Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Piramide
Size : 127 x 19.84 mm (5 x 50)
Release : 2005
Price : ~$15 each (if you can locate them)
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I spotted this beautiful stick at Casa Fuster in Barcelona and, of course, I just had to pick up a sampler of these classic smokes. Even though I'm not a fan of the Romeo y Julieta brand, I had high expectations for this petit torpedo, mostly because of its age. 7 years (at least, because limited edition leaves are supposed to be aged prior to the release) seemed sufficient to me for the cigar to start shining, so I didn't wait long before firing one up. In fact, I was so impatient that I torched it 20 minutes after the purchase in a café nearby.
The Petit Piramide has a toothy wrapper with visible seams. Bumpy, it smells very nice of fermented tobacco. The overall impression is rustic.
The smoke production was weak in the beginning, but it got much better at the end of the first third. The cigar had a really beautiful ash, firm and uniform in color. No complaints here.
The pre-draw had notes of wood and butter. As I lit the cigar, I was greeted with balanced spicy flavors (black pepper). Soon enough, the spice bomb that wasn't one settled out and I was able to enjoy a pretty amazing combination of sweetness and saltiness - those two flavors were alternating for the entire first third. The cigar was light to medium-bodied at this point. The power increased slightly and I distinguished roasted coffee notes with some oak. Wood gets more prominent in the second third, the cigar remains really balanced and smooth, with just enough spice to keep it entertaining. Last third, and we're at medium-bodied point. The flavor profile is still as balanced as before, with the addition of some surprising hot chocolate notes. I obviously nubbed this one.
Seems like the Romeo y Julieta Petit Piramides is at its peak right now. If you've got some in stock, open the box and try one. If you see some in a shop, act quickly - I might leave you behind.
Overall Rating : (4.75)
This cigar is a perfect example of what 7 years of age can do to a Cuban stick. I'm almost sure that I wouldn't have ranked it the same way back in 2005. It's also a reason to buy boxes of limited editions and age them for 5+ years, something that is admittedly extremely difficult to do.