We sample a selection of special editions from Romeo y Julieta
Length: 162, Ring Gauge: 52
Romeo y Julieta is one of the world’s bestknown Cuban cigar brands—and with good reason. It was launched in the 1850s, though its Aniversario Humidors actually date from 1875, when the range was fully established. Still, this is one of Habanos’ oldest monikers. No wonder, then, that the Cuban tobacco giant classifies Romeo y Julieta as a global brand with a major market share. Its mediumstrength cigars are manufactured using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba, and as a result, the brand has gained a strong global following.
However, in the 1980s, Habanos sought to shake up the brand a little, adding a selection of new vitolas to a range that had, until then, been dominated by pre-1960s releases. And in 1999, the Romeo y Julieta range was given another fresh breath of life when Habanos decided to create special releases for the brand. This started with the Siglo XXI Humidor, which included a number of Romeo y Julieta cigars.
Since then, Romeo y Julieta has been on something of a roll with its special releases, which are almost always revered by fans of the brand. What’s more, the brand’s recent efforts have realised new shifts not only for itself, but for Habanos as a whole. With that in mind, we sample some of the more interesting Romeo y Julieta special releases to have come out of Cuba over the past 16 years.
This special release marked the seventh time that Romeo y Julieta was chosen for Habanos’ annual Edición Limitada series, though what was special about this one, the ‘De Luxe’ was that it saw the debut of an entirely new vitola – dubbed the Capuleto. Similar to a double robusto in shape, the cigar features a dark, oily wrapper which exudes that classic Vuelta Abajo scent of leather and spice. And on the initial draw, that oh-so-sweet flavour of cedar is added to the mix. This is classic premium Cuba.
Making your way through the first third, notes of coffee are added to the mix, while the cedary flavour exudes a little sweetness on the exhale. Despite the bitterness of the coffee, it’s a smooth mix overall, and the medium-bodied profile encourages you to keep on puffing to see what other delights lay further down the stick. However, making your way into the second third, it’s clear that not much else is coming in terms of excitement. The cigar chugs away with that standard cedar, leather and coffee mix, and it’s certainly very pleasant, but a little extra spice wouldn’t go amiss. Indeed, the flavours fail to morph at all throughout the second third.
However, towards the final third, things start to pick up a little. A strong citrus burst makes itself known just as you’re about to give up hope, with strong vegetal notes coming and going between puffs. The cedar morphs into more of a sharper wood flavour, which works wonderfully well alongside the coffee. Overall, it’s a well-balanced and exciting profile—we just wish it kicked in earlier on.
RATING – 7/10