Filler / Binder: Honduras and Nicaragua
Background: Romeo y Julieta has done well in our eyes here, with its lowest scoring offering coming in at an 86 – The House of Capulet. Not far off were the Havoc, House of Montague, and Media Noche. And the tops of our list that we have tried? The Romeo, which scored a 92. All are respectable scores, from a respectable brand – and we expect more of the same from the Habana reserve for today’s review.
Appearance (0-20): RyJ has been relatively consistent with the appearance of their cigars, bands, and wrappers. I only say relatively because in recent years they have done some things that are a little more outside the box to entice some new customers in. This one, however, harkens back to their normal roots – a clean solid cigar with minimal veins and a straightforward band. That band is brown and matte gold, giving off the pertinent details of the smoke. Nothing flashy – just their standard fare. There a couple of small imperfections in the wrapper itself from a discoloration standpoint.
Construction (0-20): Without even picking this one up, I can see that the cap itself isn’t as snug as I would prefer. But the overall wrap job otherwise seems to be on par. Once I picked it up, I could feel that the stick was well packed. It’s soft and silky to the touch. The initial cut had a minimal amount of excess tobacco, and the prelit draw was really close to being the perfect amount of resistance (though a tad tight). After lighting though, it opened up to the proper resistance. The ash held pretty easily for about an inch and a half at a time, but was slightly flakey.
Strength (0-20): Medium to Full. This smoke definitely hits the realm it needs to, though I will say I feel it’s a bit closer to the medium side of the realm.
Flavor (0-20): The predominant flavor right off the bat is one that is of nuts and some peppery spice. There is also a very slightly bitter flavor floating in the background, akin to a weak coffee. As the smoke continues, leather and earth meld in almost seamlessly. The flavors remain consistent throughout with just the slightest of variances – sweetness and some delicate touches of wood.
Value (0-20): Here is where a cigar, with the inherent flavors and strength, drops into a bargain price. At $3.75, I would absolutely pick this one up as a normal smoker.
Additional Notes: Paired with water. Provided by the folks at Cigars City.com
Overall (0-100): Romeo y Juliet has been a bastion in the industry, and for really good reason. The flavors they put into their cigars are some of the most consistent out there. This is no exception. Nuts, pepper, and bitter coffee will hit your taste buds immediately but it will be followed by sweetness and delicate touches of wood. It’s simple and pleasing, but still packs some minor transitions in the blend that will keep you from being bored.
While the appearance and construction aren’t exactly going to wow you, they are still definitely good enough to get by. Ditto for the strength, which sits more toward the medium end of the medium to full spectrum that it is billed at. But for the price of $3.75, there isn’t much to complain about. In fact, this is exactly the type of cigar that will be the perfect day to day cigar – it’s got great flavor and is balanced perfectly with the strength with a price tag anyone can handle.