November 16, 2013

Romeo y Julieta Nicaragua Toro (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.
Altadis USA continues with its renaissance and takes another step forward to capture the heritage, luxury and passion of Romeo y Julieta with its new RyJ by Romeo y Julieta – a new 100% Nicaraguan blend.
Full bodied, rich and spicy, the Nicaraguan made cigar features a special wrapper cultivated and grown exclusively for RyJ.  With a sophisticated double binder which marries rich leaves from Estelí and Jalapa  with aged filler tobaccos grown in Esteli, Jalapa and La Mia, the new RyJ is complex, deeply aromatic and wonderfully robust.
RyJ by Romeo y Julieta is launched in three front marks:
- Piramide – 52x6 1/8”
-Toro – 52x6”
-Bully Grande 54x5”
Country of Manufacture: Honduras
The cigar come in boxes of 20 and range in price from $8.00 to $8.75 each.
The cigar is well made and has a nice feel in the hand. It has weight.

The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm. The initial flavors after light up were black pepper, leather, dry toast, cedar, and sweet berries. The pepper is rated at an 8. The cedar and berries are sweet but there are a lot of lower register flavors.

About an inch or so in the leather notes are very prominent. The pepper is still very good. There are still notes of toast. The cedar is becoming sweeter and the sweet berries have blossomed into more of a floral note. They give the cigar an aromatic feel. The finish is a straight forward sweet cream with some lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. This is a vast departure from a normal RyJ cigar.

At roughly the midpoint the front end flavors have changed a little. You still have leather and toast notes. Every once in awhile I'm getting flashes of charred oak but they don't seem to stick around. Along with the cedar there is now nutmeg and there is some nice sweetness and a touch of richness. There are also some notes of grapefruit with bitterness but not in a negative way. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is pretty much what you would call full bodied at this point,

The cigar ended much as it was at the midpoint with few changes. The leather notes are somewhat subdued. The toast notes are still around. The cedar is still good, the nutmeg and floral notes are subdued. I continued to get charred oaks  here and there. The finish did not change throughout. The cigar is right at the line of medium to full and full bodied so you could call it either. Again, this is a vast departure from the normal RyJ cigar. Those of you who tend to gravitate to leathery cigars should like this cigar but it's not overly leathery. Good cigar that's worth a try.

Score: 89

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