Earlier this year the ambassador of all things â€œcraftâ€ Skip Martin along with Mike Rosalas of RoMa Craft introduced the Mode 5 perfecto as a line extension to the Aquitaine line. Produced at RoMa Craft’s Nica Sueno factory, the cigars were originally released last December as a part of a sampler pack but were eventually released as a full production cigar.
Vitolas: The Aquitaine line features the following vitolas: 4×52 Knuckle dragger, 4.5×60 Mandible, 5×56 EMH, 5.75×46 Anthropology, 6×4 Cranium, and the 5×50 Mode 5 Perfecto. The line also features a few limited release vitolas.
Blend: Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Filler: Nicaraguan tobaccos from Esteli, Condega, and Pueblo Nuevo.
Appearance: The Aquitaine Mode 5 is a beautiful perfecto with a dark wrapper. The wrapper is slightly oily and very smooth. The foot is open with a perfect point on the cap.
Pre-Light: The pre-light gave notes of wood and spice on the nose and a very earthy note on the cold draw.
1st Third: The RoMa Craft Aquitaine Mode 5 opened with black pepper from the start. The pepper faded just a bit to give way to flavors of wood and nuts with a creamy note. The retro-hale of the Mode 5 was very smooth.
2nd Third: Moving into the second third the Aquitaine Mode 5 lost quiet a bit of the pepper but continued to give notes of nuts and cream as well as just a slight bit of leather.
Last Third: The last third of the Mode 5 brings the pepper back, no a heavy punch, but it definitely comes back. There is more of the nutty flavors that seem to be more defined and have a toasted quality about them. The cigar finishes just as smooth and cool as it started. This cigar is one sneaky strong cigar though that finishes full strength but is masked by the explosion of flavors.
Construction: (A+) Being a sucker for perfectos as it is, I am always so happy to find one that is well constructed and shows no flaws.
Burn: (A+) The burn on the Aquitaine Mode 5 is superior. The burn is never less that sharp and hold very consistent.
Final Assessment: My overall impression of the RoMa Craft Aquitaine Mode 5 is that it is a very flavorful cigar that shows how a stronger cigar can showcase the flavors of the tobaccos used without overpowering the palate of the smoker.
Rating: (BOX WORTHY) This cigar is by far box worthy, and at the price they are really a steal.