Romeo y Julieta – Wide Churchill Review

Mar

17

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Brand: Romeo y Julieta (Cuban)

Series: Wide Churchill

Size: 5 1/8” x 55 ring

Origin: Made in Cuba – Cuban wrapper, binder and filler

Price Paid:  Purchased in Cuba for approximately $12 CUC – Worth approx $28 CDN

Paired With: Coffee, black.

Cigars Smoked For This Review: 1

RYJ Wide Church1

While setting up for a beer brewing session this past weekend, I debated which cigar I’d be passing time with while patiently mashing my grain.  Sizes, regions, strength…. as per custom, I was having a tough time making up my mind.  When I’m choosing a cigar to smoke while working on something, I’ll usually go with a stick that’s tried and true, as compared to something I want to experience for the first time. Another layer in the decision making process is that I usually reserve my Cuban inventory for occasions when I’m doing nothing other than smoking a cigar.  As considered these criteria and weighed one cigar against another, I realized that as of late, I’ve spent very little time enjoying my Cuban smokes, which is the whole damn reason I’ve accumulated a collection in the first place.  With little further thought, I marched to the wine-a-dor, pulled out one of the ‘Cuban’ shelves, and grabbed the first cigar I laid eyes on.  In this case, I really lucked out and snagged a Romeo y Julieta wide Churchill which happened to be a few years old.  Black coffee in hand, I returned to the garage and fired up the RYJ while contemplating the finer points of oatmeal stouts.  Here’s how the smoke played out:

Construction:  The construction of my RYJ wide churchill was very good, with a medium firmness from cap to foot. The medium tan wrapper appeared slightly rumpled in places, but had no obvious defects. The layers of the well executed cap were clearly visible before I chose to cross cut the wide churchill with my Xikar V cutter.  The unlit foot had a very faint, aged tobacco smell, and the cold draw offered no distinct flavours.

RYJ WideChurch2

First Third: The RYJ wide churchill opened up with a dark, or bitter chocolate character to it. The bitter, cocoa like flavour up front led into a rich, creamy mouth feel backed by a toasty, nutty flavour, finishing with a familiar, leathery Cuban note. The draw was medium and the burn was mostly even, requiring one slight correction.  The strength through the first third was medium.

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Second Third:  The second third of my RYJ was a spectacular balance of roasty / nut and toffee flavours.  I specifically made note of the absence of any spice or pepper character during the second third. Just pure rich and savoury notes with a nice, dry leathery undertone, and a slightly pungent character coming directly from the wrapper. Have you ever thought about smoking ‘Turtles’ chocolates? Neither have I, but I imagine if you could, they’d taste almost as badass as the RYJ wide churchill did during the second third. The draw and strength remained medium, and the RYJ continued to burn evenly through the second third.

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Final Third:  There was very little difference between the final third of my RYJ and the second third.  The depth of flavour remained consistent, and the savoury / roasty / toffee notes stayed nicely balanced with the leathery undertone.  As the cigar dwindled down to the finger burning stage, a slight bitterness crept into the draw, alerting me it was time to say farewell to an excellent cigar.  Right ’till I committed the nub of this cigar to the Stinky ashtray, the smoke was thoroughly enjoyable.  The burn stayed even until the end, and the draw and strength remained medium.

Overall:  At the risk of repeating myself with certain Cuban cigars, the RYJ Wide Churchill was a cigar that demonstrated exactly what makes Cuban cigars special, and why it’s worth letting them age for a while if you have the patience.  The depth of flavour, balanced with a nice leathery character and medium strength was only enhanced by a few years of aging on this particular smoke.  Cuban cigars are not known for their consistency  or quality control, and I’ve had a number of high end, expensive Cubans let me down over the years. That being said, the Romeo y Julieta wide Churchill was a shining example of what you can expect when a good Cuban cigar smokes the way it was intended to.  Would I recommend this cigar? Absolutely.  I feel the depth of flavour and medium strength would be appreciated by both casual, or novice cigar smokers, as well as the seasoned enthusiasts.  Would I buy another? Not anytime soon as I’m trying to whittle down my inventory, but I’d happily smoke one if I had the chance.

Rock out,

 

Matt


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