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  1. Charlie H.
    February 25, 2016

    RyJ is “meh” for me…

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  2. Jmorena
    February 25, 2016

    I gave up on this brand years ago. Mild + no flavor = quite lame. Glad you enjoyed these though.

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  3. Bob E
    February 25, 2016

    A great cigar for those new to cigar smoking who are not certain of where their tastes run on the flavour spectrum. But I have always found RyJs too mild to enjoy. They lack the intensity of a full flavoured cigar like, Partagas.

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  4. Brett K
    February 26, 2016

    This matches my experience – lots of very good flavor, but frequent burn issues. Virtually every one required some burn correction.

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  5. John Bruce
    February 26, 2016

    I’m a bit new at this; so, let me get this straight. $11.32 per stick for a 3 star on construction (i love dealing with “major burn issues, …wrapper separation, …canoeing, …gopher holing and tunneling”), and about 3 1/3 stars on each of appearance, flavor and overall rating. How does all of these irksome issues make this a “great value … at EXTREMELY reasonable cost”?

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  6. Julio
    February 26, 2016

    That’s an interesting review. I have about eight left of a box of 25 bought roughly 2 years ago. Noticing the production date of yours, something bad has happened to these. I’ve had nary a burn issue with my box (now about 3 years post production).

    One of my favorites in my box. My notes on flavor would be more traditional with lots of coffee and earthy, cocoa notes. It’s as if we’re smoking two completely different sticks.

    These are not “every day” smokes at this price point (on my budget) but I do agree they are a good value. Maybe there’s been a changing of the guard where these are rolled and it’s a new crop of rollers that’s causing construction issues?

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  7. El Humo De Los Dioses
    February 28, 2016

    @John Bruce— Good question!!!

    It’s $11.32 a stick for no other reason than I cannot directly import them here; and were it not for having them come here to the States by way of Europe the cost would be much less. I have to look at things through the eyes of an international audience, who may or may not have those layers of expense tacked on to the normal price for the goods. You can easily look at $40US per leg of the shipping trip, and if you take the shipping away, the box is more along the lines of $210US, which is very reasonable even if one did have to deal with construction issues.

    It’s kind of like the Bolivar Pederoso’s I reviewed earlier in the year. You get one honkin’ fat stogie but not paying a honkin’ fat price for it.

    Be that as it may, even with all the issues the Cuban version of the RYJ WC’s are light years better than the non Cubano RJC’s you can get here in the States. I would cough up the cash for the Cuban, whilst using the available in the US version as nothing more than glorified corn cob toilet paper.

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  8. Mike R
    March 17, 2016

    I’ve never had a Cuban RyJ under 10 years old that didn’t taste like trying to drain a tar pit through a straw. The fact that people are happy to pay more for these than for an excellent Edmundo or Upmann No 2 simply beggars belief.

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