One of the most consistently busy booths I’ve been to this year has been the RoMa Craft booth – so busy in fact it was hard for me to find a break in the steady stream of retailers to talk to the crew.

Once I did however, there were a few new things to show off and they were happy to talk to me about them.
Neanderthal Extensions

It’s not a new blend, but there are new sizes and they will be available outside of the US. Two of the cigar names are the initials of two people who helped identify Neanderthal 1, a 40,000-year-old fossil; Johann Carl Fuhlrot and Hermann Schaaffhausen. The third cigar is for the Kleine Feldhofer Grotte cave where it was found.

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & USA (Pennsylvania)
  • Neanderthal JCF (5 1/4 x 50)
  • Neanderthal KFG (4 3/4 x 56)
  • Neanderthal HS (5 3/4 x 46)

RoMa Craft XIKAR Accessories
RoMa Craft teamed up with XIKAR to bring some branded accessories out that match up with three of their lines.

  • Xi1 Cutter themed for Intemperance, Neanderthal for $84.99, while the Weasel is $74.99
  • Xidris Lighter themed for Intemperance, Neanderthal, Weasel and RoMa Craft Tobac – $79.99
  • 10-Count RoMa Craft Tobac Travel Humidor – $39.99
  • MTX Scissors in black – $64.99
  • Xi Bottle Opener – $14.99
  • Weasel Ash Can – $19.99

CroMagnon Black Irish
A previously released cigar that was only available at the DC Cigar Tweetup was being shown off with the rest of the CroMagnon lineup. When asked details, there weren’t many, but what I do have is below.

  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf and Candela Barber Pole
  • Binder: Cameroon
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Black Irish (5 x 56)

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Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.