Well, due to some shipping delays, I have not received my new AKA reinforcements. Therefore, I will have to delay my Hybrid & Respect 2011 reviews. Although, I do have a sweet stand-in. Somehow, this RoMa Craft Cromagnon Mode 5 has been hiding in my humidor since July of 2013. I was able to obtain this cigar from Skip Martin and I don’t know how it avoided my cutter for this long.
The Cromagnon Mode 5 is a hit with me right off the bat. I love perfectos and this cigar is superbly rolled. The wrapper is a dark, muddled coffee bean color, with minimal smooth veins. The point on the tip is sharp, the foot is very well shaped and the seams are all but invisible. Once clipped, the draw is absolutely perfect. It has a smooth, sweet tasting flavor on the cold draw and is a little bit meaty.
The foot lit perfectly and started pouring out smoke. WOW! This Cromagnon Mode 5 starts off with an explosion of flavors! There was a slight tingle on my tongue, but it was just a side note to the smokey earth flavor. Beef jerky is the dominant flavor in this third, very meaty and smokey. The last quarter inch of this third started to lighten up and the thick, meaty smokiness lessened. The Mode 5’s burn was razor sharp, with huge plumes of smoke.
The ash from this Cromagnon Mode 5 is still hanging on as I start the second third. The smoke, although still full and white on the exhale, is not as heavy and thick in the mouth. The predominant flavors are a smokey meat flavor and some pepper notes on the background. The burn continued to be dead on, with nice billows of white smoke. The ash held on for the entire third again, but I dropped it on the floor. :(
The final third of the Mode 5 continues where the second third left off, with a smooth, meaty smokiness. The burn, ash and smoke production were spot on from the first light. The flavors were mouth watering, medium-full bodied, and definitely full flavored. Not that I am surprised…RoMa Craft has been thoroughly impressing me lately. This is how most of them end for me…with the Cigar Clip doing its job. :)