Known for rich taste and full body, RoMa craft cigars pack a punch; there’s no denying it. So, when creative mastermind and owner of RoMa Tobac, Skip Martin dreamed of an even richer, more indulgent cigar, he was actually dreaming of the Neanderthal HN.
It all started when Martin was introduced to Pennsylvania Double Ligero from the U.S. Green River Valley, a regrowth of the Pennsylvania Broadleaf. A regrowth leaf is described by cigarsmoke.org as “[the leaf that] emerges when the leaves are cut off of a plant and a second set of leaves grows before it is removed from the ground”
These regrowth leaves are added to blends, primarily from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, to really boost flavor, power, and nicotine levels. In fact, the Pennsylvania Double Ligero has about 13 percent more nicotine than Nicaraguan Ligero primings.
While the Neanderthal HN is very strong, it is still enjoyable, very smooth, and balanced. Strong and sweet from a US Connecticut Broadleaf binder and a dark Mexican San Andres Maduro wrap (not for new smokers) yet primarily flavors still come through as black pepper and rich soil.
The shape even adds to the intensity of this cigar: tapered and pyramid-like, the cigar actually gets more intense as you smoke it. This shape combined with the dark color of its wrapper and its intricate packaging and details, the Neanderthal HN cigar is very attractive in all aspects.
The smell pre-smoke is strongly of soil, coffee, and slight farm aroma. The cold draw taste of sweet tobacco and cedar wood. After first lighting you’re hit with a lot of black pepper, espresso, and soil. Then a nice even burn throughout the smoke. The tastes intensify maintaining the black pepper, coffee, and soil flavors in addition to licorice, cedar, tobacco, and spice.
Overall, if you’re looking for full and flavorful, the Neanderthal HN is not going to disappoint