Agile Cigar Reviews are cigar assessments where we use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or giving a score for the first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the RoMa Craft Tobac Baka in the Gran Perfecto size. This is a cigar we previously assessed back in June 2020 in the Pygmy size.
Wrapper: African Cameroon
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueño S.A
Gran Perfecto: 5 5/8 x 60
In 2020, RoMa Craft Tobac announced a sampler called El Catador de Los Gran Perfectos. The sampler consisted of eight cigars, one from each of RoMa Craft Tobac’s on-going production lines in a 5 5/8 x 60 Gran Perfecto. The sampler was to commemorate 10 years of business for RoMa Craft Tobac and was going to be made available at the company’s inaugural WeaselFest event. While the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the 2020 event, El Catador de Los Gran Perfectos was still made available to ticketholders and select retailers. One of the eight cigars would come from the company’s newest line, Baka. Today we take a closer look at the Baka in that Gran Perfecto size.
The eight cigars included in the sampler are:
- CroMagnon Gran Perfecto
- Aquitaine Gran Perfecto
- Intemperance BA XXI Gran Perfecto
- Intemperance EC XVIII Gran Perfecto
- Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion (WR) 1794 Gran Perfecto
- Neanderthal Gran Perfecto
- Baka Gran Perfecto
- Wunder|Lust Gran Perfecto
Baka was launched in 2019 and was one of RoMa Craft Tobac’s most anticipated releases. most notably because it would be the company’s foray into using an African Cameroon leaf as a wrapper. The remainder of the Baka blend is not disclosed. Production is handled at the company’s Nica Sueño factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The Baka was launched in 2019 with seven planned sizes. The release of the Gran Perfecto brought that total to eight.
The Baka Gran Perfecto started out with a mix of baker’s spice, orange-citrus, natural tobacco, classic wood, and earth. Early on the baker’s spice and orange-citrus were primary notes. As the cigar moved into the second third, the orange-citrus and natural tobacco became primary, giving the cigar a bit of a zesty profile. By the second third’s midway point, there was an increase in both the earth and pepper.
The flavors produced on the Baka Gran Perfecto were medium to full, countered by medium strength. The burn required minor, but somewhat frequent, touch-ups. The draw had a touch of resistance – which is something that I like.
Back when I smoked the Baka Pygmy, I was quite impressed with RoMa Craft Tobac’s debut in working with Cameroon. As I mentioned then, “It had its own character in that it didn’t smoke like your typical Cameroon and it didn’t smoke like your typical RoMa Craft Tobac cigar.” While prior to this review, the Pygmy is the only size I have reviewed, I have smoked some of the other sizes and each brings its own characteristics to the table. At the time I reviewed the Pygmy, my initial feedback was I thought some of the larger, thicker sizes worked better. I’m not sure this is the case with the Gran Perfecto as I didn’t find this size worked better, but it still was an enjoyable cigar.
In terms of the value rating, cigars sold in samplers always have it tougher. In order to get the Baka Gran Perfecto, you will have to spend money on a wholesampler. While it might be hard to try a sample of the Baka Gran Perfecto, it would be the ideal way to go about deciding on this cigar. In my opinion, some of the other Baka sizes still stand out without requiring a sampler purchase.
Key Flavors: Wood, Orange-Citrus, Baker’s Spice, Earth, Natural Tobacco, Pepper
Burn: Very Good
Complexity: Medium Plus
Body: Medium to Full
Finish: Very Good
Value: Try a Sample
Previous Assessment: RoMa Craft Tobac Baka Pygmy
News: RoMa Craft Tobac WeaselFest Event Slated for Labor Day Weekend
Price: $120.00 (Sampler Price)
Brand Reference: RoMa Craft Tobac
Photo Credits: Cigar Coop