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CA Report: Top New Cigars – Mar. 23 2018

Cigar Advisor Picks: Top New Cigars (Mar 23, 2018)

By Fred Lunt

Are we cutting down the nets yet? Or was your bracket busted with the Round 1 upsets?

While we’re not all quite ready for that warm cigar-smoking weather, we’re kicking the humidor warehouse forklifts into overdrive and keeping the brackets handy to ship you those hot new cigars in time for your college basketball tournament victory cigar needs.

In this pandemonium-laden edition of Top New Cigars, we’ve got all the crafty goodness from boutique cigar makers RoMa Craft – and a hot-off-the-press exclusive from AJ Fernandez. Grab a cold one and settle in for the Madness!


RoMa Craft CroMagnon Aquitaine Anthropology

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Explaining how these brackets work to your wife and your “uninitiated” friends can be quite a headache. So when it’s time to show them how it’s done, you’re going to need a stout Nicaraguan boutique to take that edge off. Cue RoMa Craft CroMagnon Aquitaine Anthropology- a full-bodied skull buster with a slam dunk, all Nicaraguan ligero core, boxed in a luxurious Cameroon binder and a zesty Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. A smoky, robust, and savory cigar to clear that headache right up. Consider this limited production smoke the 6th man to your cigar collection.

RoMa Craft Intemperance BA XXI AWS IV

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There’s nothing like binge-watching basketball all day with a few piping hot pizzas and a few pitchers of beer to wash it down- but we know we can do better. The Intemperance BA XXI AWS IV, yes it’s a mouthful, comes as a limited run Lonsdale size with gobs of rich flavor in a medium body. Can you say swish? This premium is hits the trifecta for a day of sporting fun.

RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XCVIII Humility

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So you won your pool and the envy of everyone at the office, congrats! Now it’s time to put that victory money to good use with a celebratory boutique. While you’ve got the cash on you, grab yourself some of these rare, limited-run Roma Craft EC XCVIII Humility (long enough name for ya?). This specially-produced panatela packs a wallop of medium-bodied flavor via the smooth blending of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers in an Indonesian binder with the ever-so smooth Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, all scaled down to a more modest 37-ring. Go ahead, you’ve earned these!

Indomina by AJ Fernandez

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If your bracket crashed and burned in the first round (see UVA vs. UMBC) you’re going to need some coping cigars. While your bracket is broken and busted, Indomina by AJ Fernandez is an untamable basket-mashing beast that’s loaded with complex flavors of dark woods, cocoa, and pepper. From the opening tip off to the final buzzer, the complexity of this new cigar helped it earn a big thumbs up from the Cigar Advisors. Curious? Check out our Advisor review panel’s tasting notes for the Indomina here.


That’s it for this week – but stay tuned, warmer weather here up north means cigar season is just around the corner!

Fred Lunt

Fred Lunt


Fred Lunt was discovered to be the youngest cigar smoker in his family shortly after setting his crib ablaze; today, he's added an avid whiskey and craft beer appetite to his lineup. Fred has worked in marketing, blogging and communications at boutique PR agencies across New York and has personally had the pleasure of witnessing over four breakdancing shows in a single commute on the NYC subway. Prior to his work in marketing Fred was a student of communications at Temple University and still holds illusions that Temple has a better football program than Penn State.

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