Reviewed by Joe Gellman (27th December 2000)
Hold the presses! This is a fantastic smoke. Not only were the samples I set aside for review great, but every stick in the box was "right on."
Samuel Johnson wrote, several centuries ago "It is better that some should be unhappy than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of quality." What, you ask, does this have to do with the cigar in question? Well, it's rather simple: I'm smoking this uncannily superior cigar and you aren't!
The No. 4 is a Robusto, more correctly a Hermoso No. 4.; thus, its name. It is 5 x 48 (12.5 cm x 1.9 cm) and every cigar in the box was the same (as if sameness could be considered wrong). My dress box of 25 was very nice though I would love to have a cabinet of 50 (SLB) to store in my humidor.
From the first, this cigar provided delight. The entire box had a sweet, fruity and cedary aroma. The cigars were a deep colorado. All looked rich, silky smooth, and when handled, supple yet not fragile. The cap was immaculately done and the foot was cut to perfection. This cigar was made to be smoked, but not before all the senses took it in.
There was a distinct rich fruity taste before lighting. I was amazed at the quality of the cigar and lit it, quickly. The cigar lit well and burned evenly to the end. Cedar, floral, and fruit immediately came through from the first puff. While there was a sweetness to the cigar, it was subtle, not overpowering. The rich flavors never faltered and the cigar had a most perfect draw, cool and inviting. The aromas that wafted in the area caused me to stop for a moment and take it in. Marvellous, at the least. While there was no crescendo at the end of the smoke, the flavors and aromas only seemed to mature to the point that I simply had to light up a second one less The cigar was rich and medium bodied. This vitola is not of the old school of Havanas, but of the new generation, waiting to be discovered by one and all.
I would ascribe the term "fresh" to this cigar and would not be surprised if it became one of the best sellers in this size. The taste lingered for a short time and left me with a fruity taste in my mouth quite unlike any other Havana.
This is one cigar which I would very highly recommend and, if C.GARS Ltd's selection is all of the same mien, I would buy it quickly.
Reviewed by Joe Gellman (3rd May 2001)
A rarity for Cuban cigars - all writers agree that this is an excellent cigar. Thinking myself a writer, I have to agree.
I purchased a cabinet of this cigar and laid it away for a few weeks to settle, in my humidor. As I slid the cabinet lid open, I knew immediately, from the aroma wafting before me, that these cigars were going to be wonderful. I wasn't wrong.
While I generally write a review after smoking one or two cigars, I wound up smoking five before I sat down to write about the cigar. Frankly, I was awed by the first to the point that I thought the wonder of this cigar must be a fluke. After my fifth cigar I came to the conclusion that I had to purchase another cabinet of these great cigars.
The cigars were all firm, silky, a little deeper in hue than a Colorado Maduro, and finished by a holy driven hand. All were an exacting 5 x 48 with no distinguishing imperfections. By the time I smoked the fifth cigar the remaining cigars in the cabinet were beginning to show some bloom. The feel of the cigar was very pleasant, all having a subtle fruity and floral aroma to them. Pushing my semi-Bergerac nose into the cabinet, I was able to attest to a light sweetness as well as an occasional whiff of cedar.
I was reading James Ellroy's Clandestine as I lit the last of the cigars. The cigar lit without hesitation and gave off a delightful floral aroma. The draw was perfect and, from the first, began to develop from a light to a full medium smoke, at the wondrous climax, nearly doing in my lips.
The cigar was fresh throughout, always maintained a light sweetness, and happily developed a floralness unlike any other cigar. The cigar is certainly aromatic but it never appeared to be overwhelming. There was always a fruity flavor to the cigar, never overshadowing the other flavors and aromas.
The finish to this cigar can only be described as BIG. With a perfect draw, running once or twice, the flavors all combine at the last third of the cigar. This, to the extent that I laid down my book and simply savored the cigar, making sure nothing interrupted my pleasure.
I have noticed a distinct difference between the cabinet and the boxes of 25. There is more flavor and aroma in the cabinet cigars and I suspect they will age better. I already placed an order for a second cabinet.
Reviewed by Mark Cloer ( December 2000)
It was a happy holiday indeed when I received the three Romeo y Julieta Exhibition #4 Cuban cigars for taste testing a few days after Christmas. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!!!!
All three cigars, my favorite vitola, measured just under the 5" X 48 ring, with a light brown to slightly greenish wrapper with moderate veining. Two of the three cigars were firm and one was soft to inspection. All displayed a fine triple cap. After allowing the three beauties to settle down after their long journey I chose a cool evening on the back porch to clip and light the first cigar. With the orange glow of my portable gas heater to chase the cool night air away, on the initial light the wrapper split a small measure up the cigar, evidence of the need for more time in the humidor. A hint of spice as my palette became accustomed to what would develop into a truly memorable smoke. As I smoked through the first 1/3 of the cigar a wonderful earthy, nutty complexity became apparent. The ash was a dark grey with subtle vein trails requiring a forceful removal only twice throughout the smoke. The final 2/3 simply reinforced the complexity of flavors aforementioned with only a slight but pleasant increase in spiciness. the draw and volume of smoke was surprisingly nice for this vitola.
Cigar two and three offered no surprises, one smoked a little more unevenly, undoubtedly the softer roll of the three. Otherwise I would recommend these to any aficionado who likes a complex medium bodied smoke. My only regret is I don't have the other 22 box mates to age in my humidor and savor throughout the year. My sincere thanks to C.GARS LTD.
Purchased two of these one for a friend and one for myself as we both enjoy the romeo no2s. Took it on holiday with me and saved it till the last evening as a holiday treat. I had smoked a inka secret blend rojo red tres petit corona a few evenings before and was surprised by how tasty it was, especially as it was a cheap smoke. The same can not be said for this. It was not a bad smoke but by no means a good smoke. The best i can say is that it past 45 mins or so inoffensivley but for me it was quite bland and lacked any real flavour.
Excellent smoke this one. Feeling a tad sorry for myself due to an ongoing condition, I decided to smoke the last of a Robusto sampler I'd picked up from CGars. And boy, did this cigar do the trick.
Lashings of thick smoke had me blowing rings bigger than Saturns! There was ample body to the flavour with subtle hints of pepper and cinnamon. Due to not being able to drink alcohol (damn those tablets!) I paired this with a strong Kwonggi Mountain coffee which complimented it brilliantly. There was a nice balance of flavours going on with hints of chocolate and cream but nothing too overwhelming.
It did the trick, lightened my mood, and made me realise life ain't so bad after all!
And do you know what? I'm feeling a little better too. My quack will put it down to the tablets but I know what really helped - nurse, pass me another one of those R&J's, please!