Intemperance is defined as- lack of moderation or restraint and in the case of cigars I find myself in that category. I love my cigars, I enjoy them anytime of the day and always have a few on me wherever I go. Of course if you enjoy cigars you know exactly what I am talking about.
So it goes without saying, that naming a cigar “Intemperance”, as RoMa Craft Tobac and Skip Martin did in 2012 it fed right to our desires.
In the words of the great American author, Mark Twain;
“I never smoke to excess – that is, I smoke in moderation, only one cigar at a time”
The RoMa Craft website explains:
“The branding for Intemperance evokes the history of prohibition and features a logo inspired by a famous artifact of the temperance movement, a propaganda poster/political print produced by a temperance hymnodist, A.D. Fillmore in 1855.”
- Wrapper – Ecuador Connecticut
- Binder – Indonesia
- Filler – Nicaragua/Dominican Republic
The Intemperance EC XVIII is available in 5 vitolas and comes packaged in 24-count cedar cabinet boxes.
- The Charity – 4 x 46 Petito – (MSRP $5.25)
- The Virtue – 4.5 x 52 Short Robusto – (MSRP $6.00)
- The Faith – 5 x 50 Short Perfecto – (MSRP $6.50)
- The Brotherly Kindness – 5 x 56 Gran Robusto – (MSRP $7.00)
- The Industry – 5.5 x 54 Belicoso – (MSRP $7.00)
Today’s review focuses on the Intemperance EC XVIII – The Virtue.
The RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII is a golden tan, silky smooth, cigar that has a slightly exposed binder on the foot. It is finished with a well applied double cap. There is practically no veins along the barrel, the seams are tight, and the cigar is packed tight and heavy in the hand. Now before I get into the review, let me say the price on this cigar is amazing and the look is stunning so anything it offers is going to be a bonus and as you will read it is a big bonus!
The Intemperance EC XVIII is adorned with a single band that simply states “Intemperance Cigars “. Why spend extra for the band when the cigar is what we want anyway – kudos to Skip for keeping it simple.
Running the cigar across the nose, I picked up aromas of sweet hay and fruit on the foot and a sweet musky aroma on the wrapper.
Once the cap was sliced off, the cold draw offered palate tempting notes of cinnamon, sweetness, and a growing pepper as I rolling it about. The draw was perfectly restricted.
Like I said this is a fine cigar and we are just getting started!
Cigar Review Notes
- Initial light brings the sweetness and cinnamon to the palate getting things rolling right from the start
- Roasted nut joins the mix early
- Salt and pepper ash develops on a straight and medium char line
- Flavors have maintained through the first third with the natural sweetness increasing
- There is a floral fruit aroma wafting off the long
- The ash is solid and well-formed
- Oils develop well on the wrapper above the burn line
- A bitter citrus peel appears into the second third – much akin to an IPA bitterness
- The bitterness is in a tango with the sweetness for dominance like sugar on grapefruit
- My puff rate slowed and I had to tap the ash to relight or the ash would have lasted longer
- The burn cone is centered and flat
- Sweet Buttery notes enter near end of second third as the bitter fades
- Cedar and leather notes finish the journey down to the nub
- Mild to Medium in Strength
- Total Smoking Time was 1 hour and 15 minutes
Overall, the RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII was an excellent performing cigar that started with delicious flavor notes and evolved into a dance of flavors. Though some may not find the bitter notes appealing, I liked how it balanced with the sweetness. The burn was pristine and for the price this is an easy box buy or split to keep in your rotation. I would certainly enjoy this as a morning cigar with a sweet cup of coffee. Intemperance indeed, I need to smoke more!
Point Deductions: (-1) Flat Burn Cone; (-1) Mild Wave in Burn; (-1) Touch of Bitterness
Bonus Points: (+1) Nice Oiling above the Burn Line