Our Score 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

  • RH – 67% For 5 Weeks
  • MSRP – $10
  • Smoke Time – 1 Hour & 20 Minutes
  • Wrapper – Connecticut Broadleaf (Maduro) x Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder – Connecticut Broadleaf (Maduro)
  • Filler – Pennsylvanian/Nicaraguan/Dominican
  • Length – 4.25
  • Ring Gauge – 52
  • Vitola – Robusto

Initial Reactions and Appearance

RoMa Craft Neanderthal SGP Genetic Deformity has a barber pole wrapper that alternates between Connecticut Maduro and Ecuadorian Habano. The colors of each are faint enough that it would be easy to miss this detail if you’re not looking for it.  There are many spots along the cigar that appear metallic and shine brilliantly in the light, which is something I have noticed in many of the Tatuaje TAA releases and has usually been a good indication of the flavors to come.  RoMa Craft Neanderthal SGP Genetic Deformity is fully packed with absolutely no soft spots. Like the rest of the Neanderthal line, this cigar has a flat cap, which I shave off with my pocket knife. This reveals a very loose draw with hints of leather and sweetness.

First Third

The initial light of this cigar reveals a thick and creamy smoke that is both sweet and peppery. The first retrohale is a pepper blast and reveals the sheer strength of the cigar, which I am now certain will be full flavor.  The pepper quickly fades a bit, giving way to the sweet taste of berry jam that persists for the majority of the first third. Towards the end, some of the sweetness fades and the berry flavor turns slightly sour, but in a pleasant way.  Towards the end of the first third, the strength of the retrohale is nearly too much for me to handle.

Second Third

The sweetness returns at the start of the second third and the berry jam note, while still present, takes a step down. Leather, earth, and sweet tobacco are the dominant flavor notes in this third. Towards the middle of the second third I find a short but very distinct amaretto flavor.  I begin to feel the nicotine in my body and my mouth has a slight tingle from the overall strength.

Final Third

At the start of the final third, I am hit with a blast of pepper. The retrohale is now too strong to the point where it’s uncomfortable, so I decide against doing any more for the duration of the cigar. The sweetness and berry notes of the first third are very present, as are the leather and earth of the second third. All of the flavors of RoMa Craft Neanderthal SGP Genetic Deformity seem to be present at once and complementing each other.

Would I Smoke RoMa Craft Neanderthal SGP Genetic Deformity Again?

Yes. RoMa Craft Neanderthal SGP Genetic Deformity was a very enjoyable cigar from start to finish.  I am not sure that I have ever gotten as much nuance out of  a cigar this strong before, which I assume is largely due to the barber pole wrapper.  Construction, flavor, and strength were all great. I look forward to smoking more of these.


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