Cigar Review: Romeo Pyramid by Romeo y Julieta

Cigar Review: Romeo Pyramid by Romeo y Julieta

Romeo Pyramid by Romeo y Julieta

Size: Pyramid  (52 x 6)

Wrapper: Dark Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Strength: Medium

Price: $7.50

Grade: 8.0

Altadis USA, owner of the (non-Cuban) Romeo y Julieta brand has recently released an expansion of the R&J line under the name “Romeo”.  The Romeo is a departure from the classic R&J by offering a fuller bodied and fuller flavored smoke utilizing a dark Ecuadorian Habano seed wrapper.  The Romeo branding is also a departure from the classic by being much more bold and modern as opposed to the traditional style of the traditional R&J line-up. Of course we don’t smoke bands (intentionally) so that’s not particularly relevant.

But enough of that, how’s the smoke:

PreLight:  (1.7)  The Romeo had a very dark, veiny wrapper, in places you can see that its been stretched during the rolling process.  It feels very well packed with no soft spots.

Burn:  (1.9)  The Romeo had a perfect burn.  The burn line was razor sharp and even thorough the smoke.  Construction was very, very good.  The draw was excellent,  maybe a slight bit loose, but that could have been caused by cuting the head a little too high.

Flavor: (2.2)  The Romeo started off with a very light flavor with a bit of tartness to it.  The tartness reminded my of mustard seed.  After about an inch the core flavor emerged.  The main flavors the Romeo offered were cedar with an oakiness to it.  The retrohale was also very true to the core Cedar and oak flavors.  Body was mild through the first third.

Into the second third the flavors were mostly cedar and oak with the tartness fading some and transitioning to a mild peppery spice.  The body of the Romeo picked up about half way through and eventually settled in the medium range.

The final third was identical to the second third with no transition or deepening of the flavors.  The tartness reemerged towards the end of the smoke and left a mild bitterness on the finish.

Overall: (2.2)  First things first, the Romeo is a bit outside my usual flavor profile.  That said, I was interested in smoking the Romeo because of the dark Ecuadorian Habano  Seed wrapper and felt the Dominican filler,would provide a good platform to showcase the wrapper.  Unfortunately I think the Romeo could have used a bit more in terms of flavors or complexity.

While the flavor the Romeo offered wasn’t what I often enjoy in a cigar, the construction and draw were excellent. I would say that for the smoker who enjoys Romeo & Julieta’s but is looking to explore something with a little more bite, then the Romeo is definitely worth trying.

Total: 8.0