Reviewed by Adam Cheal (July 2001)
I had a pretty awful week last week and it didn't seem like anything would turn it around, wrong! I was chosen as one of this months taste challengers after only registering for the scheme a few days before and was told I would be receiving three lovely Havana's. I couldn't wait to find out which cigars I would be sent and was not disappointed when it was the Romeo y Julieta Corona. The delicate pleasure conduits were placed into my humidor to recover from the journey.
Upon first inspection the three cigars didn't seem to be the best constructed for what I have come to expect from the brand, although they seemed fair enough if not a little rough and veiny. The three cigars varied from each other enough in appearance that I would guess they were likely to have come from a small pack rather than from a box of 25.
The wrapper was a nice Colorado shade, perhaps slightly lighter, which I found unusual for such a mild smoke as the R y J. The aroma was pleasing but the cigars seemed to be rather young. The cigars did however seem to be quite firm which I perceived as a possible tight draw problem.
With the initial pre judgements I decided to think about what really matters and arranged the objects needed for my cigar smoking ritual. First I usually take my time choosing just the right cigar (in this case it was the R y J corona), I then place it in my ashtray along with my guillotine cigar cutter and my cigar matches. The whole package is then transported to my smoking area. In this case it was a comfy chair in front of the TV.
Cutting the cigars was uneventful and the caps came off clean with no flaking. I then had a brief toke just to confirm if my guess about the tight draw had been correct. I am pleased to say I was mistaken, the draw was clear.
Lighting was easy and the mild smoke washed my pallet. The flavour was smooth with a mild, salty earth flavour. During the smoke however the flavour became a little inconsistent and I found it difficult to describe the overall taste. A good example of a young cigar.
The second smoke was in contrast to the first cigar, the flavour started out almost medium to full, very unlike the R & J. But as smoking continued the flavour panned out and became more medium and what I would expect from the brand.
The third cigar was like a dream. It smoked well, the flavour was consistently medium all the way through. The flavour was earthy, rich, extremely aromatic and with a hint of background spice. Truly joyous with everything a Havana should have! I could not believe that three cigars of the same brand and size could be so different.
Overall I would say that the cigars are well constructed, had a pleasing taste and aroma but too inconsistent to recommend for any particular occasion. More likely a day time smoke as there was not quite enough punch for an evening smoke but too much for an early.
I would not recommend the Romeo y Julieta corona to the beginner but experienced smokers will enjoy the cool spicy and surprising flavour, this one will keep you on your toes!
P.S. Thanks for the opportunity to participate the taste challenge C-gars.
by Joss on Friday 07 November, 2014
I purchased this cigar in the 'medium flavoured cuban sampler'. I must say I was a little disappointed. Burn and construction were very good - however I found the cigar to be lacking in smoke aroma and the taste wasn't special in my opinion. I know these are a very popular brand but I find the H.Upmann an Hoyo de Monterrey equivalents superior to these.
by James on Sunday 06 July, 2014
Sheer pleasure been smoking mainly non Cubans but this lovely cigar proves that they really are a cut above the rest might have to get myself a box
by James on Sunday 06 July, 2014
Lovely little cigar, perfect burn nice lingering woody peppery taste loads of creamy smoke grab some you won't be disappointed.
by Ash on Saturday 21 May, 2011
Very disappointed. I have had only one other of the brand before, and was expecting this one to be just as tasty. But i couldn't actually taste the thing, except a very slight woody aftertaste. I'm still not put off of the brand because of the great experience i had with the first i'd tried. Despite my disappointment, I still give this one three stars due to its flawless construction and fair aroma.