The Intemperance is the first release under RoMa Craft Tobac, a brand that was quick to make a name for itself in the craft cigar market. The line launched with two cigars: the EC XVIII and BA XXI—featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut and a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper, respectively. The Intemperance line evokes the history of the prohibition of alcohol, with roots from the 19th century to early 20th century, manifesting itself in the form of the 18th (EC XVIII) and 21st (BA XXI) constitutional amendments. The temperance movement first began after the Great War, with the notion of alcohol being interchangeable with poison. Soon, religious groups and those alike warned of the ‘evils’ of alcohol across the globe.
In 1919, the temperance movement deemed successful with the ratification of the 18th amendment, making the national prohibition on the consumption of ‘intoxicating liquors’. This made anyone crafting, purchasing, or consuming alcohol a criminal. After more than a decade, and a fatal blow to our economy, the public opinion was finally realized back to common sense, and thus borne the 21st amendment—repealing the 18th amendment.
This brings us to today, with the modern re-appearance of a similar temperance movement. Only this time, instead of the mass public criticizing alcohol consumption, it has turned its voice toward the tobacco industry. Every day, more and more laws are being passed/introduced in an effort to completely destroy the hobby cigar enthusiasts love. RoMa Craft draws attention to the seemingly inevitable repeating of history with their bold Intemperance lineup.
Intemperance BA XXI Breakdown
- Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
- Binder: Indonesian
- Filler: Nicaragua | Dominican Republic
- Factory: Fabrica de Tobacco NicaSueño (Esteli, Nicaragua)
- Production: Regular Release
- Vitola: 5″ × 56 “The Breach of Peace” Gran Robusto
- Price: $7.50
The Intemperance is one of RoMa Craft’s top sellers since launch. Many cigar smokers these days look for a cigar with the most strength imaginable, and RoMa Craft is known for pushing the boundaries of bold smoking experiences. Although the Intemperance is said to not pack quite a punch as others like the CroMagnon and Neanderthal, you can be sure that it won’t go easy on you.
The dark Arapiraca wrapper looks crisp and well constructed. The wrapper has a dry, toothy finish, with a quarter inch shaggy foot. The triple cap is flawless and cuts easily, revealing a musty chocolate and herb cold draw. Once lit, a more pleasing bouquet of flavors is revealed: chocolate, nutmeg, and a little pepper zest, with a smooth tobacco and coffee finish. The body is full and the strength is starting out at about a mild-medium. The draw is flawless, with just the right amount of resistance.
Towards the first third, the profile of the Intemperance is sweet and creamy. Composing of milk chocolate and espresso on the forefront, with a decent spice building on the back of the palate. There is a kind of ginger, with a cedar aroma on the finish bringing more of a dry smoke through the retro-hale.
About thirty minutes in and you begin to feel the strength revving its engine. It doesn’t overpower the body’s flavor, but you can definitely feel it in your sinuses. Luckily, though, the strength never goes beyond the body—even down to the nub. I’ve come to expect superb construction from any of Skip & Michael’s creations, and the Intemperance is no exception. Before lighting up, the cigar had an extremely firm and tight roll, but to my delight, the draw didn’t suffer at all—maintaining a fluid and smoke-filled experience. Creamy, woody, and a decent punch of coffee and spices—delicious.
Would I Smoke This Cigar Again?
Absolutely! For the price, if you’re searching for a strong cigar with even more flavor, you can’t go wrong. Although the cigar is on RoMa’s “milder” side, the strength is a definite factor—it may still be advisable for ‘light-weights’ to avoid and would probably be better suited to enjoy at night with a full stomach. If you enjoy bold and flavorful cigars, buy a box.
- Bold & decedent flavor
- Top notch construction
- Near-perfect draw
- Not Very Complex
- Strength isn’t very accessible