The distributor of Cuban cigars in the Netherlands has an aging program. They store certain boxes of cigars in perfect conditions for some years before releasing them on to the market (with only a small mark up). These cigars usually come with a secondary black and gold band saying something like “vintage” and/or the year of the boxdate.
On the boxes they usually apply a large round sticker in the same colours (black and gold) informing the customer that the box was part of their aging program.
This Romeo y Julieta Belicosos came without a secondary band and from what I could tell from the picture on the retailers website the box didn’t have the aged sticker either. Yet so many Dutch retailers seemed to have boxes of this particular cigar from ’07 that I start to think they must have been part of the aging program too. Either that or they must have found a stack of 2007 boxes at some warehouse somewhere.
The night before Christmas I decided this cigar would be my night cap along with some Christmas stollen, cashew nuts and some green tea (both iced and hot).
As soon as I lit the cigar I got some floral notes that reminded me of a Mille Fleur. However, this didn’t last long. The first third was mainly about milk chocolate with a slight pepper at the end. No more peppers in the second third and the mix of sweet notes and nuts reminded me of nougat. Throughout the majority of the first and second third the flavours seemed to be a bit masked by a slight dry harshness that could by best described as hay or straw. The final third was more about cacoa and occasionally some grassy notes.
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Romeo y Julieta Belicosos
|Size||52 x 140|