Episode 479: RoMa Craft Tobac Neanderthal HN Figurado


BACKGROUND: After being introduced to a Pennsylvania Double Ligero known as Green River Valley Sucker One (GR-S1), RoMa Craft co-founder Skip Martin decided to use this tobacco as a catalyst for a full-bodied blend. This broadleaf from Pennsylvania possesses naturally high levels of nicotine and, in fact, two to three times the nicotine of any other leaf used by Martin in his factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The end result was called: Neanderthal.


Neanderthal is constructed using a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, a Connecticut broadleaf binder and filler tobaccos from Condega, Estelí, Jalapa and Pueblo Nuevo in Nicaragua and with ligero provided from the Dominican Republic and Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvanian leaf contributes greatly toward making this blend the strongest that RoMa Craft Tobac has offered to date.

This week’s featured stogie is the 5-inch by 58 ring gauge HN Figurado.

FEATURED LIBATION: Laphroaig 10-Year Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The original Laphroaig, distilled the same way today as when Ian Hunter invented it over 75 years ago. In making Laphroaig, malted barley is dried or smoked over a peat fire. The smoke from this peat, found only on Islay, gives Laphroaig its particularly rich and distinct flavor.


Original Cask Strength Laphroaig is bottled at natural distillery strength, which in this case is 56.3%ABV.

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks”
Topic: Humidifiers– Active or Passive?

Doc and Christina answer questions from Stogie Fresh 5 listeners


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Episode 425: Intemperance Brazilian Arapiraca


BACKGROUND: Intemperance is presented in two wrapper varietals; an Ecuadorian Connecticut-wrapped version called the EC XVIII and a Brazilian Arapiraca-wrapped BA XXI.


The BA stands for Brazil Arapiraca and the Roman numeral XXI represents the 21st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, that which repealed prohibition.

The Intemperance is produced in the RoMa Craft Esteli, Nicaragua factory: NicaSueño and comes in 5 sizes. This week’s featured cigar is the 6.5-inch by 44 ring gauge Lonsdale.

Intemperance BA

FEATURED LIBATION: Intemperance Cigar Blend Coffee
Intemperance Cigar Blend Coffee is a small batch artisan release limited to 4,000 bags in 2014.

The coffee beans used in the Intemperance Cigar Blend Coffee are being grown in Nicaragua at an altitude of 1,100m. The selection, roast, grind, and packaging is completed under the supervision of Colin Ganley of Twin Engine Coffee Company in Nicaragua.


  • Last weekend, I was interviewed by Mike and Mike, over at Stogie411.
  • Last weekend Doc went wine tasting and then had a herf with buddies.


DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Juanito’s 4-19 Torpedo
I first featured the 4-19 Torpedo in Episode 356 on Sunday, March 24, 2013. These cigars have been resting peacefully for 1 year, 9 months and 8 days and I pulled out my final samples for this review.

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