In its third year running, the DC Tweetup is a cigar event that has been growing in popularity and success. The event is based in the Washington D.C. area, hence the name, and hosts a handful of manufacturers, boutique to mainstream, that travel across five stores over the two days it is held. Certain cigars are released for the event and for two years running one of the biggest cigars to come out of the event is the CroMagnon Fomorian. The cigar is a candela, given that the event is typically the same week as St. Patrick's Day, and is named Fomorian after the ancient race that lived on the island of Ireland before it was civilized. (Irish mythology) I have never smoked the cigar personally, but today I am fortunate enough to smoke and review because of a friend of a friend.
The Fomorian is a limited event release that has made appearance at the DC Cigar Tweetup for the past two years. It is a release that grabs lot of attention from the RoMa Craft fans and it is possibly one of the most talked about cigars when talking about the DC Cigar Tweetup. The size is available in one vitola and that is the EMH offering. It measures 5" with a 56 ring gauge and is a robusto extra. The wrapper is Ecuadorian Connecticut Candela with the same filler and binder blend as the CroMagnon. (Cameroon binder with Nicaraguan fillers.) The cigar features a solid double claro/candela wrapper and it is silky in texture. There are some very minor veins present throughout and it is a solid candela in all categories. The cigar is fairly firm in hand and it has a lovely cap placed as well. There is a distinct aroma of grass, hay and cedar on the wrapper, and I am getting this unique watermelon like aroma as well. The foot shows some of those wrapper aromas, but I am also picking up some earthy, tobacco and cocoa notes.
The first third begins by showing characteristics that are somewhat un-candela like. I am not getting as much hay, lemongrass, cedar and grassy notes that I typically get with a candela, but it is showing some more spice and earthy notes. You can definitely pick up the filler blend of the Cromagnon with this cigar, but it is accompanied by some of those candela flavors which add a nice bit of complexity to the cigar. The construction on the cigar is absolutely terrific and it is showing a razor sharp burn line with a lovely gray ash that is holding on firmly. The draw on the cigar is perfect and it is cool while producing a good amount of smoke. I am finding that the body and strength are at a solid medium level, but I believe it could be at a medium full to some smokers out there. So far the cigar has some complexity and it is an enjoyable cigar.
I am in the second third of the cigar now and I find that it is showing a lot of those characteristics that were present in the first third. It is a fairly earthy and grounded candela overall but enjoyable. There are some nice spice and pepper notes to the cigar and it is then followed up with those grass, hay and lemongrass qualities. It is definitely a candela made for the boutique market and those type of smokers, and a solid one at that. The cigar continues to show terrific construction in this third and I never have a problem with construction on cigars coming out of Nica Sueno. The cigar is producing a perfect burn line and with that is a solid charcoal ash that is holding on firmly. I am loving the amount of smoke produced and this is a good time smoke. The strength and body are still smoking at that medium level and it is a level that I prefer when smoking a cigar.
When I get into the final third of the cigar I find that is begins to show some more complexity than the first and second third and while it is growing in strength and body, it is showing more candela flavors as well. I am getting some nice cedar, rich earth, spice and pepper notes, but it also has that lemongrass, hay and grass flavors. There is some sweetness to the cigar, along with some faint nutty notes, and it is a very enjoyable blend in this third. The construction remains perfect in this third and it has a razor sharp burn line with that lovely gray ash holding on firmly to the end. It is producing a solid amount of smoke with each draw and the final draw to the cigar is cool and flavorful. I would say that the cigar is smoking at a level between medium and medium full in this third and it is a cigar that is easy to begin the day with or smoke in the afternoon.
For a candela this was a very good cigar but at the end of the day I will choose the regular CroMagnon or Aquitaine over it. I am not crazy over candelas, they are nice to have from time to time, but at the end of the day they are just not wowing in my opinion. I know a lot of boutique manufacturers are doing a terrific job in blending them to be unique, tasty and enjoyable, but at the end of the day they will not compare with a habano, criollo or corojo wrapper that has not undergone the process of being classified as a candela. The construction was terrific from beginning to end, no flaw there, and it had a nice earthy quality to the cigar which is something candelas typically lack. This is a cigar that I would collect and hold on to, but not smoke that often. It is something cool to have around and pass around to those who are interested and smoke on St. Patrick's Day, but I would not put in my regular rotation if that was the option. I am giving this cigar a solid 88 and looking back on the candelas I have had, it is probably the best. I may have some higher reviews of candelas in the past, but they don't compare with this. I think the Illusione ~888~ Claro is the other smoke that would go head to had with this one.
Seth's Humidor Rating: 88
* cigars for this assessment were provided to me by Cigar Coop