The RyJ by Romeo y Julieta

RyJ by Romeo y Julieta

Origin : HondurasRomeo y Julieta
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo Jalapa
Binder : Nicaraguan Jalapa & Esteli
Filler : Nicaraguan Jalapa, Nicaraguan Esteli, Nicaraguan La Mia
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8-9 each
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The new RyJ by Romeo y Julieta should be hitting the market in your area very shortly if it hasn’t already. And if you are a fan of the brand, Nicaraguan sticks or a cigar with a bit of spice than this is one for you.

I was fortunate to be given a few Toros to review, and I have to tell you, these take the number one spot in the Romeo stable for me. Right from the get-go, the aesthetics grab you with the white red and gold double banding wrapped around a mocha colored, silky Nicaraguan wrapper that was specially cultivated for this blend. The pre-light aroma is of sweet espresso.

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Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Robusto

Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real

Origin : Dominican RepublicRomeo y Julieta
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador (Connecticut Shade)
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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The Romeo y Julieta non-Cuban brand is produced by the giant company Altadis. The Reserva Real is a very popular blend, along with the 1875. Featuring an Ecuador-grown Connecticut shade wrapper and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and Dominican Republic, this is an affordable cigar that retails in the $6 area.

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Romeo y Julieta Viejo “E”

Romeo y Julieta Viejo

Origin : Dominican RepublicRomeo y Julieta
Format : Box-pressed toro
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : San Andres Mexico
Binder : ?
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7.5 each
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Until recently, I was never a huge fan of cigars made by the Dominican Romeo y Julieta. Then I was introduced to the Reserve Real. Ever since I smoked a couple of those, I have made those a cigar that I smoke regularly on the weekends. Then I was introduced to the Viejo. I was told that if I liked the Reserve Reals, I would like these as well. So I had fairly high hopes for this cigar.

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Romeo y Julieta Reserve Maduro

Romeo y Julieta Reserve Maduro

Origin : Dominican RepublicRomeo y Julieta
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Dom. Rep., Peru, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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Appearance

Romeo y Julieta Reserve Maduro Toro is wrapped in a dark cloak of Maduro-ishness. Dark, oily with a sheen. A couple of small veins running the length. Somewhat spongy. Nice looking cigar! The band is black and silver, simple but elegant. Much like myself. Agent Poopface, that wasn’t a joke sir…

Smoking Characteristics

Draw is a bit tight, getting some flaking tobacco on the tongue after cutting (guillotine). Plenty of smoke. Creamy mouth-feel. Target refused to speak a few times and required several re-lights. Ash is a black and grey marble color. Fantastic!

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Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Robusto

Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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Made in Honduras with mostly Nicaraguan tobacco, the Habana Reserve is unique in the prolific number of lines in the Romeo y Julieta portfolio. I believe, but am admittedly not certain, that this is the only one that is not made in the Dominican Republic. It is a handsome cigar with a good looking oily wrapper that has the look of leather. Constrction of the cigar seems to be high quality. The wrapper is neatly applied as is the double cap. The draw is ideal and the cigar is firm and well filled.

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Romeo y Julieta Aniversario Corona

Romeo y Julieta Aniversario Corona

Origin : Dominican RepublicRomeo y Julieta
Format : Corona
Size : 140 x 17 mm
Ring : 44
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : USA/Connecticut
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Peru
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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Purchased a box of these cigars after browsing through Cigar Aficionado's best cigars of 2007 ratings. Romeo y Julieta Aniversario Corona boasts an impressive 92 rating and is #19 in the top 25. CA mentions flavors of cedar, earth, licorice and nuts. Since I knew what to expect, I managed to detect most of these. What I fail to understand though is why the magazine never noted frequent construction issues with this stick.

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Romeo y Julieta Deluxe #2 (Dominican)

Romeo y Julieta Deluxe #2 (Dominican)

Origin : Dominican RepublicRomeo y Julieta
Format : Corona Grande
Size : 152 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : N/A
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5/piece
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Again, I had a chance to compare Cuban Romeo y Julietas to Dominican ones, and the conclusion is pretty much the same - the Deluxe #2 that was brought to me straight from the Dominican Republic is a high quality cigar with a steady, pleasant flavor that has its own, Dominican, personality.

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