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Romeo y Julieta Belicosos Cigar - 1 Single

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Description Ref # RJ1600

Length: 5 1/2" 
Ring Gauge: 52
Strength: Medium 
Packaging: 1 Single Cigar

Vitola: Campanas
Smoking Time: 45 - 60 Minutes
Other Cigars in this Vitola:
Romeo y Julieta Belicosos
San Cristobal La Punta
Sancho Panza Belicosos

Named after William Shakespeare's tragic lovers, the origins of Romeo y Julieta as a Habano date back to 1875.

The brand rose to international fame during the early years of the 20th Century under the direction of Don 'Pepin' Rodriguez, a talented promoter, who was amongst the first to recognise the power of the cigar band. During his hey day no less than 20,000 different bands were used in production.

Winston Churchill became a devotee of the brand. Following his visit to Havana in 1946, his name has not only been commemorated on a band but it has also served to describe the marque's most famous size - Romeo y Julieta Churchill.

The 21st century has seen the arrival of two additional sizes using the name. The first called Short Churchill, a robusto size that had been missing from the range, was added in 2006. The second launched as the 21st Festival del Habano in 2010, was Wide Churchills, which boasts a 55 ring gauge to mark the trend amongst enthusiasts for stouter girth vitolas.

Romeo y Julieta's balanced and aromatic blend of selected filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo zone make it the classic medium bodied Habano.

Today Romeo y Julieta is well known around the world as ever and offers the widest range of long filler sizes in any Habano brand.

Tasting Notes

Good construction and burn. Earthy and woody notes, with hints of sweet honey and pepper. A truly exquisite delight.

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94 / 100

"...First puffs of this box-pressed belicoso leave sweet and savory impressions of salted caramel, wood and vanilla. Subtle notes of oaked red wine make this a very complex smoke..."

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by Staff on Tuesday 07 June, 2016
Reviewed by Karen Starke (October 2000) Cigar in hand, the cares of the day melt away with the warming sun, and for the next hour there's nothing that demands my attention save watching daffodils nod in the breeze or listening to songbirds sing in the trees. Last week, a perfect excuse to indulge myself for a few such evenings arrived from C.GARS Limited - three lovely Romeo y Julieta Belicosos. Each one was perfectly constructed and any would have served to benchmark the classic Havana pyramid. The wrappers were rich colorado, a reddish-brown hue, and glistened with a slight sheen of oil. There was only a touch of veininess, and not a blemish to be found. Although the cigars had a slight give to them, the heft of these belicosos betrayed the generous amounts of tobacco leaf that lay within. The triple caps perfectly tapered, befittingly crowning these achievements of the cigar roller's art. The RyJ Belicoso appeared an aristocrat among cigars, and these samples conveyed their heritage proudly. As wonderful as these cigars looked, the weather proved uncooperative. A cold and rainy string of days forced me to postpone my outdoor plans, and I set out to smoke these cigars in the quiet, darkened corners of the local brew pub and coffee house. There, I removed less than a quarter-inch on the first clips of these cigars. For me, the experience the shape of the pyramid brings provides one of its appeals - the flavors and smoke from the blend of leaves in its large foot, concentrated and carried forward to its narrow head. The pyramid combines the complexity and richness of flavors found in a larger-gauged cigar with the mouth-feel and size of a smaller-gauged cigar. After slowly warming the foot of the Belicoso, I carefully lit the cigar with a few careful and tentative puffs. Despite the small cut I had made, the draw on these cigars was perfect. Just the slightest pressure was needed to bring forth mouthfuls of rich and creamy smoke. From the first this cigar impressed me with its sophistication. It was as if I had strolled into a smoky, sultry Manhattan jazz club after midnight. A woody, almost leathery foundation punctuated with improvisational notes of espresso, walnuts, and tannin enchanted me. I settled in, prepared to allow plenty of time to savor this rich yet somewhat mellow cigar and let its subtle complexities wash over me. I relished each mouthful of the medium-full bodied smoke, letting the RyJ Belicosos reinforce its presence with a long and dry finish. The pyramids all burned perfectly, an indication of both their quality construction and careful storage. As they burned, they produced that dark and solid ash so characteristic of Havanas. About two-thirds the way through the cigar, I carefully shaved another eighth of an inch off the top of the cigar, releasing fresh waves of flavors for my palate to enjoy. I find this second clip especially beneficial for belicosos; it removes whatever tars may have built up and opens and renews the cigar. The last strains of these cigars were bittersweet moments. Would that I could have stretched them a little longer! The Romeo y Julieta Belicoso was a smooth, complex, and refined cigar, without a trace of harshness in its blend. It's not as brash or bold as some Havana's, but it certainly is a rich, almost intellectual cigar, and would be appreciated by any connoisseur.
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by samuel on Thursday 12 April, 2012
If you can get your hands on a few aged R y J Belicosos,then you are in for a bit of a treat.Having been a long time fan of these,I have been disappointed with the releases for some time.Pre 2000,these were,earthy,spicy,woody little numbers,with depth and blend complexity,but over the past few years the quality has fallen.Still worth a try though if you are fond of the milder blends.
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by ArchivedCgarsReviews on Saturday 10 November, 2007
A medium - mild bodied cigar. The constructon was good, but the wrapper seemed a bit dry. There are notes of leather , friuit (berries), and long spicey finish. A nice cigar, but a bit mild for my liking. written by Michael
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by ArchivedCgarsReviews on Saturday 10 November, 2007
Always heard these could be harsh. Pleasantly surprised to find cedar and spice flavors in good balance with the firm productive draw. Fun to give away. written by JM USA
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by ArchivedCgarsReviews on Saturday 10 November, 2007
As a fan of R&J I tend to like their cigars almost instantly. Yet, something is missing from this one. The flavour is somehow held back and the notes of fruit and spice are not at all powerful. I found it too light for its own good. written by Mihai
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