Cigar Name: Romeo y Julieta Cazadore (6 3/8 x 44)
Cigar Description: Cuban wrapper and filler
Cigar Strength: Medium-Full
Review of the Cigar itself: A BOTL in Canada treated me to a nice cigar he had aged for about 2 years in his humidor. I was rather shocked when I got it but totally humbled by it. I had decided to save this cigar for that right moment and today seemed like it. The cigar is well constructed and although there are a few veins, they did not detract too much. My previous experience with Cubans (when I was in Mexico last May) wasn’t too great. But this cigar would be the ideal Cuban to smoke if I could get them regularly. The foot burned near perfectly when lit and, although it needed an occassional adjustment, it remain lit throughout. The aroma of the cigar was a pleasant mocha coffee smell with hints of cedar and earthier, leather tones.
As I took my first draw I noticed a sweet nutty and honey taste. The taste remained consistent throughout the cigar with an occassional jab of leather and earthy tones coming through. While it’s not a complex cigar, it is a great cigar. It’s interesting that this cigar is often touted for it’s fullness of flavour and not meant for a newbie’s palate. Perhaps that is why I am able to enjoy it so much at this point (although I still consider myself a newbie). I can see why Winston Churchill smoked this particular brand — it is definitely an afficiandos cigar. It is a huge shame that the US still has this embargo against Cuba since there are some fine cigars that are produced there that could be enjoyed here. If I was back in Canada, I would be enjoying these on a more regular basis I suspect.
It will be interesting to see if President-elect Obama will lift or lessen the embargo. One can be hopeful that he will and that he will minimize the impact that SCHIP will have on cigars. If you want to make both of these important issues for the Obama-Biden transition team for this year or over the next four years, add the question to the Transition team’s website here (you will have to register first before you can post a question). The more times a question is posted or asked, the more likely (I hope) that it will be an important issue. As I got down to the last third of my cigar and savoured the last bit of the sweet flavour, I’m hopeful that the year to come will be just as sweet.
Enjoyed with: Corona Extra and water
Smoke time: approximately 75 minutes
Final Review Rating: 9.5/10