Origin : Cuba
Format : Grand Robusto (Gordito)
Size : 141 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Price : ~$15 each
More info about purchasing Romeo y Julieta cigars...
Romeo y Julieta Escudos are only available in the 2007 limited edition. In Spanish, escudo means shield or arms and there is not much information about this cigar. We only know that the tobacco leaves for the wrapper, binder and filler have been aged for at least 2 years. The factory name, gordito, is simply a longer robusto.
The wrapper is almost maduro, it is smooth and silky. The pre-light smell is simply intoxicating. Vegetal and spicy notes during the pre-draw.
Fully satisfied by the construction - the draw was as good as you can get and I hardly paid any attention to the burn. At the same time, I must say that one was completely plugged. Beware.
Predictably, the RyJ Escudos LE2007 starts with lovely notes of cedar and green pepper. It doesn't taste too young; almost 2 years in the humidor were probably enough to let this cigar reach its height.
I detected earthy and mushroom flavors in the second third, the bouquet at this moment is quite complex. Rich taste of nuts and raisins near the end. Overall, a complex yet elegant cigar, medium-bodied and medium-flavored.
As this is a Limited Edition, expect to pay some extra money. In this case though, this money is rather well-spent.
Overall Rating :
This is an example of a successful limited edition, which is not always the case. What's cool about this smoke is also the fact that it's ready to be smoked now, there is no need to wait 2 more years.