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Thursday, 14 March 2002

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romeo y julieta vintage vi
In the RyJ Vintage VI, were talking about a cigar that used to be the undisputed heavyweight favorite of Dominican cigars...at least for a couple of our folks. This was going to be a real test for some of us at T25C. In the RyJ Vintage VI, were talking about a cigar that used to be the undisputed heavyweight favorite of Dominican cigars...at least for a couple of our folks. In the photo, the "old" Vintage VI is on the left, and the "new" (with the Tabacalera" sub-band), is on the right. It was tough to tell the old from the new without the bands. (If you weren't aware, Tabacalera took over the manufacture of RyJ Vintage Series cigars from Hollco Rohr in early 1999.) Both cigars looked good, not great, but better than acceptable. Unfortunately shape and looks are the only place these guys acted like brothers. "New" Vintage VI had a soft feel, just a touch softer than "old", but you could tell a difference. The cap on the "new" Vintage VI was better formed than the old, but in a later look at both boxes, this wasn't a consistent difference. Aroma is where they started to act more like feuding neighbors than siblings. The "old" cigar had a "relaxed" aroma, not real pushy, and not the least bit dominating. The "new" cigar attacked your senses with thick smoke that was not deemed enjoyable by 80% of our reviewers. Taste...hmmm, how to describe the differences? How about Walter Payton vs. Earl Campbell? No, that would be insulting to Mr. Campbell. For you baseball folk, maybe Mr. October Reggie Jackson vs. Bill Buckner? (Sorry Sox fans). Let it be simply said, that you can tell the difference. "Old" Vintage VI is smooth, consistent, burns clean, and is enjoyable through to the end. A creamy, likable flavor as the cigar progresses. "New" Vintage VI either has a lot of maturing to do, or is going to be a favorite gift to people's in-laws and enemies for years to come. Sour, overly peppery, and one of the worst aftertastes you can imagine. No reviewer was clamoring after the remaining "new" Vintage VI's, and I'm locking up the "old". The ultimate testament to these cigars differences is the fact that the "new" line of RyJ Vintage VI's can actually be found at some tobacconists. Go figure. We felt generous giving the "new" VI a grade of "C". Vital Statistics: Shape = Pyramid Length = 7" RG = 60 Wrapper = Connecticut, USA Filler = Dominican Republic Binder = Mexico Estimated Cost = $11.00



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