RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance EC XVIII Faith
Posted by dabyrdman33 on June 13, 2012
Well, I figured that I’ve been away long enough with job hunting and the other things that go along with normal life so I decided to get back to my passion…reviewing cigars. This time I’m bringing you my take on another cigar from the duo of Mike Rosales & Skip Martin at RoMa Craft Tobac. Rather than bore you with the details, I’ll get down to the nitty gritty. I reviewed the Intemperance EC XVIII Faith some time ago, but I’m finally gonna post the results of that review here. The Intemperance line is not nearly as up front in terms of strength as the Cromagnon line but not as mild as the regular Adrian’s Cigars line. I guess you could safely say that Intemperance fits somewhere in the middle. The Faith is a short perfecto with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper produced at Fabrica de Tobacco NicaSueno in Esteli, Nicaragua. Here’s the tale of the tape:
Size: 5 x 50 ring
Vitola: Short Perfecto
The first thing that I notice about the Intemperance cigars is that the wrapper stops just short of the foot to expose the binder and filler, but it’s not shagged or presented in a “frilly” manner. The construction is firmly packed with a wrapper that is clean of spots or blemishes and smooth in texture and appearance. The pre-light draw is filled with sweet, woody notes and a hint of grassiness.
First third: Upon lighting and taking the first few puffs, I am greeted with a sweet flavor that is loaded with notes of wood and toast. The strength is mild while the smoke itself is what I would classify as mild-medium bodied. The ash is predominantly white with some flecks of light grey. The burn is dead even.
Second third: As I progress further into the cigar, I begin to notice a little spice in the retrohale which has become the norm for me with Nicaraguan cigars. The overall flavor profile is still mostly wood and toast flavors. The smoke is thick, smooth, and mellow. The cigar is still mild in strength and holding firmly in that mild-medium range as far as body. The burn is still spot on and serves as a true testament to the effort placed in making sure that this cigar is well-constructed.
At the band: As I near the end, the cigar picks up in strength and body to become solidly medium. The cigar is still incredibly smooth and easy to smoke. There are absolutely no burn or draw issues. This is just a consistent smoke with great flavor throughout.
Final thoughts: While this cigar is not meant for cigar lovers that like heavier cigars (like me), there is definitely a contingent that will find great pleasure in this smoke. It is definitely geared toward mild cigar smokers who want lots of flavor. In my opinion it is great when paired with coffee, rum, or a lighter beer (witbier, lager, etc.). A heavy porter or stout would easily overpower this cigar as would a peaty single malt scotch. This is definitely a cigar that I would reach for as my first smoke in the morning, but if you know me by my posts on Twitter you know I’ll smoke anything at any time of day depending on my mood. My numerical rating brought to you by yourcigarratings.com is 79 out of 100. While I must say, I figured it would easily be in the 85-89 range, the algorithm says otherwise. At any rate, this is definitely a cigar that I will continue to revisit on a regular basis. Let me know what you think. Leave me a comment with your thoughts if you’ve tried it and whether you agree or disagree with the rating.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Until next time, smoke ‘em!