Origin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : N/A
Price : 8.80€ each
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In my neverending quest to find the best robusto ever, I have decided to give Romeo y Julieta Short Churchills a try. Recently appeared on the market, I've heard rumors that this cigar was exceptionally interesting. However, it didn't quite live up to my expectations.
I noticed that the wrapper was a little bit rough to the touch, although it had a beautiful almost-maduro color. The double band looks beautiful, but mine was a little bit torn (see picture below); the torcedore must have been less careful than usually.
Not too impressed with the construction either. In spite of a good draw and lovely amounts of smoke, the Short Churchill didn't feel right, probably because of the first bad impression I had when I noticed the wrapper's imperfection. I had to relight it twice and I think this should not happen to a cigar in this price range.
The first third is very grassy and herbaceous with noticeable amounts of woody scents. Somewhere in the middle, the cigar gets remarkably spicy but the spice completely disappears in the beginning of the last third, replaced by strong earthy notes that are present until the very end. Again, the flavors were probably affected by the fact that the stick went out twice. I guess it would have been more delicate.
This is not the most expensive Cuban robusto, all right, but I would expect something better for almost 9 euros.
Overall Rating :
I smoked this one right after the Ramon Allones Specially Selected to compare and I must admit the RyJ completely lost the challenge. Perhaps it was my particular piece though, so feel free to give it a try (and don't forget to let me know about the result!).
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