BACKGROUND: This review is on the RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance Brazilian Arapiraca. I first reviewed the 4.5-inch by 52 ring gauge Avarice Short Robusto in Episode 313 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Saturday, April 21, 2012. These stogies have been resting in my humidor for a total of 1 year, 3 months and 11 days and I pulled out 2 samples this past week to revisit this cigar.
The Intemperance is produced in the Nicaraguan factory owned by Michael Rosales and Skip Martin. The factory is named Fabrica de Tobacco NicaSueno and is located in Esteli.
The branding for Intemperance evokes the history of prohibition in the United States, which, despite its dismal failure, continues to march on.
The cigar I’m reviewing today is the Intemperance BA XXI. The BA stands for Brazil Arapiraca and the 21 represents the 21st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, that which repealed prohibition.
The Intemperance is presented in two wrapper varietals and four vitolas.
TASTING NOTES: The Avarice started off with intense flavor on the palate with notes of oak bourbon barrel and dried tobacco leaf. Most of the flavor settled near the back of my palate where it where it coated my tongue with light pepper and earthy notes.
In the beginning few puffs, the retrohale lit up my nasal mucosa like a brush fire. But, after the first inch, that mellowed and presented with a rum-like sweetness.
The performance on this stick was rock solid with an even burn line, smooth draw and a solid, pellet-like ash. I noticed a couple of patches on the wrapper of one of the samples, just a tiny bit of tobacco leaf that no doubt covered a blemish or small imperfection of some sort. This is a regular occurrence in many premium cigars. I can think of only one company (Davidoff) where you are unlikely to find any patches permitted in production. So, it’s a common feature and worth noting, but nothing overly unusual in the cigar industry. And, I might add, patching does not affect the performance or flavors of the cigar.
FINAL THOUGHTS: During the second half the flavor profile remained narrow but tasty. The natural tobacco sweetness became more pronounced and left a nice sweet lingering finish on the palate. The performance also continued to be near perfect as the draw and burn were impeccable.
The Avarice is a perfect size for a short smoke. The combination of length and ring gauge makes for a solid 45-minute smoke. The cigar weighs in at medium in body and strength and medium-full in flavor.
Overall, this is an excellent cigar and one that would be approachable to most cigar smokers. It is a well constructed stick and one that is almost sure to satisfy most palates. This is also a great looking stick. The wrapper leaf is oily and nicely textured and makes for an impressive presentation.
Final verdict: Buy, try and enjoy.
These cigars are stored as singles on a shelf in my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. They are protected by individual cellophane wrappers, which I've left intact. This is the second and final podcast review on these sticks, which have been aging in my humidor for 1 year, 3 months and 11 days.