Aquitaine Mode 5 by RoMa Craft Tobac | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Binder: African Cameroon
Filler: Nicaragua Esteli, Condega, and a ligero leaf from Pueblo Nuevo
Size: 5 x 50 “Short Perfecto”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $6.29 by the box
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This is the latest and newest release from RoMa Craft Tobac. Released at the end of 2013. The stick comes in only one size.

The cigar is gorgeous in the sunlight. All wrinkly and oily like a newborn baby. Lumpy and bumpy. Lots of veins. A triple cap that is a bit sloppy. The wrapper is a dark coffee bean and a little toothy. The cigar is packed hard with tobacco.

I V cut the cap and find aromas of brown sugar, bread, sweetness, spice, cedar, and fruity.
Time to light up.

The draw is good but maybe a bit tight. First flavors are nutty. Sweetness. Cedar. Toasty. Bitter espresso.
Black pepper shows up in force after a minute or two. The nuttiness is very strong. There is a black tea element. Very leathery. And some saltiness.
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I admire RoMa Craft Tobac because they put out a consistent product that is reasonably priced so everyone can enjoy them.

Black cherry enters the picture. The spiciness moves from black to red pepper and continues to grow in strength.

The stick is very earthy. The bitter espresso goes away and is replaced by strong coffee.
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The whole profile is on the dark side. Flavors all based on earthiness.

I allowed the cigar to rest for almost three weeks in my humidor. The entire list of blends from RoMa Craft are pretty much good to go in just 2-3 weeks.

I got this cigar in a great 3 pack deal from Doc James. You get one Mode 5, one RoMa Craft CroMagnon Fomorian EMH, and one RoMa Craft CroMagnon Mandible for $23. A good way to try some blends before deciding what you like best. Plus the customer service is impeccable. They sell a 3 pack of the Mode 5 for $19.

The stick is a very slow burner. I was concerned because of the size and shape that it might burn quickly. No worries. I’ve been smoking it for 10 minutes and only burned an inch.
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I read a review where the guy said he tasted chicken soup. Now as a Jew, I should be able to taste that. At least the matzoh balls. But so far, no chicken soup. I’m surprised that Kinky Friedman didn’t have a chicken soup flavored cigar.

2” in, the flavor profile explodes. Here are the flavors: Earthiness, creaminess, nutty, cocoa, coffee, sweetness, cedar, toast, tea, leather, and black cherry.

Here is one more example of an excellent cigar where the price range is affordable. Some blenders get it and others don’t. RoMa Craft has no giant PR machine and depends on word of mouth which seems to work for them as their product is so consistently good.

Hava Cigar Shop is the home of Skip Martin and Michael Rosales. Every single cigar made by RoMa Craft Tobac is available there. But Doc James has a huge selection as well. The only problem with both stores is that they are frequently out of stock on a lot of items. Hava Cigar Shop sells a 5 pack of Mode 5 for $35. For some reason, Doc James’ prices are a bit cheaper than Hava Cigar Shop.

Before I know it, I’m at the halfway point. Flavors are cooking. Strength has moved to medium/full.
Creaminess and nuttiness rule the day on this blend.
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The cigar band is one layered on top of the other. The brown band sits on top of a white band with impressions of strange figures that is very difficult to see. The brown band comes off easily. But with every RoMa Craft cigar I smoke, getting the white band off is a chore and I end up ripping it off. Too much glue.

The last third begins. This is the sweet spot. And the blend becomes very complex. I recommend this cigar for the experienced smoker. It is a strong cigar with a lot of flavor. Because there are so many flavors, a good palate is required. I’m sure that everyone will have their own experience with the myriad of flavors.

The strength moves to full bodied.
Some bitterness creeps in.

I’m not a fan of perfectos. The last inch is hard to smoke. And they tend to be a little harsh at that point. Someone needs to market a cigar roach clip. Or I could just go online and buy a roach clip from a head shop. The problem with a real roach clip is that it would put a lot of pressure on the end of the cigar.
I’ve been smoking the cigar for an hour now with 1-1/2” to go.
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The cigar finishes out without the harshness. And no nicotine.

I like everything that RoMa Craft Tobac puts out. The cigars are unusual and interesting. At this price, with lots of options for buying them, it is certainly a blend you should try.
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