Romeo y Julieta Cedros de Luxe #3

Romeo y Julieta Cedros Deluxe #3

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8,46 g
Box code : GEA OCT 07
Hand-Made
Price : ~7€ each
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Romeo y Julieta is a brand that never managed to impress me. Along with Cohiba, it is often mentioned by people who never smoke when they are asked about cigars. Cohiba, despite its higher price, deserves the recognition it has. Romeo y Julieta, on the other hand, is IMO a middling Cuban brand as even the Short Churchills which received a lot of praise didn't do it for me. This review is for the Cedros de Luxe #3, a petit corona that is, as I just said, quite an average cigar.

Appearance : ★★★★☆
The #3 is stylishly wrapped in a cedar sleeve that bears the name of the cigar as well as the brand logo. It is definitely pleasing to the eye, unlike the wrapper which has some obvious imperfections.

Romeo y Julieta Cedros Deluxe #3 
Construction : ★★½☆☆
I smoked 5 cigars for this review and 2 were a real disaster. Although none were plugged (that's already a good point), the burn was random and the wrapper kept on trying to unravel. Once it became unbearable and I even had to put the cigar down (have a look at the picture below).

Romeo y Julieta Cedros Deluxe #3

Flavor : ★★★☆☆
The smoke is very dry in the beginning - make sure you have a drink at hand. Flavor-wise, it's rather woody and not very complex - perhaps due to the cedar sleeve? I stumbled upon a few peppery notes in the second third where the smoke usually becomes smoother and creamier. RyJ Cedros de Luxe is medium-bodied and has average power, perfect for beginners. The finish is plain and simple - more cedar.

Value : ★★☆☆☆
It's hard for me to justify the price of this cigar. Online and by box these can be found at less than $6 but I'd still think twice before getting another one.

Overall Rating : ★★★☆☆
Well, I think that this kind of construction difference is unacceptable on cigars that come from the same box. I am really disapponted especially because my recent experiences with Cubans from 06/07/08 were rather positive and I thought that most quality control & construction problems have been solved. Unfortunately, it turned out to be wrong. That being said, it's not the case for all Cuban brands. You can always count on Bolivar Bonitas or Partagas Shorts when you want to smoke a decent petit corona.

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14 Comments on “Romeo y Julieta Cedros de Luxe #3”

  1. Probably my favorite (yeah, that’s the US spelling) small Habana cigar. Always so much flavor.

    Very nice site, here! My first visit.

    – Zman

  2. Sorry to hear about the bad experience with this cigar. I’ve liked the few smaller Cuban RyJ that I’ve smoked much better than the larger ring gauge cigars. The only bad RyJ I’ve smoked has been very young. All of the others had very good flavor and construction, but were at least 2 years old.

  3. Nice review. What a shame. Finding a good petite corona has been sort of a hobby for me. I’ll have to give the other 2 you mentioned a try.

  4. Great review. Certainly doesn’t sound like these need to be close to the top of my ‘to-try’ list. Thanks for the honesty and pics.

  5. RyJ has always struck me as a fairly bland brand. then again I am a big fan of stronger flavors so the lighter ones don’t usually do much for me.

  6. Personally I have always liked these but construction is definitely uneven.

  7. I don’t understand how he unscrewed. Looks like you light it to the other end… or the cigar was closed to the other end… The wraper can be unscrewed only from the cap. Very strange…

    In the first picture I can see that the cigar was wrapped well. in the second picture looks like the cigar is lit at the other end.

    I am wrong?

  8. Bogdan, I wish I knew how that happened. The only thing I am sure about is that I lit the cigar at the foot :)

  9. OK, but, in the first picture the wraper is wraped from the cap to the foot, and in the second picture, the wraper is wraped from the ash to the cap… I don’t understand… :)

    If you smoke mini cigars or italian Toscano, probably you know, that you get the same result, if you lit the wrong end.

  10. Sorry…, in the first picture the wraper is wraped from the foot to the cap, and in the second picture, the wraper is wraped from the cap to the ash :(

  11. Don’t you think it might have been wrapped ‘from both sides’?

  12. Impossible, it is clear: the wrapper is wrapped is from the foot to the cap in this picture: http://www.cigarinspector.com/images/cigar/romeo-julieta-cedros-1b.jpg

    Maybe the next picture is from other cigar.

  13. Could be! I smoked it with a friend, so you are probably right – I don’t really remember which was the cigar I took the pic of.

  14. In 20 years i tried 10 or 12 box of cedros 1 2 3,never find one decent.I don’t understand some hight rate in lots of expert’s review!

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