The 2013 Edicion Limitada Romeo Y Julieta De Luxe is a daunting cigar. It is a Capuleto vitola that comes into 52 ring gauge and is 6.4 inches in length. A time commitment for sure.
There were an unspecified number of 10 count varnished Boite Nature boxes in 2013
The wrapper is a dark chocolate hue of brown. Toothy and rustic to the touch.
The construction is ok. Feels a little under filled. The triple cap looks decent and the foot is packed.
A quick twist from my Siglo multi punch and we are ready to roll…
The draw is a little too open for my liking. I hope that this doesn’t become a wind tunnel.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are cocoa, dark sugar and earth.
Time to take this to the flame…..
A surprising start. Heavy in bitter chocolate, earth, leather and mushrooms. Very rich off the start. Strength is at a medium level. Hints of woody notes come into focus.
The draw is decent and the smoke production is impressive. The burn is razor sharp and the ash is a ‘Dirty’ whitish grey.
The retrohale brings cocoa, earth with touches of eucalyptus and woody notes.
The after finish coats the palate. Filled with bitter chocolate, leather, earth and touches of woody notes and mushrooms. Bitter at the end. A little rough around the edges. Tannic. Chewy. Strength is at a medium level and supports the flavours nicely. Richer than I thought it would be. Nice start…..
Earthy, leather, bitter chocolate and woody notes combine with touches of floral notes and eucalyptus. Interesting that there is a lack of sweetness here. Very rich and robust.
The retrohale brings bitter chocolate, earth and leather. Assertive as it moves through the nasal passages.
The after finish is very robust. Layers of earth, bitter chocolate, and leather, followed with touches of eucalyptus and floral notes. There is a bitterness at the end of the after finish that reveals a tannic offset. The medium strength level allows the flavours to linger on the palate for an extended period of time. Need to take time to allow the palate to recover before another draw. Surprisingly amount of power here. Tells me that it needs time to come together.
Very strong right now. Tough to smoke right now. Heavy on the palate. Boisterous layers of earth, leather, woody notes and cocoa. The strength has increased to medium to full.
The retrohale is equally punishing. The earth, leather and woody notes use my nasal passages as a punching bag.
The after finish is just tasking on the palate. Heavy in earth, leather, woody notes, and cocoa are aggressive and unapologetic. Overpowering. Not enjoyable. The strength has turned up the volume and it doesn’t help.
This cigar is not ready yet. Starts off nicely however, the flavours and the strength become over amplified and crush the experience. Surprisingly powerful and quite overwhelming at the end.
I think this will take a few years before the balance between the strength and flavours meld together and provide a more enjoyable smoking experience.
I do think that patience will pay off as the first third was a good baseline for the potential this cigar has in the future. Will let these sleep until next year to see if it has evolved.