November 15, 2013
Origin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo Jalapa
Binder : Nicaraguan Jalapa & Esteli
Filler : Nicaraguan Jalapa, Nicaraguan Esteli, Nicaraguan La Mia
Price : ~$8-9 each
The new RyJ by Romeo y Julieta should be hitting the market in your area very shortly if it hasn’t already. And if you are a fan of the brand, Nicaraguan sticks or a cigar with a bit of spice than this is one for you.
I was fortunate to be given a few Toros to review, and I have to tell you, these take the number one spot in the Romeo stable for me. Right from the get-go, the aesthetics grab you with the white red and gold double banding wrapped around a mocha colored, silky Nicaraguan wrapper that was specially cultivated for this blend. The pre-light aroma is of sweet espresso.
Toasting the foot released a more pronounced scent that added deeper notes of ginger. But the big surprise was on the light. The very first puff brought out a burst of cinnamon flavoring that I had not experienced so early in a smoke up until this stick. It did not last long, but it was a refreshing experience and opened the door for the cigar to begin its complex journey.
The richness of the RyJ grew with each puff with robust flavors of nutmeg and mocha becoming more and more potent. The marriage of these flavors was very pleasant on the palate and left a taste that only lingered as long as it should. You eagerly awaited the next burst of flavor and anticipated the changes that cycled through the experience.
At about the 2/3rd point and through the finish the spiciness came forward and mixed with the deep dark chocolate notes to produce a favorable tang on the sides of you tongue. I brought this one down to the nub.
Do yourself a favor and give this one a try.
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