The 2013 Edicion Limitadas are starting to be introduced into the marketplace. My local LCDH just released the 2013 Edicion Limitada Romeo Y Julieta De Lux and I was excited to grab a couple to review prior to an upcoming trip to Havana. I am hoping that this particular cigar shows shades of the 2009 Edicion Limitada Romeo Y Julieta Duke.
Let’s see how this is progressing….
The 2013 Edicion Limitada Romeo y Julieta De Lux is a fairly large cigar. It is a Capuleto vitola, comes in at a 52 ring gauge and is 6.4 inches in length. There are an undiclosed number of 10 count boxes released.
*information courtesy of www. cubancigarwebsite.
The wrapper is a dark chestnut brown and has an oily sheen to it. Fairly toothy and rustic looking. Aromas of heavy milk chocolate, caramel and earth emanate from the wrapper.
The construction is ok. Feels underfilled however, there is some denseness right below the band. I hope this doesn’t lead to draw issues. Triple cap looks a little bumpy and the foot is packed.
A quick twist from my punch and we are ready to roll.
The draw is muted. More restricted than I like it to be.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are lemoon, earth, cocoa and caramel.
Time to take this to the flame….
Roasted nuts, chocolate, sour dough bread and cream start us off on our journey. Slight hint of oolong tea. Strength is mild to medium.
The draw is restricted, despite the smoke production. The ash is a ‘Dirty’ white and the burn is ok. Seems too wet. Might have not been properly stored or just too fresh from delivery. Not a good start.
Retrohale is cocoa, roasted nuts and cream. Very delicate flavour profile. Soft and gentle as it moves through the nasal passages.
After finish is fleeting. Needs some strength to bolster the flavours and provide longevity on the palate. Good flavours, just not a long visit so far. Chocolate, roasted nuts sour dough bread and oolong tea leave as fast as they arrived….
Very odd; draw is restricted despite being under filled. I am guessing that tight spot just below the second band is the cause of this. Will have to try to massage the knotout.
I think I am going to freeze all new cigars from B&Ms before smoking as I sense that they are over humidified. The draw just seems better after freezing new cigars. My guess is that the freezing eliminates the excess moisture and ‘tightens’ up the cigar. Alternatively, I could always dry box the cigar for a few days to allow the moisture to dissapate.
Flavours are heavier now. Toasted oak, earth, leather and cocoa with a hint of floral notes. Very reminiscent of the 2009 Edicion Limitada RyJ Duke. Strength is at a medium level. The after finish is still fleeting. Strong initial dose of flavours however, leaves the palate quickly. The restricted draw also contributes to this. Needs to open up.
The retrohale brings cocoa, leather and floral notes. Good flavours but fairly light as it moves through the nasal passages. Would like to see an increase in floral notes to bring that ‘zing’
Damn cigar keeps going out. Fun and fustration, this cigar is. Good flavours yet fleeting however, the performance due to construction is lacking. Trying not to draw for the sake of keeping the cigar lit as well as to decrease the chances of nicotine build up at the head of the cigar.
Draw is opening up as we get through the knot. Much better now. Flavours are starting to emerge more profoundly. Strength continues to stay at a medium level. Nice richness now. More cocoa focused, in combination with earth, leather and floral notes. The floral notes have picked up as well, rounding out the flavour profile. There is an absence of sweetness. Limited impact of the maduro wrapper, which is a good thing in my opinion.
The retrohale brings woodynotes, cocoa and floral notes. More depth to it now that the draw has opened up. Seems fuller and in sync as it moves through the nasal passages.
After finish is richer now. Lasting longer on the palate than the previous two thirds. The cigar is starting to shine. Nice combination of woody notes, cocoa, earth, leather and floral notes. More balanced now, with the increased focus of the floral and woody notes. Finally showing glimpses of what the potential of this cigar can be.
This is a cigar with potential. Needs to smoke another one to get a better impression as I suspect that this cigar was too wet to fully show its pedigree. The positives is that the flavours are reminiscent of the 2009 Edicion Limitada RyJ Duke. Needs time to balance strength and flavours.