A few months ago Altadis announced they were adding another chapter to a timeless love story, ROMEO by Romeo y Julieta. Romeo Y Julieta is one of the oldest, and most well known cigar brands, Romeo takes a bold twist on this classic line. Altadis has launched a nationwide series of events to promote the ROMEO so look for events on the AltadisUSA website linked above.
In Altadis’ own words the new ROMEO would be “Robust, full-bodied and rich in complex flavor nuances, Romeo is meticulously crafted at the famed Tabacalera de Garcia in the Dominican Republic by the skilled hands of the factory’s most accomplished artisans, each with decades of expertise, chosen specifically to create this uncommon cigar.”
With all of the fanfare that took place to introduce this new line, I must say I was excited to try out Altadis’ newest offering. It has been a good year for Altadis thus far, the Vega Fina Sumum, and Jose Seijas both being excellent releases. As a result, I’ve started to expect alot more in quality from Altadis. ROMEO certainly has a big role to live up to. You can follow Altadis on Twitter (@thecigarlife) and on Facebook.
Size: Toro (6 x 54)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano-seed
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The box for the new ROMEO has a very sleek post-modern look to it which really catches the eye on the shelf. The band also has a nice look, the letters ME featured most boldly, and the letter RO written much smaller up top with the last O written even smaller near the bottom. All the letters are written in white with gold tracing. The wrapper of the ROMEO is a reddish brown with little in the way of veins and a moderate amount of oil. It is fairly smooth to the touch, features a tight small cap, and rolled used the booking method.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the ROMEO has a bit of a mineral scent to it along with notes of leather and hay. The foot has notes of leather, hay, cocoa, and a bit of salt. I go with a V – cut to prepare for smoking and take a cold draw which has notes of tobacco, cedar, and hay.
Smoking Characteristics: ROMEO starts wit a bold flavor profile. The first third has notes of natural tobacco, cedar, leather, and cinnamon. The flavor is very rich and well blended. The draw is perfect, each puff producing a full body of rich, cool smoke with ease. The burn likewise is perfect, the line holding as tightly as the ash.
The strength starts out medium to full with the flavor initially being bold, but not very complex. Each draw does leave a light cedar flavor on the tongue but not much else.
Going into the second third the strength starts to kick up a bit moving towards the fuller side of things. In this third the tobacco flavor eases off a bit, but there are more cinnamon, cedar, and leather notes than before. Now a rich pepper spice has also joined the profile. It is a mix of both black pepper and a bit of cayenne as well. The pepper flavor really does lend a bit of complexity and balances out the flavor profile. The smoke is still very cool, yet it warms the palate slightly between draws.
During the final third the strength continues to build. Both the draw and burn have remained excellent during the entire smoking experience. The black pepper note starts to ease off during this third, but the cayenne flavors hold on strongly, as do notes of leather, cinnamon, and cedar. The ROMEO smokes cool to the nub and took almost an hour and forty minutes to finish smoking.
Conclusion: The ROMEO is certainly a solid offering from Altadis. Do I enjoy it as much as the Vega Fina Sumum or Jose Seijas? No, not really, it lacks some complexity in the flavor profile. That being said, it is a good stick which has a nice balance to the flavor, and a good blend. It is a bolder offering in the Romeo Y Julieta line, and I certainly prefer it over several of Altadis’ current offerings.