Length: 156, Ring Gauge: 52
Released in 2015, the Añejados represents a new special release tactic for Habanos. The idea is to give connoisseurs the opportunity to buy a pre-aged cigar, and in the case of the Romeo y Julieta Añejados, this means that it has been aged for five to eight years before reaching any stockist. It was released alongside a Montecristo Añejados, and what makes that interesting is that the Romeo y Julieta one is the same vitola as the Montecristo No.2, while the Montecristo one is the same as the Romeo y Julieta Churchills.
Concentrating on the Romeo y Julieta Añejados, the wrapper has clearly been dulled a little by its ageing process, meaning that the light brown colour is slightly less vibrant than the bands it sports. However, on the nose, you can tell that the stick has done well out of its ageing—there are sweet notes with floral tinges, with a buttery backdrop that makes you salivate as you take it in. Light up, and the cigar provides a surprising amount of pepper on the initial draw. However, things get smoother as you make your way into the first third. That buttery backdrop is clear as day, and as you make your way down, it morphs into a creamy undertone that works really well with the sweet notes above. It’s extremely well balanced and pleasurable—a hallmark of a well-aged cigar. In the second third, the peppery notes begin to show strength again, pretty much replacing the sweet notes that came before. Indeed, about halfway through, things get a little spicy, and it’s also possible to detect hints of citrus, adding to the drama of the experience. However, as soon as things are on the verge of getting out of hand, the Añejados calms down in the final third. The peppery notes subside, leaving little but the creamy undertone. It’s a slightly underwhelming finish to such a rollercoaster of a ride, but it’s also pleasant enough to not be disappointing. We wonder what another few years of ageing will do for the Añejados’ flavour profile.
RATING – 8/10