Cigar Review: Romeo y Julieta Vintage

RyJSize: 6×43, No. 1

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Mexican

Filler: Dominican Olor

Strength: Mild

Price: Box of 25, $106.95

Grade: 8.9

Utilizing a three year aged Dominican Olor tobacco, the Romeo y Julieta Vintage gets its smoothness from the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and its complexity from a Mexican binder. The Vintage was introduced in 1993 and, though billed as a luxury cigar, it is priced around $5 a cigar when purchased in a box.

The Vintage is produced in nine sizes – 6×43 (#1), 6×46 (#2), 4.5×50 (#3), 7×48 (#4), 7.5×50 (#5), Torpedo (#6), 6×50 (#7), 5.5×44 (Corona Tubo), and 6×50 (Toro Tubo). To view an illustrated size chart click here. The Vintage is also available in a Maduro.

Romeo y Julieta is distributed by Altadis USA, one of the major powerhouses that is also responsible for such brands as H. Upmann, Montecristo, Trinidad, and Nat Sherman. You may visit Altadis online.

On to the toast…

Pre-light, 1.7:
Working through a five pack, the samples were most inconsistent in the pre-light category – the stick was spongy toward the foot on most, while there was a split head and darkened cap on one sample, which didn’t match the color of the rest of the stick. The seams on the almond colored wrapper are uneven and mismatched. The draw has a moderate but comfortable resistance and a very pleasant aroma and flavor, with notes of sweet cedar, a muted barnyard, and a very sweet fruit that reminded me of green apple core or a sour apple flavored jolly rancher.

Burn, 1.8:
The burn on the RyJ Vintage was excellent – the ash stacked cleanly and evenly, though a bit discolored, and the draw has the perfect amount of resistance once it reaches the second third. In between draws the cigar rests perfectly and has no trouble producing plentiful amounts of smoke. It did burn a bit hot toward the nub but the thin ring gauge may have contributed to this.

Flavor, 1.7:
Gentle and smooth, the dominate flavor profile is creamy and vegetal. There are also touches of sour apple throughout. As the Vintage progresses, the creaminess becomes milky and forms a medium finish that becomes harsh again toward the nub alongside the heat of the burn. A one-dimensional smoke, the profile is what you would expect from a mild Dominican filled cigar, but there is a bit of added complexity from the Mexican binder.

Overall, 2.7:
If you enjoy mild bodied cigars or are looking for a first smoke of the day, at under $5 a stick, I think you’ll be pleased with this cigar. Though the appearance and exterior features were inconsistent in the samples, the flavor and burn was spot on with each sample, which ultimately is what matters most to me. The flavor profile is gentle and yet creative and the burn is clean and provides no distractions. And you’d have to assume that after all these years, Romeo y Julieta knows a thing or two.

(Total: 8.9)