Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Neanderthal H-Town Lancero (Stogies Exclusive)
Roma Craft Tobac / Stogies World Class Cigars
Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
Binder: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & USA (Pennsylvania)
Size: 7” x 38
Overall Rating: 9.3
Stogies’ H-Town Lancero Series has had many great cigars, but it seems like the last several have been among the best and would be a hard act to follow. Skip Martin’s RoMa Craft Tobac has managed to continue the high standards set by earlier H-Town releases with his Neanderthal H-Town Lancero. Full bodied and flavorful, the Neanderthal H-Town is unlike any other cigar in the series of lanceros made exclusively for Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas.
Pre-Light: The Neanderthal is definitely the most unique looking lancero in the H-Town Series, which one would expect nice it is based on a one of the more unique looking cigars on the market. The cigar itself features a San Andrés maduro wrapper that make the orange band and white secondary band to really stand out. Like the original Neanderthal, the H-Town features a flat cap. The combination of the flat head, visible construction seams and occasional veins all remind me of Frankenstein’s monster more than a neanderthal, but it could just be me. Somehow the RoMa Craft Neanderthal H-Town seems both rugged and refined at the same time.
The aromas from the wrapper is not very pronounced, but there is a bit of earth and leather to the Mexican San Andrés wrapper. From the unlit foot there is a good deal of sweet cinnamon with just the slightest hint of cocoa. An easy cold draw allows through sweet cinnamon, grass and a mild hint of salt and pepper.
Burn: The draw of the cigar begins a tad on the firm side, but loosens as the cigar continues to burn, so that by the second half of the cigar the draw is perfect. The Neanderthal H-Town produces a good deal of thick flavorful smoke. A beautiful white ash clings firmly to the foot of the cigar, only falling off when tapped against an ashtray.
Flavor: The Neanderthal H-Town begins with a burst of pepper that then leads into flavors nuts, fresh cut wood, spice and sea salt. On the retrohale, strong red and black pepper come through nicely. There’s a great mix of earth, sea salt, black pepper, nuts and spice that occurs as the Neanderthal H-Town enters its second third. During the second third of the cigar there is continuation of the earth, nuts, salt and pepper, while there is little bit of a ground coffee note that is present toward the end of the second third of the Neanderthal H-Town Lancero. The final third of the newest H-Town there are flavors of earth, nuts, red and black pepper, as well as some coffee ground like notes.
Overall: Once again there is another excellent new addition to the H-Town Lancero Series. It’s actually a bit tiring talking about how outstanding each new lancero in Stogies’ H-Town Series is, but each one seems to be just as good as (or better than) the last. The Roma Craft Neanderthal H-Town only adds to the list of stellar H-Town Lanceros. The most full bodied of any of the H-Towns, the Neanderthal has a full flavored profile with plenty of pepper to it, making this a great lancero for the full bodied cigar enthusiast. This is a cigar that should only get better with age. Skip Martin’s RoMa Craft is one of those brands that people go crazy for, and when smoking the Neanderthal H-Town it is easy to see why. Personally, I would say that the Neanderthal H-Town is among my top three favorite cigars in the series. (Although the Illusione H-Town is still my favorite.) If you enjoy full bodied cigars, but would like one in a smaller ring gauge, then the Neanderthal H-Town is a must try cigar.
Pairing: The Neanderthal H-Town Lancero pairs extremely well with a peaty island single malt. I personally enjoyed pairing it with a dram of the Oban Little Bay. Lagavulin 16, Ardbeg Uigeadail and Bunnahabhain Toiteach are also excellent choices for pairing with the RoMa Craft Neanderthal H-Town.
On a side note: This cigar was so anticipated that in the first two days of its release it sold out at Stogies World Class Cigars. I personally think it is a cigar that lives up to the hype, and is definitely box (or three) worthy. Yet, if you missed the original release, there’s no need to panic that you’ll miss it. There are more boxes of Neanderthal H-Towns on their way, most likely to arrive in time for the 3rd Annual Big Damn Cigar Jamboree & Wingding. If you can make it to Houston on October 15th for this awesome boutique cigar festival, I suggest you get your tickets online as soon as you can, because they are selling out quick.
Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)