Romeo San Andres

Size: 6 x 54

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres)

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua

Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A

MSRP: $9.55

Cigars smoked for review: 1

Cigars for review provided by: Altadis

Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system..

Prelight: This San Andres Romeo is firmly rolled, with tight seams, minimal veins, a nice oily sheen, and a dry, rough feel on the fingers. The band on this cigar really pops! I noticed it from the beginning, but it is crazy defined in the photos.The aroma has notes of wood, hay, and cocoa, the wood is similar to fresh cut sawdust. The foot has notes of semi sweet chocolate, manure, and fermented tobacco. The cold draw is like taking a draw from a bag of chocolate chips, with wood and earth undertones. It is worth noting that this cigar is extremely firm on the exterior, almost like it’s been candied, but the draw is very smooth.

Beginning: The first third start off strong. The profile is medium-full right off, with that chocolate chip flavor and a dry finish. There is also a black pepper note on the finish and a little bit of earth comes through on the retrohale. It’s very flavorful, quite strong, and very enjoyable, with a nice tingle starting on my lips now. The burn is perfect and forms a nice tight ash.

Middle: There is a dirty chocolate flavor that dominates here, with the earthy, dirt note being the strongest.  The black pepper is turned up here too, with a nice tingle on the tongue and more burn on the retrohale. Everything ramps up here honestly, the body, the strength, the pepper, and the overall flavors. I’m really digging it.

End: By the end, this Romeo is full strength and full bodied. The black pepper dominates, though it is not crisp and fresh, but more of a muted, wet black pepper note. My tongue is tingling now and I can feel the nicotine level now. It is strong and has some bite, but even with a steady smoking rate, it never gets harsh or hard to smoke.

Final Thoughts: This is a very good cigar and will definitely fit the bill for those that like some strength. But I think it will work for those that like a solid medium, because this Romeo isn’t a firecracker. Just a solid cigar, with great quality, and one of my favorite wrappers. I don’t need a lot of power cigars, but I would sure keep some of these for when I do. I almost rated this a 5 pack, but it is definitely worthy of a box split. Definitely the best Romeo I have had in a long time.

Rating: 90 aka "Box Split"

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