The RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 is a new cigar blend that is a shop exclusive to Famous Smoke Shop in Easton, Pennsylvania. The cigar was initially launched in a 5 x 50 Robusto size in partnership with Cigar Dojo. An initial allocation of 500 boxes was offered up for pre-sale to the Cigar Dojo community and they sold out within an hour. Shortly after shipping the Whiskey Rebellion 1794, it was announced that five all-new sizes of the blend would continue to be sold exclusively at Famous Smoke Shop with the Cigar Dojo 5 x 50 Robusto size being retired. Today, we take a closer look at the RoMa Craft Tobac’s Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 in the exclusive 5 x 50 Cigar Dojo size. RoMa Craft Tobac has produced some excellent releases, but with the Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794, this might be the company’s finest release to date.
The cigar name pays homage to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. It was in 1791 when the first tax on any product was imposed by the United States federal government on whiskey. When farmers in Western Pennsylvania protested the team, this led to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. When the project was announced Eric Guttormson, owner of Cigar Dojo commented, “When Skip (Martin) approached me with his idea for the Whiskey Rebellion cigar, I couldn’t have been more excited. I love the cigars Skip and Michael (Rosales) produce and tying this release to the Whiskey Rebellion seemed like the perfect fit in today’s battle over government overreach.”
RoMa Craft Tobac’s track record with shop exclusives is quite impressive. When the Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Cigar Dojo edition sold out in one hour, RoMa Craft Tobac might have made some history. The prior week, the RoMa Craft Tobac CroMagnon Firecracker sold out in one day at Two Guys Smoke Shop; thus RoMa Craft Tobac probably became the first cigar company to sell out two shop exclusives in a single day within the span of a week.
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Cigar Dojo Edition and see what this cigar brings to the table.
The blend to the Whiskey Rebellion 1794 incorporates a similar binder and filler profile to the other blends in the Intemperance line. The difference is that this cigar uses an Ecuadorian Habano Ligero wrapper.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Binder: Indonesian Besuki
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Nica Sueno)
Cigar Dojo (Robusto): 5 x 50
Hamilton: 4 x 46
Jefferson: 4 1/2 x 50
Mc Farlane (Perfecto): 5 x 50
Bradford: 5 x 56
Washington: 5 1/2 x 54
The Cigar Dojo edition was sold in boxes of 12. The Jefferson, Mc Farlane, Bradford, and Washington are packaged in 24 count boxes. The Hamilton is packaged in 30 count boxes.
The Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Cigar Dojo Edition has a medium brown coffee bean-colored wrapper. Upon closer examination there is some darker marbling that can be seen on the wrapper. The surface of the wrapper has some oil on it. While there here are some thin visible veins and thin wrapper seams, I found this wrapper to be on the smooth side. Similar to other Intemperance cigars, there is a slight amount of binder exposed by the footer.
There are two bands to the Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Cigar Dojo Edition. The primary band is similar to what is on the Intemperance BA XXI line. It is a thin white band with the text “INTEMPERANCE” in large black font on it. Below it is the text “CIGARS” in smaller font. To the far right (on the back) is the Intemperance tree logo.
The secondary band is gray in color with white font. On the band is the text “1794 WHISKEY REBELLION CIGAR DOJO”. On the far right is the Cigar Dojo logo in white.
Preparation for the Cigar Experience
Prior to lighting up the Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Cigar Dojo Edition, I went with my usual choice of a straight cut to remove the cap. Once the cap was clipped, I commenced with the pre-light draw experience. The cold draw delivered a nice combination of coffee, chocolate, earth, and wood notes. Overall I considered the pre-light draw of this cigar to be excellent. At this point I was ready to light up my Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 and await what the smoking phase would have in store.
The Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Cigar Dojo Edition started out with a mix of coffee, earth, red pepper and cedar. Early on, I found the coffee notes became primary with the earth, red pepper, and cedar notes in the background. There was an underlying creamy texture also present that made this cigar quite smooth on the palate. Meanwhile on the retro-hale, I found the red pepper to be present, but not overly sharp.
By the middle of the first third of the Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794, the coffee and earth notes alternated in intensity in the forefront. The spice component decreased as well. I found the cedar notes to be quite subtle – and actually added a little additional sweetness as opposed to spice. The red pepper notes were quite distant on the tongue, but still remained more prominent on the retro-hale.
The alternating of the coffee and earth continued through the first two thirds. By the last third, the coffee notes receded into the background – leaving the earth as the sole primary note. There was an increase in the red pepper and there still was a cedar sweet-spice component. By this point, the Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 lost some of its creaminess, but it was still quite flavorful. This is the way the cigar experience of the Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 came to a close. The resulting nub was firm to the touch and cool in temperature.
Burn and Draw
Overall I found the Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Cigar Dojo Edition to score nicely when it came to burn and draw. The cigar maintained a relatively straight burn path from start to finish. There was a slight curvature on the actual burn line itself, but this was easily remedied with some touch-ups – and I didn’t find an excessive amount of touch-ups were needed. The resulting ash had a silver gray color to it with some darker speckling. I found the ash to be quite firm and came off the cigar in clean chunks. Meanwhile the burn rate and burn temperature were both ideal.
The Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 delivered an excellent draw. I found a touch of resistance on the draw which is something I like. As a result I found this to be a very enjoyable cigar to puff on
Strength and Body
In terms of both the strength and body of the Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Cigar Dojo Edition, I found this cigar started out medium for both attributes. There was a gradual increase in intensity for both the strength and body, and by the second half, both attributes were in the medium to full range. Throughout the smoking experience, I found the strength and body to balance each out very nicely with neither attribute overshadowing the other.
The Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Cigar Dojo Edition is an excellent offering by RoMa Craft Tobac, and it ranks right at the top of the best RoMa Craft Tobac releases. The way I can sum up this cigar is similar to the analogy of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. A Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup brings together the best of chocolate and peanut butter. With the Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Cigar Dojo Edition – it brings together the best of the Intemperance BA XXI blend and the best of the Aquitaine blend. From the Intemperance BA XXI side, I got some of the wonderful coffee and earthy notes. The Aquitaine side brought in some of the red pepper on the retro-hale and some complementary spices on the tongue. Overall a home run by RoMa Craft Tobac. It’s a cigar I’d recommend to an experienced cigar enthusiast, but certainly wouldn’t discourage a novice from trying. As for myself, this is a cigar worthy of a battle with Chuck Norris for.
Strength: Medium (1st Half), Medium to Full (2nd Half)
Body: Medium (1st Half), Medium to Full (2nd Half)
Assessment: 4.5-Fight Chuck Norris for Them
News: RoMa Craft Tobac and Cigar Dojo Collaborate for Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794
Price: $99.95 (Sold in boxes of 12) / $8.33 per cigar
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Stogie Feed: RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Robusto (Cigar Dojo Edition)
Brand Reference: RoMa Craft Tobac
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