A.W.S. IV (Lonsdale), 6.5 x 44
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
|Cigar age||0 yr. 3.7 mo.|
BACKGROUND: When Mike Rosales and Skip Martin announced the formation of a new boutique cigar company in January of 2012, Intemperance was the first cigar they released under their newly formed RoMa Craft Tobac company.
The branding for Intemperance evokes the history of prohibition in the United States and features a logo inspired by the temperance movement.
Intemperance is presented in two wrapper varietals; an Ecuadorian Connecticut-wrapped version called the EC XVIII and a Brazilian Arapiraca-wrapped BA XXI.
Of course, the Roman numerals in the names of each Intemperance line are loaded with meaning. The EC, besides referring to the wrapper type, also includes the number XVIII, which alludes to 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States that established a national prohibition on the consumption of ‘intoxicating liquors.’ The BA stands for Brazilian Arapiraca and the Roman numeral XXI represents the 21st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, that which repealed prohibition.
The Intemperance is produced in the RoMa Craft Esteli, Nicaragua factory, NicaSueno and comes in 5 sizes.
TASTING NOTES: The Brazilian Intemperance in the Lonsdale size made quite an impression on me. It rocked my palate from the moment I took the first puff. This Stick started with rich, earthy flavors with espresso, smoky mesquite wood and bittersweet chocolate. Retrohaling the smoke added a huge dose of Baker’s cocoa and black pepper spice. The finish and aftertaste reminded me of biting into an espresso bean.
Given my description of the flavors, you might think that this is a strong cigar, but it is not overpowering in strength. I think it may be beyond a beginner’s palate, but I believe most, if not all, experienced smokers will enjoy this flavor profile.
I found myself really appreciating both the fullness of flavors on the palate, retrohale and finish, as well as the complexity displayed by this cigar. The thinness of the ring gauge really allowed me to experience the unique qualities of the Brazilian wrapper and I was able to distinguish those flavors from, say, a Mexican San Andres or Connecticut Broadleaf.
The performance was also outstanding. The draw was nearly perfect and the burn line was even overall. The ash was a bit flaky, which served as a reminder for me to tap off regularly in half-inch chunks.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The Brazilian Intemperance in the 6.5-inch x 44 Lonsdale size was an outstanding smoke. It displayed the perfect balance between in-your-face flavor and complexity. It also had an earthy sweetness that kept the flavors in balance even while delivering a bold smoke.
Add this to the solid performance and fair price point and the only question left to ask is, “Where can I get them and how many should I buy?”
This vitola matches perfectly with the blend and allows this smoke to display the very best characteristics of the tobacco.
I highly recommend this smoke to all experienced cigar smokers and it is also a great match with a variety of coffees. My favorite coffees that I’ve matched with this Lonsdale are Guatemalan Huehuetenango and Guatemalan Antigua single origin coffees. (RoMa Craft also has some specially blended coffee that was made to match with their sticks.)
Final verdict: Buy a handful or a box of these sticks and enjoy.
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