Ha­banos Añe­ja­dos

Length: 156, Ring Gauge: 52

Virtuozity - - BRAND -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.