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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Romeo y Julieta Romeo 505 Nicaragua Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: arrow34
78
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by one of our faithful admins junglepete (Pete).  This particular round was run as a blind review.  Each member received the exact same stick and none of them knew what it was.  The actual stick that was reviewed was the Romeo y Julieta Romeo 505 Nicaragua Toro.  Thanks for all you do for us Pete!

Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with water and a small nip of scotch

Pre-Light: 8 Points of 10 Possible

The feel of the cigar is pretty good, a medium pack, not over stuffed, Sharp box press with a nice medium to dark brown leaf.  Nice espresso, hay, leather aroma and pepper aroma form the foot.  Cold draw is a slight sweet... something i cant place. Reminds me of Davidoff nic.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

Ok... on first light of this cigar and first puff.... something is soooooo familiar about this cigar. Good smoke output. I have some spice, leather and a touch of a herb i cant quite pin point.  The fist half an inch of the burn is going a bit off, but i have hopes it will correct itself. Burn is still not behaving perfectly, but not tunneling or getting too out of control. Nice grey ash, but it is now getting loose and fell off in my lap...

Beginning of 2nd 3rd, burn corrected itself.
Cigar went out and i had to relight, was pretty random.
Smoke output is still pretty good and burn is staying sharp after relight.



Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible

The draw is perfect on my example of the mystery cigar.  Just the right amount of resistance.  The wrapper has zero imperfections and the wrapper isnt too veined, darker natural/habano wrapper. The cap look to be a double cap and was put on nicely.  Attractive stick, but i am partial to box pressed cigars.

Final third (really last 1/4)starting canoeing...

Flavor: 32 Points of 45 Possible

First 1/3, start more medium.  Flavors of metal, leather, pepper, and a slight herb.  The start is nice and smooth.  Aftertaste, spice, a bit toothy of a bite on the end.  Reminds me of a habano wrapper.  Ash held on until i accidentally lost my grip while setting it down in the ash tray and the first 1/4 inch fell off...
Now getting some salty and spicy flavor on the aftertaste also at the en dof the 1st third.  Retrohale is peppery and pretty strong, leather, and espresso.

2/3 Strength is starting to come up a touch to medium plus, flavors havent changed.  Retrohale yields slight change to the flavor, a toasted fruit or sweetness is there.  Cant figure out the flavor of it though.  Strength is staying at medium plus to medium.  Flavors seem to be backing off a bit at the half way point.  Wood, leather, creamy taste and the aroma is a bit sweeter.  The flavor was starting to drop off the deep end... but..

Being of final 3rd.  Flavors come roaring back and the strength kicks up again!  Leather and wood are a big component and black pepper.  Turning a bit sharp on the aftertaste, a bit astringent. Ended up setting it down with a little less than 1/5 of the stick left.







Summary

The cigar started strong...  Went a bit off in the middle and ended strong.  I dont know what it was though.  I didnt get the flavors I was hoping to get.  I enjoyed it and would give it another try... but not sure if i would buy a box.  Maybe I got a dud.  Interested to see what this mystery cigar will end up being.  Seemed familiar.my guess is a Davidoff Nicaragua



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