I met Skip Martin from RoMa Craft back in 2014, at the legendary Cigar Zone club in Esteli, Nicaragua where our mutual friend Pedro Gomez Rodriguez introduced us. We met again in 2015 in Managua where we shared the same hotel. Late 2016 Skip came to Europe, to my backyard of Amsterdam and we hung out at my man cave with his girlfriend Arlen and Annemarie Schuster, from Schuster Cigars.
At that time, Skip handed me some prerelease cigars of his project for the Schuster family, the Wunder|Lust. Those cigars are only available on the international markets, and some of the tobacco comes from Schuster Cigars. Rumors say that there is some Cuban tobacco used in the blend, and that’s why the cigars aren’t for sale on the domestic market. Both RoMa Craft and Schuster won’t respond to that rumor, but since RoMa Craft is an American company using Cuban tobacco is prohibited and I don’t think the company would take such a risk.
The wrapper is dark, quite oily but a little rough looking, like almost all Brazilian tobacco does. Leathery almost, with some tooth at the top. RoMa Craft uses a double band on all their cigars, first a white band slightly larger than the printed band. The printed band, in this case, is baby blue, a color not often used in cigars and it has a fresh look. The word
Wunder|lust is printed in a playful font. Clean, simple, fresh with the Roma logo at the backside of the ring as a finishing touch. The cigar has a little spongy feel, it isn’t overfilled, feels quite right. The aroma, stable and barnyard, is quite strong.
Because of the shape of the cigar, I had no option but to cut. I used a butterfly cutter. The cold draw is perfect. The flavor in the predraw is spicy, mildly bitter and leathery. The cigar starts leathery and earthy. Soon after I also taste a toasty and herbal flavor. After a centimeter, I taste some mild vanilla sweetness, mild creamy too. After a third, I taste an earthy flavor with some licorice. Halfway I get more smooth cedar, the vanilla still lingers around too with a little fresh cut grass, slightly metallic aftertaste. Slowly some sour flavor shows up. The final third starts peppery then a nice smooth cedar shows up too with some walnut. In the dying puffs of the cigar, I taste some sweetness underneath the spice and pepper.
The cigar produces a lot of smoke, blueish white, quite thick. The ash is quite dark but firm. The burn is slow and didn’t need touch ups as it is straight. The evolution is great in this full-bodied, full-flavored cigar. The smoke times is a whopping two hours and thirty minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt.