What’s in a name? In the case of this particular stick, plenty. The 1875 Romeo y Julieta is one of Altadis USA’s newest releases – intended for brick-and-mortars only – but you may be scratching your head, thinking you’ve seen (or smoked) a cigar that goes by that name. You would be wrong, but only by a little. The Romeo y Julieta 1875 has been around for a while, but the makers just moved the date to the front of the name for this new concoction. Why go the confusing route? I have no idea why. I just nod my head and reach for the lighter.
CIGAR STATS: The 1875 (I’ll stick to that for now) is made in Honduras and features an Indonesian Shade wrapper around Dominican Republic binder (piloto) and filler (piloto and olor) leaves. It is available in five sizes: Bully (5 x 50), Dos (5½ x 44), Tres (6 x 50), Gordo (6 x 60), and Churchill (7 x 50). Prices range from $6.25-7.25 per stick. I smoked the Bully for this review.
APPEARANCE & SMOKE: The wrapper has a reddish-brown hue, with a couple of noticeable veins. It is well-wrapped, a bit on the tight side. When first lit, there is a sharp burst of pepper and spice, but strong notes of wood (cedar) and earth quickly develop. About an inch into the smoke, a bit of sweetness appears, and the mix of flavors becomes quite smooth. Later, at about the midpoint, some hay is also detectable. Throughout the smoke, the 1875 generates a steady stream of rich aroma that is extremely pleasant. Over the final third or so, as many smokes do, a bit of harshness creeps into the mix, but it’s too late and not enough to spoil the experience.
VERDICT: While the 1875 is not the equal of the Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real to this palate, it has a lot going for it. It delivers a tasty mix of flavors at a very appealing price. What’s not to like about that? Just make sure you call it by its proper name when you ask for it. For more information on the 1875 visit: romeoyjulietacigars.com – Brian Coyne