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Contest Day #2 – RoMa Craft Tobac (and Day #1 Winner)

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Day #1 winner is at the bottom of the post.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with RoMa Craft Tobac, here is an excerpt from www.havacigarshop.com, online home of RoMa Craft Tobac:

RoMa Craft Tobac was formed in 2012 by Michael Rosales and Skip Martin combining the operations of their two companies, Costa Rican Imports, LLC and Galveston Bay Tobacco, LLC. The combined company holds the CroMagnon, CroMagnon Aquitaine, Intemperance, Adrians Costa Rica, and Hava Cigar brands and manages manufacturing operations in Esteli, Nicaragua and San Jose, Costa Rica.”

Now, we are all familiar with Skip. Skip is, and always has been one of the most stand up, and genuine guys in the industry. Not to mention someone I would like to call my friend. I spent some time with him on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, and I have to say, the guy is exactly as his online persona appears. Within 5 minutes of meeting him, he had already pissed off an American Airlines flight attendant while in line to buy gummi-bears. That being said, he made the trip fun, and interesting with his funny stories, crazy late-night shenanigans, and his constant singing of old-skool hip hop.

Not only is Skip a great guy, but he and Michael really know their stuff. Their debut blend, the CroMagnon is proof of that. You can read my review here, which I can openly say that I, along with many others loved. Here we are a year or so later and Skip and Michael have teamed up again, along with their newly established factory to bring you, the Intemperance. This release is hot off the press, and if I am not mistaken Skip’s wife Angela had just made mention that she was dropping off some of the first pre-orders for shipping! Here is a little info about the blend:

The Intemperance Volstead Sampler contains all eight cigars in the liga.
Intemperance is presented in two capa varietals. Each contains four vitolas, two parejos and two figurados:

Intemperance EC XVIII – Ecuador Connecticut

The Charity, a 4 x 46 Petito, $5.00
The Virtue, a 4 1/2 x 52 Short Robusto, $6.00
The Faith, a 5 x 50 Short Perfecto, $6.50
The Industry, a 5 1/2 x 54 Belicoso, $7.00

Intemperance BA XXI – Brazil Arapiraca

The Intrigue, a 4 x 46 Petito, $5.00
The Avarice, a 4 1/2 x 52 Short Robusto, $6.00
The Envy, a 5 x 50 Short Perfecto, $6.50

Gotta love Skips naming conventions, probably the best, and most original in the industry. Anywho, if you would like more information on the cigar you can visit Hava Cigar Shop here, and even order directly from the site. Browse around, Skip has started to fill the shop with some awesome swag along with cigars. You can also stay up to date with RoMa Craft Tobac by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Want to be one of the first ones with this cigar? Here is your chance. RoMa Craft Tobac has offered up 1 full, Volstead sampler. That’s right, all 8 cigars in the line could be yours.

Entry is simple, I want you guys to think of a cigar line. Your personal blend, something that you hold dear to you. Now think about the sizes you would make, and what you would name each one. I really think that Skip has a knack for his vitola titles, and I want to see how creative you guys can get! Leave a comment below with your sizes and titles and we will pick one lucky winner to receive an Intemperance Volstead sampler directly from RoMa Craft Tobac!

Again, 18 years or older ONLY. The winner will be announced tomorrow.

And of course, onto the winner of our contest, Day #1 – Bonita Smoke Shop.

Before announcing the winner, I wanted to post a few of the entries from people who allowed me to post their pictures. I loved the creativity, and some of them literally made me crack up when opening them. It’s also nice to put a face to so many of you people.

Corey - As long as it's not a Flyer, I'm OK with that.

Paul - Who I am assuming is smoking at work. Lucky dog. (Cool Pink Hanger)

Michael - Mean looking dude with a pretty colored wall.

Leo - with his badass Humi-Clock. Look at that proud, proud man.

Keith - who promised to give me this watch. So kind of you man, so kind.

Josh - Time for a cigar indeed.

Jmulley - with his beautiful little one (and an awesome hat)!

Jesus - who had to travel a long way to get all the way up to the clock.

Jeremy - Getting all sorts of creative (and a little creepy).

Jeff - Alas, the man behind the curtain!

Jake - this is his email to me: " Please don't judge me based on this photo. I wasn't ready. My eye itched. It was taken by a midget. A sleepy midget. a sleepy, cranky midget. A sleepy, cranky midget that doesn't care what contest it's for, who only wants to snap this awful picture and go to bed. Pick any excuse you want, just don't think I look like this all the time." I'm telling your wife what you called her.

Doogie - keeping it real.

Derek - showing us the goods, making our mouths water.

David - awesome picture, vacation time. something that I really need.

And…. our winner, from a Galaxy far, far away.:

Lupe - yes, appearently that's a guys name too, lighting it up, sith style.

 

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn’t loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.

41 Comments

  1. DavefromPhilly

    March 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I would name my line after MY Christmas, the Phillies Home Opener. And the line revolves around what my brain revolves around. Philly Sports. I’ve been going every year with all my friends since we were young. And it’s coming up. We all take off from work, go down to the park really early and start tailgating, and even if we don’t end up going in the game we just go back to the neighborhood and watch it at the bar (or one of our houses when we were young).

    My line would be Nicaraguan, med-full bodied, complex and spicy. Think a pepin blue with gram cracker and vanilla notes thrown in, and almost a beef jerky smokiness that shows its head a couple times (but not often at all) throughout the smoke.

    The line is called “Opening Day”

    Consisting of:

    The Fightin’ – A 5 5/8 x 46 corona gorda (my favorite size) named for the Fightin Phils (my favorite team).

    The Bird’ – A 6 x 52 boxed pressed torpedo named for the Eagles. The torpedo’s sharp edge is symbolic of the Eagles talons.

    The FlyGuy – A 5 x 50 robusto named for the Flyers. (I feel like a robusto is a perfect symbolization for hockey for some reason)

    The Minors – A 4 7/8 x 42 corona. The little guy named for the Phillies minor league affiliates.

    My favorite smokes in my favorite sizes for my favorite teams.

    And that’s it. Why no smoke for the Sixer’s you might ask? Cuz fuck the sixers, thats why. I don’t like them and I don’t like basketball.

    • DavefromPhilly

      March 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Oh and if one of the teams wins a championship, I’d do a special edition lancero line extention, called Independence. Because Philadelphia is where the declaration was signed in 1776.

    • Dalamscius

      March 14, 2012 at 11:34 am

      You are automatically disqualified for not having a cigar named after the Penguins. Might not be from Philly but it’s too close to ignore! lol j/k, good job with the names!

      • DavefromPhilly

        March 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm

        That would be blasphemy! I’d be excommunicated from my city hahaha

      • CigarCraig

        March 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm

        Great, now I have to go back and edit the nice things I just said about Daniel in my blog post. Penguins don’t fly….they dive! DavefromPhilly would be getting off easy being excommunicated…We DESPISE the Penguins on the correct side of the state!

        Anyway, good luck with the contests and keep up the good work…..Tony! (sheesh, he’s a stinkin Devils fan….)

        • Dalamscius

          March 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm

          bwahahaha Craig! Glad to see some good ol fashion hockey trash talk around these parts!

          Thanks for the kind words as always and keep up the awesome work on your site!

  2. chris

    March 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Great pictures, that lightsaber looks badass. I’m going to sit out this round I have 2 romacraft samplers enroute already. Good luck

  3. Doogie

    March 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

    You gotta work with the WWE and get a wrestling themed series. Probably name it after the best moves.

    the figure-four: 4×40. comes in 4 packs. don’t need to explain this one!

    the choke-slam: 5×65. gotta go fat with this one so it practically chokes you while smoking.

    and finally, the ultimate — The Hogan Leg Drop: 6×52, a nice tan color (like Hulk’s constant spray tan). wrapper would have to be yellow and red.

    limited edition — Million Dollar Dream (after the Million Dollar Man’s finishing move, where he puts you to sleep). this one’s gotta be a lancero. nice long, slow, smoke.

  4. czerbe

    March 14, 2012 at 10:20 am

    First congrats to the Winner Lupe.

    I think I would keep it simple, LIne name would be Regions.

    First size would be a small Corona size 4.5×43 would have a Maple leaf on the band and be called the Mountie.

    Second Size would be More of a Toro size 6×53 would have a Flyers Symbol on it and be called the Philly from Philly

    Third Size would be a massive 7×70 mother of a stick what wouldn’t have a band Called the Cowboy… cause everything is bigger in Texas….

    All sticks would have local regional grown product in the cigar. So the Mountie would have Maple Syrup, the Philly would have some sort of Cheese steak cheese leaking out of it (Long live the Wiz Wit!!!) and the Cowboy would have Brisket or whatever it is you Texans do down there.

  5. Sean

    March 14, 2012 at 10:40 am

    My line would be called You and Whose Army? Conneticut broadleaf wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, Nicaraguan filler. Love me some full flavored, medium bodied, smoke producing machines!

    Knives Out- 5 x 55 perfecto
    Separator- 5 5/8 x 46 corona gorda
    In Limbo- 6 3/4 x 42 lonsdale
    Reckoner- 5 1/2 x 52 robusto
    4 Minute Warning- 4 x 40 small pantela

    If you haven’t figured out, I’m a HUGE Radiohead fan and thought some of these song titles would fit perfectly in a cigar line. Thanks for the great contest gentleman!

  6. Dalamscius

    March 14, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Loving the creativity! Maple Syrup infused cigar, I say hell yes to that one! hahaha

  7. Charlie

    March 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I’d name my cigar the Fortenza del Rio. My last name in Irish means Fort on the River so I’d take the Spanish equivalent. For the blend I’m aiming for a medium blend of Nicaraguan and Brazilian tobaccos with a Connecticut Broadleaf Wrapper.

    The names of the vitolas would all be fort inspired. Also, I’d go with a box press to give the impression of the lumber used to build an old fort.

    Vitolas:
    “Bastion” – 4 x 50 petit robusto”
    “Cavalier” – 5 5/8″ x 42 corona
    “Rampart” – 6″ x 54 toro
    “Magazine” – 5 1/2″ x 48 belicoso
    “Gorge” – 6 x 60 toro gordo

    That’s the core line. For a special release, I’d up the blend to be full bodied, and name it the “Siege,” a 7 1/2″ by 57 salomon.

  8. nwbonick

    March 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    What the hell, I’ll give it a whirl:

    Line: Seven Deadly Sins

    Wrath. 5 x 42. Comprised of 100% Nicaraguan Sungrown Ligero and infused with ghost chilis.
    Sloth: 4 x 26. Pre-cut cigarillo.
    Pride. 6 x 50. Barber pole wrapper with a band depicting the Irish flag.
    Lust: 8 x 52. Diameda format. ‘Nuff said.
    Greed: 7 x 50. Connecticut wrapper and gold embossed band. Retails for $100/cigar.
    Gluttony: 4 x 60. Infused with bacon. Also known as the “Baconater.”
    Envy: 7 x 60. Oscuro wrapper.

  9. Michael Constantine

    March 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I made the pics page!!! Anywho, here we go:

    Named after my childhood hero athletes:

    MJeff – 6×46 (M Jordan 6 feet 6 inches and the 4 is cuz hes an avid golfer)

    Big Hurt – 5×55 (Frank Thomas career slugging %)

    Cheli – 5×48 (Chris Chelios # and 48 career playoff points)

    Walter – 6×32 (Walter Payton career post season rushing yards 632)

  10. JoeyV

    March 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    In a nod to old school hip hop which anyone who follows Chief Hava on twitter knows is a big deal, Id name my line GrandMaster and all the vitolas would be a nod to the legends of hip hop.
    4 x 52 Petite Robusto – Bushwick
    4 ½ x 60 Petite Gordo – Sugarhill
    5 x 55 Robusto Extra – Furious 5
    6 x 46 Grand Corona – Bambatta
    6 x 60 Gran Toro – Notorious

    It would be a two blend cigar. Full flavored, full strength binder and filler. One wrapped in Conny and one wrapped in Conneticut Broadleaf. Word to yer mutha!

    • Skip Martin

      March 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Bushwick….that is awesome! You’ve got my vote Joey. =)

      • JoeyV

        March 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

        My minds playing tricks on me… All time classic. Win lose or draw the Chief respects it and in my book thats a WIN!

  11. Swede214

    March 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    My Game, Golf.
    Country Club: Connecticut Wrapper, Dominican Filler, Dominican Binder

    5 1×2 x 55 Perfecto Par
    5 1/2 x 50 Lonsdale Birdie
    4 1/2 x 42 Corona Eagle
    5 x 50 Robusto Boggie

  12. jjo

    March 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I guess I would have to combine my affection for sushi and maduro wrapped cigars, thus the Makizushi line. Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, Honduran and Nicaraguan filler.

    Only two sizes:

    5 1/2 x 46 – Kappa-maki
    6 x 50 – Otoro-maki (of course)

    • Dalamscius

      March 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Damnit now I want to go buy some Sushi, thanks a lot Jeff! lol
      One of the cigars should have a seaweed wrapper! I wonder how that would burn… lol

      • jjo

        March 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        And infused with wasabi!

  13. Troy Taormina

    March 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    38 x 5.5 “Lancito”
    46 x 5 “3BP” (Third Bowl of Porridge, cuz the size is just right)
    46 x 6 “El Rigatone”
    50 x 5 “Robustomonte”
    52 x 5.5 Torpedo “The Torpenator”
    54 x 5 “El Capone”

  14. Jeremy H.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Driven by my love for cigars and fishing, I will have to carry on a fish theme with my cigar line “Outrigger”.

    Half Corona – 4.25 x 42 “Minnow”
    Corona – 5.5 x 42 “Perch”
    Rothschild – 4.5 x 50 “Pan Fish”
    Robusto – 5 x 50 “Flathead”
    Toro – 6 x 50 “Wally”
    Lancero – 7 x 38 “The Pike”

    • Dalamscius

      March 14, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      My favorite fresh water eating fish the Walleye also matches one of my favorite vitolas!! Can’t wait for my fishing trip in May! haha

    • Skip Martin

      March 14, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Like!

  15. GICIGR

    March 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I would Name my line after a Sport my Father enjoys, Horse Racing. The Brand would be Named ” The Sport of Kings” I remember as a young boy going on Sundays with him to Santa Anita Park. One of my First Memories as a Child was watching the Jockeys line up to mount their horses before heading off in to the Paddock to load the Gates

    “The Sport of Kings”

    Filler Nicaraguan Long Fillers
    Binder Stalk Cut Habano
    Wrapper 98′ Corojo

    5 x 46 Corona Sir Barton
    5 x 50 Robusto Assault
    5 x 55 Box Press Citation
    6 x 50 Toro Seattle Slew
    6 x 54 Belicoso War Admiral
    6 x 60 Gran Toro Affirmed
    7 x 50 Churchill Secretariat

    As a Limited Edition if there is ever another Triple Crown winner we would Blend a Cigar in that Horses Honor for that year.

  16. @revjava

    March 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Congrats to Lupe….

    So my idea for a cigar line is Coffee Inspired …

    The line would be called: SmokeBucks and have a green mermaid as a logo (No trademarks violations!) The line would consist of :

    The Peaberry~ a 5×42 Petit Corona Claro that would be mild and take 5 months of extra aging to bring it from green to dried

    Coffea Arabica~ (nicknamed-“The Daniel”) a 5×50 Toro Colorado Maduro that would be full flavored and infused with Maple Syrup. This Cigar would only be sold at Tim Hortons, Hockey Games and Scuba Shops Side Note~ each box would come with a pint of Canadian Grade B

    The Ethopian~a 6×42 Lonsdale Oscuro that is Earthy in it richness and smooth in it’s fullness, like the space that inspires it.

    Café Robusta~(nicknamed “The Tony”) a 6×60 Gordo Maduro infused with Imitation Banana and Brisket flavorings. A quirky yet consistent smoke, known by many. The Tony would be sold in box that looks like a Foosball table and come with a Bobblehead of Wayne Newton

    Caffees Fumando # 9~ a 7×49 Double Corona Colorado produced by Drew Estate in the Liga Privada line, This cigar would hope to made weekly, but in truth would come out more often ( most weeks). This cigar has the ability to Tweet, post on FB, take really really good pictures and give great samplers to Coffee addicts that show some creativity..

    • Dalamscius

      March 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Ha! Caffees Fumando! Well played sir!

      You have to have a Kopi Luwak blend, but the process of fermenting the wrapper will be a secret! LOL

      • jjo

        March 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

        LOL Daniel, you and Tony have to promise that you won’t be involved in that part of the process. :p

      • @revjava

        March 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

        Daniel~Geez..I thought the Blue Mountain Coffee I tried before was rare..

        I could see the marketing for the Kuba Kopi now…It would be 6×60 Oscuro Double Gordo, ~nicknamed “The Deuce”~ and come wrapped in Charmin… and the marketing tagline would be ” We are happy with being Number # 2″…just a thought LOL

    • Skip Martin

      March 14, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Very nice!

  17. DJM

    March 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I have come up with the following cigar line in tribute to the beauty we see in all different types of women and cigars. The cigar vitolas just spoke to me in a way that conjured the names.

    Robusto – “The Hussy”
    Toro – “The Broad”
    Figurado – “The Duchess”
    Corona – “The Lady”
    And last but not least…
    Perfecto – “La Mujer”

    • Dalamscius

      March 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Can I suggest a special edition culebra and call it the “Ménage à trois” LOL??

  18. Victor

    March 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    My line of cigars would be based on one of my many things I enjoy doing. Playing cards, particularly Texas Hold Em, is something I enjoy doing. The time spent with friends playing cards, smoking cigars, enjoying your favorite beverage and the conversations that take place while playing is something special.

    My line of cigars would be named LUCKY DRAW

    The names of the cigars would be named after some of the high hands dealt on the draw.

    6X54 Torpedo The Rocket (AA)
    7X50 Chuchill Big Slick (AK)
    5X46 Corona Little Slick (AQ)
    6X50 Toro The Cowboy (KK)

    Nicaraguan Filler
    San Andreas Binder
    Corojo Wrapper

    Any special edition cigars would be named after winning hands, such as The Royal Flush, Four Queens, Straight Flush, ……..

  19. Paul

    March 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I love small ring gauges so I would name a line of cigars after the beautiful thin woman’s body. Not the disgusting thin, the Jennifer Aniston thin.

    Name of the line would be Hembra Flaco.

    5 sizes in the line:

    Delgado Alto 7×38
    Delgado Corto 4×38
    Pequeno elegante 5×42
    Svelte 5.5×46

    And a homage to Marilyn Monroe’s figure,
    Bomba Rubia 6×56 double perfecto.

    The marketing campaign would be fun for all.

  20. Marcus (Sticks)

    March 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I guess I would call them what I think they are: Pure Pleasure
    Stolen moments, a 4 x 46 Petito,
    Solitude, a 4 1/2 x 52 Short Robusto,
    Satisfaction, a 5 x 50 Short Perfecto,
    Bliss, a 5 1/2 x 54 Belicoso

    Brazil Arapiraca

    4me, a 4 x 46 Petito, $5.00
    Temptation, a 4 1/2 x 52 Short Robusto, $6.00
    Perfection-x2, a 5 x 50 Short Perfecto, $6.50
    Great pictures!

  21. MoBarbq

    March 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I’m a big fan of Art Deco, comics and the wild 1930’s when radio heroes were Dick Tracy and the world was pretty much Black and White. No so sure about that part, but we do need heroes. I’d call it the “Chase” series since that’s was Dick was always up to–the chase. Reminds me of Chicago, big time mobsters, 2-way wrist radios and Law enforcement glamour at its best.

    I’d have several vitolas, all relating somehow to the Dick Tracy franchise/series of shows, cartoons and such.

    The Tommy Gun, a 4 X 30 shorty, reminiscent of the ammo used in THE weapon of the period.
    Tess Trueheart, a shapely 7 X 38 lancero; after his girlfriend and later wife.
    Pruneface, a 5 X 50 robusto, after one of his famous villains – needs a rough wrapper, rougher the better [Brazilian or San Andres?]
    Willie the Fifth, 5 X 55 Box-Pressed, after another nemesis
    Groovy Groove, 6 X 52 Belicoso, after his sidekick, who was introduced in the ’70’s
    The Big Boy, 6 X 60, named after the first villain Tracy apprehended
    Dick Tracy, 7.5 X 52 Churchill, He’s the MAN [law enforcement personified]

    Names for specials, etc. are too numerous to mention, all kinds of great characters still left for naming conventions!

    P.S. Best I can tell, actor Warren Beatty still holds the residuals and rights to Dick Tracy since he did the movie w/Madonna, but in case he ever starts a cigar line later, remember you read it here first!

  22. Josh

    March 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    My cigar line would be called The Wolf. I would name each size in the series and each blend. A few examples would include…
    The Timber (dark maduro wrapper)
    The Grey(Criollo wrapper)
    The Artic (Conneticut wrapper)

    As for sizes…
    The Pup (4.5X42)
    The Matriarch (5.5X52)
    The Lonewolf (6.5X60)

  23. Skip Martin

    March 14, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Thinking some of you guys are going to have trademark issues! 😉

  24. TriMarkC

    March 15, 2012 at 5:17 am

    First, I liked nwbonick’s line of cigars the best!

    But then there’s mine!

    I would create a line of cigars for the US Military:
    * “The Jarhead” — lean n mean double perfecto, with a triple twisted cap (NO pigtail)
    * “The Flyboy” — a thin lancero barberpole (candella and connecticut, cuz all those skinny zoomies are crazy flipping and flying up there!)
    * “The Grunt” — 4×60 full-bodied ligero fillers with a deep dark oscuro wrapper (strong and ready to go)
    * “The Deep” — for the Navy, I’d go with a churchill sized med-to-full-bodied cigar, with a triple maduro wrapper (deep flavor)

    Semper Fi!

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