Every cigar has its advocate or distractor. Cuban cigar fanciers often can see nothing wrong with any cigar from the Isle. Others are more inclined to have an open mind on cigars from all areas. I like Cuban cigars and generally find them a great smoke and highly recommend them. Still , not every cigar is a total winner. Here are my thoughts on this particular cigar, read my review and then make your own judgment. How and where I receive the cigar does not influence my way of thinking.
Brand/Name of Cigar: Romeo Y Julietta Short Churchill
Country of Origin: Cuba
Size: 55 x 51
Shape: Short Churchill
Where and When smoked: Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge, 7/8/17 Los Angeles , Ca.
An attractive combo of a light brown wrapper, slightly tight to the touch with a gentle oily feel. No obvious issues with veins or other defects. It’s a very clean-looking smoke with a striking cigar band.
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma:
The first third came across of a combination of bitter chocolate, coffee, earthy infusion of grass. Spice was present was not of any consequence. Medium to full, fairly smooth and consistent.
There was an uneven burn during the second third and a re light. Was surprised at this as the construction looked very solid. The flavor also grew more spicy with a black pepper dominance. I started to feel the effects of the spice hit and got somewhat overwhelmed. The chocolate was still around. I should have eaten a meal before smoking this cigar.
This smoke became a juggernaut of strength and dominance as I smoked. A word to the wise: Eat something solid before you take on this blend. Prepare for a full onslaught of power. The cigar was not to blame for this. It was my lack of good judgment. The uneven burn was an issue but not overwhelming to the cigar.
Final thoughts and the numbers:
This was a cigar of full strength and I was not thinking correctly on my prep. Keep this in mind as I would recommend this short Churchill to a hearty smoker but not to a novice. The potential to getting your ass kicked from smoking is a real possibility. Buy a couple for your humidor but eat before you undertake this blend.
Appearance/Construction: 3.8 out of 5
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 3.8 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 out of 5
Conclusion/Overall Impression: 3.6 out of 5