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RoMa Craft Tobac Neanderthal

RoMa Craft Neanderthal

Skip Martin knows a thing or two about blending a cigar. In his workshop Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño he has crafted the companies strongest cigar to date. the ligero holds two to three times the normal amount for a typical ligero. This is where the massive strength of this cigar comes from.

Brand: RoMa Craft Tobac

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Connecticut Broadleaf, Nicaraguan (Condega, Estelí, Jalapa and Pueblo Nuevo), Dominican Olor Ligero and Pennsylvania “Green River Sucker One” double ligero

Strength: Full Plus

Size: Robusto 5.0 x 52/56 (HN)

Price: $12.00


The toothy deep brown Mexican San Andres wrapper has a musty tobacco and raisin scent to it. The shape of this cigar is what makes it really catch your eye. A flat top with a wide base toward the foot. RoMa Craft does a great job with its band designs and this is no exception. The embossed design with the small details such as the clay color, under band with cave drawings, really make this Stand out. I snip the top, puff in and get a taste of classic tobacco and pepper on the cold draw.

First puffs– A heavy dose of black pepper assaults my taste buds, it rushes through harshly. Backed up by a dark roast coffee, it’s a powerful start to this cigar. The draw is fantastic and the burn starts out evenly.

First third– Black Pepper with a rich salty earthy kick sets up a great start. I get notes off chocolate and coffee as well. There is a thick meatiness to the smoke, it has substance to it. There is also a small amount of sugary sweetness coming from the broadleaf wrapper. The strength is at a full with a great draw and almost perfect burn line.

RoMa Craft Tobac Neanderthal

Second third– The sweetness had moved more toward the front followed by the rich chocolate notes. Underneath is a solid base of pepper and earth. So far it has been very creamy and smooth, full in flavor and strength, really easy to smoke. The ash has been tight and burn line solid.

Final third– Finally letting up a bit in the strength department, but still has the pepper kick. Mostly chocolate and natural sweetness left to sooth your palate on the way out. Still drawing very well and burning nicely.

Rating93(The flavors were blended superbly, construction was very good, burn was good also. The strength was sometimes too much however, could have played a bit more with flavors.)


Overall a fantastic cigar for someone who loves a full bodied strong smoke. The warnings of it being super strong seemed to fall a tad short for me, maybe I smoke too many cigars, but it didn’t knock me down. I would for sure smoke this again and would buy a fiver to see how these age.


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