I have been wanting to try this cigar for quite some time. Recently, the opportunity presented itself to obtain a couple of the tubo’s in a trade with a fellow BOTL, I did not hesitate. According the Habanos S.A. website, the Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill was released in 2006 during the VIII Habanos Festival and it was the first to feature the new redesigned band and tubo. It was also the first Robusto in the RyJ line-up. Not much detail is given about the blend other than that the tobacco comes from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba. But enough about that, let’s get to burning!
Origin: Cuba (Vuelta Abajo)
Size: 4.8 x 50
Age: Purchased in 2010, Box Date Unknown
MSRP: About $200.00 USD for a Box of 25
Number Smoked: 2
As with all of my reviews, I smoked both cigars I had in my possession. I usually prefer smoking a minimum of three, which wasn’t possible in this case, but more on that in a bit.
The Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill is an attractive Robusto that appears to be slightly box pressed. The wrapper is milk chocolate brown and silky smooth. The cigars are adorned with two bands. A red RyJ band and a secondary gold band with black print. The colors of the two bands contrast each other nicely and combined with the color of the wrapper, makes for a nice presentation. The pre-light draw was free flowing and I could detect crisp flavors of tobacco and wood.
After toasting the foot with my single flame, I was greeted to a perfect amount smooth smoke. The RyJ SC offered up a nice balance of coffee and graham cracker with subtle sweetness. The finish was medium in length and toasty. Thus far there was no sign of that Cuban twang or citrus notes that I have experienced with other Habanos and the strength of both cigars were mild/medium on the first third. The burn was a bit wavy, but the draw was perfect and the black ash held for about the first inch. It was at this point, however, I experienced some issues with the second cigar. Unlike the first one, I hit a void after the one inch mark. It wasn’t large, but enough to kill the perfect draw, and I quickly made the decision to clip off a half inch and relight. I do not normally do so, but honestly, I was really enjoying the stick.
The decision proved right, as I once again welcomed with the perfect balance of flavors and a perfect draw. By the halfway mark the strength and body notched up a bit to a solid medium and some cedar entered the flavor profile. It remained balanced with the other aforementioned flavors but the sweetness faded and I could detect some mild pepper on occasion. Again, there was no Cuban twang at all.
I had no further issues with construction with either stick, but both cigars did get a bit hot and harsh on the last inch and half. It didn’t take a lot of determination to slow down a bit and take more time between draws. I nub’d both sticks in under 60 minutes.
So is it possible to rate a smoke in this situation? If I had more, I would have gladly smoked another. Unfortunately, this is not the case. That said, I really enjoyed the flavor profile and strength of the Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill. Enough so, that there will be a box purchase in my future. Of course, it may not have the age of these gems, but I will be sure to report back on the podcast on how they are smoking. Until then, I think its worth a roll of the dice. “Box Worthy”