Edición Limitada 2009
Length: 140, Ring Gauge: 54
When it was unveiled in 2009, the Romeo y Julieta ‘Duke’ also represented a new vitola size for the brand. The biggest of that year’s special releases, its form resembled a grand robusto, and thanks to its consistent flavour profile and construction, it wooed fans of the brand instantly. Because of this, it’s worth revisiting the 2009.
The Duke sports a notably darker wrapper than we’ve come to expect from most Romeo y Julietas. It’s oily with moderate veins, but it still emits those classic premium Cuban notes of leather and cedar—only here it’s a little sourer than you might expect. The initial draw reveals great plumes of fresh-tasting smoke, though, doing away with the sourness that you get on the nose. Instead, as you make your way through the first third, the leather and cedar backdrop is punctuated with little hits of spice. Like Romeo y Julieta’s other special releases, it’s classic Cuban, and could be used as a benchmark alongside the best of what the country has to offer.
The second third ups the spiciness level, but this is balanced out with hints of grass and herb. What’s more, the leather flavours become more pronounced, leading to a nicely rounded mediumbodied smoke. Unfortunately, just as you think you’re getting going with an interesting flavour profile, things begin to fizzle out. The final third reverts back to the now slightly dull profile of the first third, which, while pleasant enough, doesn’t really deliver on the Duke’s dramatic looks.
RATING – 7/10