Cigar Review: Romeo Y Julieta – Romeo #1

• Made by: Romeo Y Julieta
• Wrapper: Cuba
• Binder: Cuba
• Filler: Cuba
• Ring Gauge: 40
• Length: 5.5”

I paired The Pyre Starter by Jaimie Schock with Romeo Y Julieta’s Romeo mostly because it had just reached its aging peak of about 3 years, after having been gifted to me by a friend, and I was burning with the desire to finally try it out.

It comes in a tube, which is always a nice touch, especially for me who tends to toss cigars into her bottomless pit of a purse. Visibly, there is a light brown wrapper and silky smooth. It also feels tightly packed so I decide on a straight cut to ensure a better draw. It smells kind of musty but I am not deterred from smoking it.

The cigar lights easily and has the stiff draw the packing promised. I struggle with it a bit and it tends to canoe. However, it tastes like dark caramel and black licorice. Perhaps it is because of the tight draw but the smoke output is about medium rather than the copious amounts I generally prefer.

About midway through the cigar the flavor becomes meatier, more medium bodied, with flavors of cedar and roasted cashews. It grows a mild amount of spice I cannot identify. As these flavors intensify, a floral note begins to make itself known in the second third of the cigar. All of these flavors culminate in an espresso finish.

Overall, I found the Romeo Y Julieta Romeo consistent if hard to smoke because of the draw. It was an even flavor that only intensified throughout the smoking, never really becoming overly complex but never becoming too dark or bitter either. It was a good, light to medium bodied cigar that I would recommend to someone who has never tried a cigar before, being easy on the palette.

It was in stark contrast to the book I paired it with, The Pyre Starter being an action-packed story that grabs you by your anxiety and doesn’t let go. I found this helped me from not being distracted from the book and missing any details of the action. Therefore, I found the pairing to be complementary rather than one overpowering the other.

In retrospect, I believe I would have preferred perhaps a Kentucky Fire Cured instead with this book. Something meatier and more intense but just as consistent and non-distracting. A KFC also has that little extra kick of being different that would have gone well with diverse cast of characters within the story.

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