Size: 4 7/8 x 50 (Robusto)
Binder and Filler: Cuban
Strength: Mild to Medium
Price: About $10.00 a piece
Behind The Stick:
Another great product from the island, the Romeo y Julieta brand was established in 1875 by Incencio Alvarez and Mannin Garcia in reference to the famous story by Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet. Although the beginning went well and the cigars that were produced were well received the brand really took off after it was acquired by Jose ‘Pepin’ Rodriguez Fernandez (who happened to be the former head of Cabañas factory in Havana) due in majority to his constant travels to Europe and the Americas promoting his cigars. Two fun facts I found, Between 1885 and 1900 the brand won a large number of awards from different tasting exhibitions, the gold medals on the band in their honor – Secondly, Rodriguez was also known for entering his prized racing horse, Julieta, in multiple racing events around the world.
Due to his excellent salesmanship and the audience he was targeting, the Romeo y Julieta brand became more and more popular among the wealthy customers – some of which even demanded special or personalized bands for their cigars! Rumor has it that during the height of this fad the company produced over 2000 different unique cigar bands for their customers as well as over a thousand different shapes of cigars including their most popular including but not limited to perfectos and piramides.
Once Rodriguez’s had passed in 1954, the enduring revolution and the nationalization of the tobacco industry, the brand was relocated to the Dominican Republic, La Romana to be specific – where the production of the Romeo y Julieta cigars were intended for the American public under the watchful eye of Altadis Sa although the original, Cuban version is still produced and distributed as one of the islands best sellers.
In 2006, a new addition was made to the regular Romeo y Julieta lineup. The Short Churchill size, a Robusto, was introduced at the 8th Annual Habanos Festival in Havana, Cuba in 2006. I wonder if this new beauty can deliver as well as the rest of the Romeo y Julieta line – Please be sure to include your thoughts and comments!
I don’t know if it is the idea of ‘holy shit its a Cuban’ or if they really produce some amazing cigars from the island but this cigar was one of the most beautiful cigars I’ve ever had the privilege to smoke. Evenly packed from head to foot, only the slightest bit of sponginess at the end added to the anticipation. The triple cap was expertly placed and as I always check my pet peeve, the band was applied perfectly – the warmth of the cigar actually aided me in removal about an inch before the band – did I say this was an amazing cigar already?
For those who have had one I hope you agree, the flavors can really only be described by experiencing them for yourself but I will do my best. Right from the get-go a mix of sweet tobacco and hay (straw maybe?) lead the foreground and actually caught me off guard since it was much more on the mild side than I had expected.
After the first inch or so the cigar had a chance to warm up and really began to deliver – the bitterness of the coffee flavors and the sweetness of the tobacco was so incredibly well balanced I nearly missed the creamy – light leather flavor ebbing into existence near the end of the 2nd third. Rounding the corner and into the last 3rd, the cigar was well within the medium range but still had tricks up its sleeve displaying yet another change of flavor, this time into a more wood, cedar-ish sensation. I also need to note that throughout the entire smoke a ‘floral’ note was constant but I just could not put my finger onto what it was.
This is only the second Cuban blend I have ever smoked so I really can not say this is a ‘typical Cuban’ but as a specific, the Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill is just amazing! Great construction, perfect consistency on the three I had, and as far as Cubans go very reasonably priced. The flavor profile, although a bit more mild than I was expecting, was filled with rich and well defined flavors making this complex cigar a bit easier to pick apart. The burn was razor sharp the entire time and created a thin but dark black mascara line – as I have said before I really can’t say anything bad about them. If you get a chance to try the Islands treats I highly advise that the Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill be added to your search.
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