Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill

  • Price per stick: £15.50
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Length: 4.8″
  • County of Origin: Cuba

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I had high hopes for this cigar for a couple of reasons, firstly its a Cuban and secondly it’s a very well known brand which is the favourite for a number of celebs.

The build quality was very good and it’s obviously a square-pressed cigar, but aesthetics aside, it’s un-faultable.  It was very firm and had a good weight to it. Cutting was also a breeze with the cap falling nicely into the ash tray.

I was smoking this in an outdoor cafe in Covent Garden after a sweet crepe and accompanied by a cappuccino.  I lit with a turbo blue flame lighter and again, faultless so far.  The first couple of puffs were great and produced copious amounts of smoke.

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The first third was really enjoyable and the ash was holding very well – nothing better than having a large, solid ash stack on the end of your ‘gar.  The flavours were constant throughout the smoke and consisted of rich, complex earthy notes, leather, dark chocolate and a little coffee.  I put the cigar out around 2/3 or 1/2 way through due to bitterness and also feeling quite a nicotine rush.

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There were burn issues starting around the latter half of the cigar, about 30 minutes in or so.  It wasn’t ‘canoe-ing’, however it kept on going out.  Another downside is that the stack of ash was rather ‘flakey’ meaning that the slightest blow of wind or a little nudge and you’d get some ‘cigar dandruff’ on you.

Overall I really enjoyed this smoke and apart from the price, it’s great.  There was no real ‘wow’ factor however and I still enjoyed the Nub Maduro a lot more.

Overall Score:

  • Looks/Feel: 8/10
  • Smell before burn: 7/10
  • Burn: 6/10
  • Taste of smoke: 13/20

Overall: 34/50

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