Intemperance BA XXI, Aquitaine, and Intemperance EC XVIII.

I’ve reviewed the Intemperance BA XXI IV A.W.S. and the CroMagnon Intemperance BA XXI

As you can probably see from the photos, none of the cigars are rolled using molds. All hand crafted using newspaper. The cello protecting the cigar is open at both ends making the fragile cigar just slip out without causing any damage.

From Atlantic Cigars:
“The 2013 RoMa Craft Limited Edition Craft 2013 La Campaña de Panamá Soberana are now available in limited supply. The blend is a combination company’s current lines; Aquitaine, CroMagnon and Intemperance Frankensteined into a single round perfecto cigar and finished with decorative straps of tobacco from the Intemperance’s Brazilian Arapiraca and Ecuadorian Connecticut wrappers atop an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The filler is comprised of mainly Nicaraguan fillers with a touch of Cameroon wrapper tobacco. These fillers are then held together with a CroMagnon’s Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. Only a very small number of 10 count boxes were produced for this project and once then are gone then will be for good.”

Construction is fragile and delicate. The closed foot will disintegrate with the slightest touch. The Connecticut bands look very rustic which gives them charm. The rest of the cigar? One cigar, the seams are tight; another, they are all visible. Big veins, little veins. All of the triple caps are expertly applied. And the wrappers all have a different hue of dark coffee bean brown to them. The cigars feel rough and toothy.

I clip the cap carefully and all three caps come off at once…unrolled on me.

The aromas are wonderful. Sweetness, spice, cocoa, some sort of green vegetable aroma, and a large swath of leather.
Time to toast the huge closed foot. It takes 3 minutes.

But now it’s lit and all is well. I read a few reviews and each complained about burn issues which are probably natural coming from a hand rolled cigar that doesn’t use a form. So I took extra care in toasting the foot in hopes of avoiding burn issues. And so far, so good.
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It feels odd to have this little lancero sized cap in your mouth while a 60 ring Liberty Bell is hanging off the end of it. Makes my neck feel lopsided.

OK. Flavors. Starts with a nice blast of black pepper. Coffee and cocoa arrive on the scene shortly after.
The draw is wonderful. No impediments made by man or tobacco.

The cigar’s shape reminds me of something….As an old Hippie, in Europe, there was a device for smoking weed and hash called a Chillum. It was a cone shaped device that was hollow…open at both ends. You had to clasp it in your hands, vertically, and create a closed vacuum with your hand; thereby allowing you to create a small hole between your middle fingers to inhale the smoke. See photos. I could never do it. I got laughed at during a party because I had never seen one before. You can’t hold it horizontally or everything falls out, so I lay on my back on the floor and smoked that way. After being laughed at, I rolled a doobie. And kept it all to myself.
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The char line is behaving like a champ.

It has taken 15 minutes to smoke ¾”. I’m sure it will speed up as the ring gauge diminishes.
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The coffee, cocoa, sweetness and leather give the cigar a nice easy going ride. Either caramel or butterscotch begins to show. Will need a bit for it to be defined.

The giant ash is gorgeous and I’m scared to death it might fall off before I’m ready. Do I leave it alone and tempt fate or knock it off early and preserve the behemoth? BTW- The char line is dead nuts so I’m convinced that the burn issues all started with the toasting of the foot for the other reviewers.

Man, this cigar is smooth. The strength is classic medium body.

This is an expensive cigar. Now, I’m poor. But when I got an email from Atlantic Cigars showing this blend, I had to have it. And I saved quite a bit by being a member of their VIP Club. I’ve saved the $60 per year membership 15 times over.

Because of the ever changing ring gauge, I am going to discuss it using inches, not thirds.

At the 3-3/4” mark, the ash is hanging tough. And it is here, that the cigar becomes a flavor bomb. And my timing was perfect with the ash. It said to me, “Now, now!”
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So I lay it down and the ash gently disengages itself from the cigar. In perfect shape. The cigar is considerably lighter now.
Here are the flavors, in order: Creaminess, sweetness, cocoa, coffee, black pepper, cedar, vegetable, and leather. Big flavors. The cigar continues to draw impeccably. And the char line is about to enter the Guinness records for being so nicely even despite the method of rolling.

Again, this is a special occasion cigar. I don’t want to share this cigar with anyone. I can’t afford another box and I will treasure them and cherish them. The pure artiness of this stick makes it worth the asking price…of which I paid $5 less than nonmembers. At the very least, you can treat yourself to a couple of singles. But do it at Atlantic, not a B & M or you will end up paying upwards of $17+. This cigar ain’t worth no $17.

The fact that this cigar is a combination of the Aquitaine, CroMagnon and Intemperance…makes this a Super Cigar. A perfect cigar. I never rate cigars. But to convey how much I am enjoying it, I give it a 95.

With 3” to go, the body moves to medium/full and some nicotine kicks in.
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It is caramel, not butterscotch. And it rises in the ranks right behind creaminess and sweetness.
So far, no touch ups have been required.

Here is the really amazing thing about this blend. I got the cigars on Saturday. I smoked one that night and was blown away. So after only two days of humidor time, the cigar was ready for review. The stick was fully aged properly right in the box. Very rare.

The cigar entertains a new flavor: buttered toast. The balance is superb. The finish is long and chewy. The construction amazes me considering the manner in which it was rolled.

With 2-1/2” to go, I get some lovely floral notes. And the spice, which moved towards the back an inch ago, returns in force. Still black pepper.
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The 5” length was the right choice. If it were longer, it might not have had the flavor qualities the 5” gives. Plus it would be more unwieldy. With 2-1/2” to go, I’ve invested 90 minutes.

And I expect another 30 minutes to go. That’s a long time and usually past my point of patience. So another inch or more, would turn this into a 3 hour cigar. Too much of a good thing.
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The complexity dug in at the 30 minute mark. This is a cigar for real cigar aficionados, real enthusiasts. Not a cigar for a newbie. Training your palate can take anywhere from months to years.

I urge you to purchase some CRAFT 2013 La Campaña de Panamá Soberana by RoMa Craft Tobac. Try to say that three times fast.
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The cigar finishes without a hint of harshness or heat. The nicotine level is moderate. And the flavors are still blasting away. It took 2-1/4 hours to finish.

Great cigar. CRAFT 2013 La Campaña de Panamá Soberana by RoMa Craft Tobac
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  1. You are killing us with all these great boutiques to try!