(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Earlier this year Altadis U.S.A. introduced the Romeo y Julieta 1875 Nicaragua. It’s a Nicaraguan puro made in Nicaragua by the Plasencia family.
The Romeo y Julieta 1875 consists of 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos and will be available in four sizes: Bully (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 50), Magnum (6 x 60), and Churchill. It will be available in 25-count boxes.
For Altadis U.S.A., this marks the third Nicaraguan-made Romeo y Julieta in the portfolio, and second one from Plasencia. The Romeo 505 Nicaragua is a cigar produced at the Plasencia S.A. factory. Earlier this year, the Romeo San Andrés by Romeo y Julieta was released – a cigar that comes out of AJ Fernandez’s Tabacalera Fernandez. In addition, Fernandez makes the Romeo y Julieta Crafted by AJ Fernandez, a cigar sold by Santa Clara Cigars – a distribution arm for Altadis U.S.A.’s parent company Tabacalera USA’s catalog business.
It is anticipated the Romeo y Julieta 1875 Nicaragua will be showcased by Altadis U.S.A. The cigar joins several other Dominican-made Romeo y Julieta releases with the 1875 name including Romeo y Julieta 1875, Romeo y Julieta 1875 Reserve Maduro, and 1875 by Romeo y Julieta. 1875 pays homage to the year the Romeo y Julieta brand was first established in Cuba.
The cigar is nice looking and has a nice weight in the hand.
The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a candy-like baby aspirin orange citrus but it was equaled by a heavy earthy black coffee. There were also nice brown sugar, cinnamon, and caramel notes. There was a nice amount of black pepper which I rated at an 8. Plenty of sweet notes and plenty of dark notes at the outset.
At the first third (32 minutes) the heavy earthy black coffee has toned down to something more manageable. The other sweeter flavors are just about like they started but they too may have toned down just a bit. The cigar is medium bodied at best. There seems to be a very light nutmeg in the mix but it is very light. The finish is mostly nutmeg with a touch of cream and some light lingering black pepper. The cigar has good flavors but it seems to be missing something. Perhaps the second third will reveal what's missing. For the first third I rated the cigar a 90.
At the second third (1 hour 7 minutes) the cigar got a little better. The missing part was the middle. There was not significant middle flavors. Now the cigar mixes much better. The flavors meld together nicely. The cigar is a low grade medium to full bodied; not a powerful cigar at all. At this point I rated the cigar a 91.
The cigar lasted 1 hour 37 minutes. A nice, long burn time. In the final third quite a bit of the sweetness declined. But, the earthy black coffee seemed to hold it's own or even slightly elevate. The candy-like baby aspirin orange citrus has decreased, the black pepper is still very good, the caramel is still working hard to keep the sweetness there, and there is plenty of nutmeg now as well as plenty of earthy black coffee. The finish has improved. It is now nutmeg, citrus, and brown sugar. The lingering black pepper has also increased. The cigar is medium to full bodied. With the decrease in sweetness I lowered the final third score to an 88. Overall this was a pretty good cigar. You can try these cigars by going HERE.
Overall Score: 90 (89.67)