In February 2013, RoMa Craft Tobac announced a store exclusive for R. Field Wine Co. in Hawaii called the CroMagnon Venus. The Venus name stemmed from "fertility figurines are thought to have been at the center of a Cro-Magnon religious fertility practice. [E]vidence of the culture that differentiates Cro-Magnon as Early Modern Humans from the more primitive Neanderthals." The CroMagnon Venus debuted in September of 2013.
Following up on the success of the CroMagnon Venus, Skip Martin announced in April that a similar petit salamon vitola was being created for the Aquitaine line appropriately called Aquitaine Venus. Similar to the CroMagnon Venus, the Aquitaine Venus would be a shop exclusive - this time for Doc James Cigars & Golf of Shrub Oak, NY. The Aquitaine Venus is sold in boxes of 10. Let's dive in...
RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Venus
Size: 6.5 x 56
Vitola: Petit Salamon
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Filler: Nicaraguan from Esteli, Condega and a ligero from a small farm on the Honduran border named Pueblo Nuevo
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One
Price Point: $10.00
Cigar Purchased: Samples
Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.
Aquitaine Venus includes the typical RoMa band - brown with white trim. The RoMa Craft Tobac logo is in white on the back, and 'Aquitaine' is embossed on the front. The wrapper is a rustic brown with some minor veins throughout and one seam that you can follow from top to bottom. The cigar is a salamon shape so it includes a closed cap as well as a cap of some sorts on the foot. A sniff of the foot reveals faint earth notes dominated by tobacco. A pre-light draw reveals more of the same, but a subtle spice in the back of the throat.
Immediately off the light, you are jolted with pepper. Due to the salamon vitola, the initial draws have a bit more restriction than I like, but this is to be expected. Very quickly, the pepper mellows, the draw opens, and earth and tobacco take center stage on the front of the tongue with the pepper remaining on the finish. As I'm smoking through the beginning of this cigar, I will occasionally get some fruity sweetness, but this comes and goes sporadically. The ash is a bit flaky, but held on for a bit more than an inch before it fell off.
The middle of the cigar is much of the same. Cedar with a bit of sweetness is evident on the front with pepper remaining on the finish and through the nose. The ash is flaky, but holding firm for an inch or so at a time. The draw is fantastic. Just as I'm wrapping up the middle third and heading into the finale, the cigar goes out and I have to knock the ash and relight.
As I enter the final third, the spice is ramped way back up. This might be because I had to relight the cigar - we'll have to see how this plays out. The spice bomb I initially get in the final third must have been due to the relight because, while the spice has ramped up, its now just the dominant flavor - the cigar hasn't become a spice bomb. I still get some cedar with some slight bitter flavors, but the sweetness I noted before is gone. As I wrapped the cigar, the nub got a bit soft, but still provided an enjoyable experience to the end.
My opinion on RoMa Craft's offerings has been mixed. Some of the cigars I've smoked from them have been amazing while some I have found were strong just to be strong in my opinion. Of late, the recent offerings from the brand have been predominantly enjoyable and the Venus fits that bill. I don't think I'm going to track down a box of these, but I'll definitely grab a few to have in the humidor.
Rating: 89 AKA “Five Pack"