Review: Roma Craft Tobac Craft Series 2013 La Campaña de Panamá Soberana

Released at IPCPR this year, the Roma Craft Tobac Craft Series is the newest cigar owners Skip and Mike have released.  The La Campaña is a 2013 limited release with only 10,000 cigars being made. The La Campaña basically takes every tobacco Roma Craft cigars use, minus the Indonesian binder from the Intemperance line, and combines them into one cigar. You can read more about the cigar below which was written by Charlie at Halfwheel.

 

La Campaña de Panamá Soberana is the first of these annual series, a roughly five-inch cigar that uses ten different types of tobacco, virtually every component RoMa Craft Tobac uses across its four regular lines.

 

The wrapper is comprised of the best Ecuadorian Habano that the company uses for its Acquitaine line. In addition, lighter Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and darker Brazilian Ariparaca, from the Intemperance BA, adorn the front. Martin told halfwheel the wrapper used its top five percent Ecuadorian wrapper for the CRAFT release.

 

RoMa Craft Tobac uses the CroMagnon’s U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper as the binder for the La Campaña de Panamá Soberana while two secos, two visos and two ligeros make up the filler combination. It’s described as mainly Nicaraguan, but Martin acknowledged there’s a small amount of Cameroon in the filler. The only tobacco RoMa Craft uses elsewhere that isn’t in the CRAFT release is the Indonesian binder the company uses for its Intemperance line.

 

Only 1,000 boxes of 10 La Campaña de Panamá Soberanas will be released with pricing set at $150.00 per box or $15.00 per cigar. The company will show the cigar off at the annual International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association Convention & Trade Show in July and ship the initial CRAFT release in November.

 

It’s go time!

Roma Craft Tobac CRAFT 2013 La Campaña de Panamá Soberana

Vitola: Belicoso

Size: 5 x 60 tapering to a 46

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut & Brazilian Ariparaca

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Nicaraguan & Cameroon

Beverage: Sweet Tea

Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two

Smoking Time: 110 Minutes

Price Point: $15

Cigar Purchased: Got it from Skip’s wife

 

Setting the Context

I hate to give Skip credit for anything, but I do love Roma Craft cigars. I think at one point I might have been their best customer. Skip has called me “an opportunistic weasel”, and I wouldn’t deny it. Skip used to work at Dell as well and it’s  probably why he is just as big of an a****** as me.

 

Construction

For the La Campaña being such an odd vitola, the construction seems to be top notch. There are no soft spots in the roll, the foot is enclosed perfectly, and the foot stripe tobaccos are even with no seams. Most of the times I find with these “craft” vitolas the construction will be off in one way or the other, but here that isn't the case.

 

Cold Draw

When I nosed the foot of the cigar it was difficult to get any flavors with the foot being enclosed. I did pick up a few faint barnyard notes.

 

I was really surprised how much air I was able to move through the La Campaña. The La Campaña being tightly rolled and having an enclosed foot, I was expecting to have a little difficulty getting air though the cigar. This was not the case at all. I get more pronounced barnyard notes and notes of cedar, fruity sweetness, rich tobacco, and a very strong black pepper.

 

First Half

I got a blast of black pepper up front, which mellowed very quickly into notes of leather and hay. The La Campaña turns very woody and remains this way for quite a while. There are notes of a sweetness that I would compare to brown sugar. I think like most Roma Craft cigars, the La Campaña was blended for the full strength cigar smoker. I smoked the La Campaña in the morning, and I wasn’t reeling from the strength, but there was a nice nicotine hit. Frankly, it kinda crept up on me, and the next thing I knew I had a little nicotine buzz going.

 

The draw on the La Campaña is effortless, but thus far the flavors haven’t been as multi-dimensional and complex as I would have expected. Thus far, the woody notes which I would compare to cedar and the brown sugar sweetness dominated. I found myself stretching for something else, and it wasn’t there.

 

I did get a few notes of earth as I smoked past the final conny ring on the foot. The ash on the La Campaña held on for a lot longer than I expected it would.

 

Second Half

The second half the sweetness did kick it up a notch and took over the cedar notes as the dominate flavor. I am surprised by this point that there hasn’t been more of a shift in the flavor profile of the La Campaña.

 

As the taper on the La Campaña started to decrease, I started to pick up a few notes of leather. The more I smoked and the smaller the taper became the leather became a bit harsher and was mixed with almost a bitter chocolate.

 

The more I smoke the more and more I pick up the slight bitter notes.  It isn’t that they are unpleasant just that they seem to dominate the flavor profile.

 

Conclusion

Some people might read what I am about to say out of context, so I will try to be as clear as I can.

 

I think growth Skip and Mike have seen in the last two years has been outstanding. They make great cigars and they do a great job with social media. I loved the first release of the CroMagnon.  I don’t like conny’s but I love the Intemperance. I might love the Aquitaine more, at this point I don’t know. What I do know is when Roma Craft tries to get “cute” is when they don’t produce cigars which blow everyone away like the CroMagnon, Intemperance, and Aquitaine do.

 

I feel this deviation occurred with the Slobberknocker, Femer, and La Campaña. La Campaña tries to use all the tobacco from all of their cigars and I get it is clever and the vitola is interesting, but for $15? I don’t see the logic is taking the tobacco from two $7.5 cigars mashing it all up and doubling the price, especially when the experience isn’t doubled.

 

Don’t get me wrong the La Campaña isn’t a bad cigar, but for someone who has smoked literally all the Roma Craft stuff knows the core line is better, and cheaper. I know there will be people out there that love this cigar, but I would be willing to bet they haven’t smoked a shit ton of other Roma Craft stuff.

 

I am just waiting for the next core Roma Craft release, because I am sure it will be amazing.

 

Final Thoughts

When you look at pictures of the La Campaña you might think, “what shape is that cigar”? I personally thought the same think myself. I would classify it as a Belicoso, but it is more of a funnel shape which tapers from a 60 ring gauge at the foot to a 46 ring gauge at the cap.

 

I really liked the “cello” that the La Campaña was housed in. It was open at both ends, which was pretty cool and different.

 

Finally, Skip might be the hardest person to weasel a cigar off of, ever.


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Comment by Generally Useful Jared on October 23, 2013 at 8:44am

Hard to believe with that many different tobaccos in there that there were not more flavors, in fact, one might expect to be having flavors shift all over the place. I have two Cromagnons sitting in the humi I picked up from my last binge buy, but this one seems more like you're better off grabbing more of their other stuff instead, though I'm also sure at such a limited supply, they'll all disappear.


MFCEO
Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on October 23, 2013 at 9:35am

I think you are right. All of their normal line stuff is really good. I think that there is just so much going on that many of the flavors get lost in the mix.

Comment by Mrs007MI6 on October 23, 2013 at 1:33pm

Did you use your timer to do this smoke? 


Brand
Comment by RobbyRas on October 23, 2013 at 4:07pm

Logan has a bazaro man-crush on Skip... it's the strangest thing I have ever seen...

With that said, I just got my samples today, so I'll fire one up tomorrow... this is a CRAZY looking cigar!!! the pics really don't express how BIG the foot is


MFCEO
Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on October 23, 2013 at 5:33pm

Tina - I don't really have to do that anymore. I have slowed down a ton on my smoking intervals :)

Rob - every day I hate you more. Yes, the foot is freaking massive. 60 ring gauge.

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