Origin : Cuba
Format : Wide Churchill / Montesco (Robusto)
Size : 5.1 (130 mm) x 55
Release : 2010
Box code : RAE JUN15
Price : $283 for a box of 25
Recently I had the opportunity to finally sample a branded cigar that is readily available in my market, but typically supplied from different countries in Central America (editor’s note: non-Cuban Romeo y Julietas, some of them are reviewed here). Typically these smokes have been dry, grainy and more akin to puffing on a pile of sawdust than a true fine quality cigar. I am happy to say that the Cuban Romeo y Julieta rose to the occasion and has offered a stout cigar with plenty of taste that should satisfy most any avid Cubano lover and beginner alike. It is a nice smoke at an economical price for a Cuban.
Appearance : Rating:
Packed in a moderately brown wrapper, the Wide Churchill gives you the impression that you are about to enjoy a stout cigar, and the product does deliver on that promise. Were this cigar graded on appearances, it would be an upper tier cigar in my book. However, there are some issues with this smoke. Spines were sparse and small and no signs of oiling or blooming.
Construction : Rating:
I found a number of construction problems. The burn was not consistent and most of the cigars I smoked had major burn issues requiring corrections, some successful—some not. Draw was effortless, but the wrapper separated on just about every cigar at the point of clipping. Canoeing and gopher holing was almost a constant, with all cigars having some sort of an issue.
Flavor : Rating:
Taste is where this cigar redeems itself. Effortless lighting yields billowing columns of smoke with woody and oftentimes fruity and even melon-like notes. Taste was a very pleasant surprise, with these notes carrying themselves throughout all thirds of the cigar. Aging of this cigar could only amplify what is an already strong flavor package.
Value : Rating:
Simply put, this is a great cigar for the price paid. It gives something to just about everyone at EXTREMELY reasonable cost. A great value for what you pay for.
Overall Rating : Rating:
Though not what I would consider a top-tier smoke, this Romeo y Julieta definitely piques my interest in looking to see just what other goodies this company has from Cuban origin. If their more restricted releases can pack the power and taste this cigar did, they might just have something to offer the aficionado in all of us.