Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 102 x 19.84 mm (4 x 50)
Release : 2012
Price : ~$8 each
Since the release of the Hoyo Petit Robusto in 2004, the Petit Robusto size has proven a great success for Habanos. Cohiba, Montecristo, Partagas (Serie D No. 5 and No. 6) and Trinidad also jumped on the wagon, with similar variations but same characteristics. A short, stout cigar that combines a short smoking time with the coolness and comfort of a larger ring gauge. The response was great, so it was only a matter of time before another brand came up with a petit robusto.
The Romeo y Julieta Petit Churchill, released in 2012, is a classic petit robusto, measuring 4” in length with a 50 ring gauge. Initially available in dress boxes of 25, 3-packs of tubos were to follow in 2013. My Petit Churchill had some time to rest after the long trip from Cuba and I am really looking forward to see what it has to offer.
Appearance-wise the Petit Churchill is almost flawless. The wrapper is smooth and shiny, with a moderate amount of veins and almost no imperfections. The bunch is firm and consistent and the triple cap is rounded and perfectly applied. Strong scents of wild flowers and walnuts emerge from the foot and the wrapper of the cigar and the prelight draw is perfect. Time to light up…
The Petit Churchill kicks off with strong, rich creamy flavours of vanilla, honey and a touch of wood. The body is medium and the flavours are well balanced. Smoking in the first third, the cigar shows a great deal of complexity; flavours of coffee, fruits, leather and dark chocolate are sharp and dominant, with hints of cedar on the background and the slightest touch of ammonia. The burn is good and the cigar produces clouds of smoke. So far so good…
In the second third the cigar settles down. The hints of ammonia have now disappeared, and the Petit Churchill is now sweeter. Honey, vanilla and coffee are the main flavours, with some cedar and earth still in the background. The body is still medium and the cigar draws well. It burns slightly unevenly, which is not a problem so far.
In the last third the body changes to medium to full and the flavours are now sharper again. Bitter chocolate, earth, leather and cedar are now the main flavours, with the sweeter flavours now subsiding. It is not as sweet and complex as in the first two thirds, but still enjoyable nevertheless. The Petit Churchill smokes well until the end, without getting hot or harsh at any stage. With less than an inch left, it is time to put it to sleep.
Overall, a great progression for a cigar of its size. With a bit of age on its back, it will surely refine its flavours more and discard the tiny bit of harshness from the start and the finish. I am a fan already!
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