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Habanos S.A. took a page out of Padron’s handbook and has released some previously aged cigars. Anejado means “aged” and the Anejados project by Habanos S.A. involves cigars that have been aged 5 – 8 years before release. Habanos has released the Romeo and Julieta Anejados and Montecristo Anejados as part of this project. The Montecristo offering comes in a Churchill format, but this review focuses on the Romeo y Julieta Piramides. These Anejados releases give the consumer an opportunity to try an aged Habanos cigar without the wait. Padron and other Non – Cuban cigars are known for releasing cigars with tobacco that may have been aged 5, 10 or 12 years. Habanos is attempting something new with these releases and I am excited to see if it comes off.

Information and Appearance:

  • Brand: Romeo y Julieta – Habanos S.A.
  • Where did I get it: Cigar Hut
  • Cigar Info:
    • Vitolas:
      • Only in the 6 x 52 Piramides
    • Blend
      • Wrapper: Cuba
      • Binder: Cuba
      • Filler: Cuba
    • Construction looks fantastic with a light tan wrapper leaf. There are no large veins and the wrapper itself looks smooth and elegant.
    • I like the piramides vitola and I’m excited to see how this cigar performs.
    • The total burn time for this cigar is roughly 90 minutes, but it could be a little less depending on how fast you like to smoke.

Burn and Draw:

The draw is a little tight in both the dry draw and for the first inch or so of the first third. As the first third progresses the draw loosens up and performs well for the remainder of the first third and the second third. However, the draw again tightens up in the final third, which lasts until the end of the smoke. Having an inconsistent draw can be a problem for a cigar, because it never really allows the flavors and the finish to truly develop. However, the changes in this draw are fairly minor and do not have a large impact on the experience.

The burn performs fairly consistently throughout the smoke. The actual burn line will waver from time to time, but it tends to correct itself.

Score: 90

Construction:

First of all, this is a very well made cigar. You can tell the care that went into making the cigar with the smooth wrapper and how the cigar is firm. The Romeo and Julieta Anejados keeps its shape well throughout the smoke and the ash holds on well. Even though the draw is somewhat inconsistent, the cigar itself burns at a nice pace and does not burn too hot. All and all, this is a well made cigar that smokes well.

Score: 92

First Third:

Smooth flavors of cedar, tobacco and spice greet you right when you light this cigar up. These smooth flavors speak to the aged tobacco in the blend. These smooth flavors are followed up by some subtle cream and sweet notes. However, the core of this cigar is a traditional finish of leather, tobacco, spice and cedar flavors.

Even though the flavors found in this cigar are pleasant and smooth, the balance is thrown off due to the strength. I would put the cigar’s strength at roughly a medium plus, but some may put the strength a bit higher than that. I often talk about how important it is to balance strength with body and flavor. In this case, the strength matches the body, but these overshadow some nice traditional flavors.

Score: 89

Second Third:

The second third begins with the same traditional flavors of leather, tobacco, cedar and spice found in the first third. Moreover, there continues to be slight cream and sweet notes that come in and out of the finish. Similar to the first third, there is a great deal of strength and body in this cigar. This focus on strength and body is unlike other Cuban cigars I have smoked. What this cigar lacks in subtle flavor complexity and a layered finish it makes up for in body.

Score: 88

Final Third:

As the cigar progresses into the final third the Romeo y Julieta starts to smooth out. Hints of sweetness and coffee add complexity to the finish that I was looking for in the previous two thirds. The final third performs very well. The cigar keeps its shape well and the finish gains complexity, as opposed to becoming too harsh to smoke. I really enjoy this final third, but part of me wishes the previous two thirds had this level of flavor complexity in the finish.

Score: 89

Overall:

The Romeo Julieta Anejados is an example of Habanos S.A. taking a risk and trying something new. Aged Cuban cigars are highly sought after and both the Romeo and the Montecristo Anejados gives the cigar enthusiast a chance to experience an aged Cuban cigar without the wait. This particular cigar’s success depends on whether you reach for flavor complexity or a cigar with strength and body. I think people who are looking for a fuller Cuban cigar experience with aged tobacco will really connect with this cigar.

Overall Score: 88 – Very Good

Recommendation:

For those smokers who want a fuller Cuban cigar experience with strength and body will easily enjoy 5 – 10 of these Romoes. However, if you lean more towards the Partagas Serie D No. 5 or the Robaina Famosos, I would suggest trying one right out of the box and possibly aging another one or two for a year or so. I think that this and the Montecristo Anejados will be hotly debated cigars within the Habanos smoking community and they are well worth a try. Even though this Romeo did not connect with me, I like that Habanos S.A. is taking risks and I will look forward to the next Anejados project.

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