Every smoker out there has smoked a Romeo y Julieta, that is a fact. I know I have smoked a handful over the years and never been blown away by them. Hell, I am not blown away by a lot of Cuban Romeos and I am the mother f****** Tuna. The flavor profiles delivered by all are not my cup of tea, and it is what it is. This year Altadis, USA announced their newest Romeo y Julieta, the 1875 Romeo y Julieta. At first I was confused because I thought there was already an 1875 release, but then I quickly remembered that the number was after the RyJ rather than before it. Altadis really pulled a fast one on us with that one, and if they were aiming to make us confused, they won! Either way, I was told that it was a decent cigar for what it was and was fortunate enough to have some to try. The goal of Altadis was to make this release specifically for brick and mortar stores, something I appreciate, and was not a cigar that you could get online. We will see how that plan goes, but today I take a look at the cigar itself.
1875 Romeo y Julieta Bully
Size: 5” with a 50 ring gauge
Wrapper: Select Vintage 2010 Indonesian Shade (TBN)
Binder: Aged Dominican Piloto
Filler: Aged Dominican Piloto, Aged Dominican Olor
Cigars smoked for review: Two
Reviewed cigar under Cigar Federation rating system.
Appearance and Aroma: The robusto is rolled well and it is obvious that the wrapper has age on it. It has a natural coloring to it, classic aged wood, and there are some veins present throughout. They are small veins, but you can really see what the leaf looked like before being applied. There is a lovely cap placed on the cigar and the bands are applied well. There is an aroma of raisins, aged tobacco, soft spices and cedar on the foot, and the wrapper is showing an aroma of hay, wood and additional light spices. I hate the secondary band on the cigar, I would have gone another way, but the primary band is truly a tribute band to old cigars. In terms of construction, the cigar gets nine out of ten points, it is rolled well. In terms of aroma, I give the cigar eight out of ten points. From my understanding, this is the new Romeo y Julieta 1875, whatever that means.
Smoking Characteristics and Flavor: The cigar begins by showing some basic flavors that are not overly enjoyable. They are not bad, but they are lacking. I am getting those standard Indonesian wrapper flavors, and they are a flavor that was big many years ago but not so much now. It is showing some soft and natural sweetness, and it is pairing with a nice cedar quality. The aged Dominican tobacco flavor is noticeable as well, and it is fairly dry with some aged tobacco notes. Now, as I move further into the cigar it begins to open up and show some improvement. There are some spices now taking part in the flavors being delivered and I am getting some coffee bean notes with that. There is some leather notes as well, and they are all pairing with the cedar and sweet notes. The flavors remain to the end and provide a smooth smoking experience. From the beginning, the cigar showed excellent construction and it had a perfect burn line. There was a nice light gray ash along with that, and it held on firmly. The draw was cool and flavorful to the nub. In terms of strength and body, the first third is right below medium in both categories but it finishes around medium full. With smoking characteristics, the cigar gets 15 out of 15 points. Looking at the flavors of the cigar, the cigar gets 23 points out of 30.
Overall Impression: The cigar itself is not bad. I think anyone could smoke it and find some positive attributes. If you left this cigar saying it was terrible in all areas and showed no positive qualities, you would be full of it. Is it an overly complex cigar? No, it is not. Is it a flavorful cigar though? Yeah, it has some highlights. I would not buy these, they were provided to me by Altadis for review, but then again I really only buy particular cigars if not for review. I think this is a great everyday cigar for those novice smokers, and it is definitely a replacement of the original Romeo y Julieta 1875. It is definitely better than that cigar, but that is not a cigar you can replace. Honestly, if I was Altadis, I would have done something different with this cigar. I would not have made it a Romeo, and if I did I would have named it something completely different than what it is. I think they really messed up with naming this cigar and most retailers are going to get confused or confuse the hell out of consumers who are looking to buy this or its predecessor. I give it 28 out of 35 points. I was not blown away, but at the same time I wasn't asking for my time back.
Rating: 83 Points “If I Had Them”