A couple days ago, I reviewed the companion piece to this cigar called the Intemperance EC XVIII Brotherly Kindness. A wonderful cigar. So for the sake of expediency, I am repeating certain background info directly as it is shown on the first of the two reviews. Not everyone will want to read both reviews.
From Atlantic Cigars:
“The Intemperance BA XXI is a rich, full-flavored smoke that delivers a strength profile of medium to full-bodied. This blend is comprised of a dark Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper, a binder from Indonesia, with a two country blend of filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The result is a rich cigar that’s loaded with flavor.”
From Ro Ma Craft Tobac:
“Following the ratification of the 18th Amendment, an intemperance movement was born. The Volstead Act had effectively turned every consumer, merchant and producer of alcohol into a criminal; organized crime took root. Without market and regulatory controls, alcohol became more dangerous to consume. The court system was brought to the brink of failure under the weight of criminal and civil cases related to prohibition. After a little more than a decade, public opinion had been turned and the effort to repeal prohibition emerged victorious with the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
“Despite the dismal failure of this ‘noble experiment’, the temperance movement marches on. Perhaps this is no better represented than in the form of the modern tobacco control movement, also known as the anti-smoking movement.
“In the last sixty years, this anti-smoking movement has grown in influence and power much in the same way the temperance movement before it grew. We believe that it is well past time to initiate our own modern intemperance movement.”
Skip Martin and Michael Rosales are the founders of RoMa Craft Tobac. They specialize in providing the longest cigar names in the world. Sort of like the Beatles song: “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey.” From the “White Album.”
In 2011, they came out with the CroMagnon brand. As well as Aquitaine.
This is the newest size of the Intemperance BA XXI (Brazilian Arapiraca) line. It is a stout fire plug.
Construction is even more gorgeous on the BA than the EC. I love the dark cocoa bean wrapper that drips oiliness and is extremely toothy. Seams are very tight. There are lots of veins with a Frankenstein vein running the entire length of the cigar. The triple cap on the EC was a bit sloppy. On the BA, it is impeccable. And it has the same exposed ¼” of shaggy foot.
The cigar is very hard but so was the Intemperance EC XVIII Brotherly Kindness. And I had some serious cracking wrapper issues with it. Fingers crossed there is no repeat performance. Since the review, I smoked two more of the EC. Each had the same wrapper issues. So crossing my fingers may not be enough. A human sacrifice may be in order. I suggest someone with the initials B.S. You take it from there.
The single cigar band is tiny and to the point with the name of the blend with an even tinier RoMa Craft Tobac logo on the back side.
Atlantic Cigars literally has only a few boxes, 5 packs and singles left. And at this reasonable price point, should be gone in a couple of days. So if you’re interested, ACT FAST!
I clip the cap and find aromas of cocoa, orange citrus, cedar, and leather.
Time to light up.
First puffs reveal a hefty dose of red pepper. Following that is the dark chocolate and orange citrus and something light and fruity (Like me) as in red grapes. There is also a nice raisin complement.
The draw is good, but not great. The jam packing of tobacco is having an effect. I will not use my cigar awl to open the shaft a bit. I’m already worried about the wrapper cracks…that may, or may not, come.
The char line is spot on.
Due to the wrapper, this is a much heartier cigar than the EC. (I can’t keep typing Intemperance EC XVIII Brotherly Kindness).
The flavor profile expands as it hits the 1” mark. Here they are, in order: Cocoa, citrus, earthiness, spice, leather, cedar, fruitiness, chocolate cookie dough ice cream ( which encompasses the new creaminess), and strong espresso.
This is proof that a great cigar need not cost $9+. At $7, this stick could have been priced in the $9-$10 range; especially due to its hard to find status. I found that Cigar Hustler carries it but only sells them in box size. Hava Cigar Shop (The store owned by Skip Martin and Michael Rosales) carries the entire line.
I’ve reviewed several RoMa Craft’s cigars. Here is a list of my reviews:
Intemperance EC XVIII Brotherly Kindness
CroMagnon Knuckle Dragger
CroMagnon Intemperance BA XXI
CRAFT 2013 La Campaña de Panamá Soberana by RoMa Craft Tobac
Intemperance BA XXI IV A.W.S.
The second third begins and everything is static. Which is a good thing. The only exception might be that the strength is increasing to medium/full. The red pepper, which was traveling to the back of the line makes a resurgence and heads straight for the top of the heap. Everything is burning and my sinuses have been blown open.
The char line has remained perfect. And so far, not a single issue with the wrapper. Knock wood. So to speak. Clearly, the Brazilian Arapiraca is a tougher leaf than the Ecuadorian Connecticut which actually looks frail.
Each swig of water reinvests the flavor profile’s terrific-ocity.
If I had to compare the two blends, I would say that the EC is a craft beer while the BA is a Grey Goose martini.
A nice toastiness appears as I near the halfway point. And it becomes very meaty. I can almost taste the BBQ steak. It is not smoky, just meaty.
The strength is hammering away at medium/full. No nicotine yet, but I am bracing myself for it.
It is raining on and off and my poor cheap camera is only good when it is sunny. So my photos, for a change, are mediocre. I am looking for a real camera…instead of my $90 P.O.S. (Piece Of Shit).
I am really impressed at the consistency of the burn line. It hasn’t required a single touch up and is as close to dead nuts as possible. It appears that the Cosmic Muffin has smiled down upon me this morning.
The last third begins. And once more, no significant changes.
Although, the cigar is much sweeter now. It gives every other flavor a leg up. Tweaking them just a bit…for the better.
I like the size. A little out of my preferred zone. But the large ring gauge really works for this blend.
The last third explodes with flavor giving it the blue ribbon for flavor bomb status.
The spice moves back a couple notches and the creaminess is at the head of the line. It is a scrumptious cigar. Just delectable. Of the two blends, I prefer the BA.
For the last time, here are the flavors in order: Creaminess, sweetness, cocoa, spice, fruitiness, citrus, toastiness, nuttiness, leather, espresso, and cedar.
The cigar has the perfect burn time for me. 90 minutes. You certainly get your money’s worth on the whole line.
I have absolutely no criticisms about the construction of flavor profile. The blend is perfectly balanced with lots of nuance, a long finish, and hearty and complex.
This is a must have cigar. In fact, both the BA and EC are must haves.
I tip my hat to Martin and Rosales for making such wonderful blends and keeping the price points affordable. This will most certainly make it on to “The Katman’s Best 92 Boutique Brands/Blends in the $6-$9 Range.”
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