Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

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We have two quality cigars from quality brands to review for today, starting with the RyJ by Romeo y Julieta and ending with the Davidoff Year of the Horse.

RyJ by Romeo y Julieta Toro

Romeo y Julieta is not a brand that needs much of an introduction, as it’s one of the most recognized names in the industry.  Tobacco giant Altadis USA released the RyJ during late last year with the tag of “Taste the Magic of Nicaragua” to denote the fact that this stogie is 100 percent Nicaraguan blend.  Since Romeo y Julieta has never let me down in the past, I expect my positive impression of the brand to continue with this RyJ Toro that I’m about to light up.

The RyJ Toro measures 6 x 52.  There are two other sizes in the line: the 5 x 54 Bully Grande and the 6 1/8 x 52 Piramide.  As mentioned, the RyJ is a Nicaraguan puro.  Made in Honduras, this stick has aged filler tobaccos grown in Nicaragua’s Esteli, Jalapa, and La Mia regions.  It also features a double binder and a wrapper that was specially grown for Romeo y Julieta.  In terms of strength, the RyJ is listed as a robust smoke that falls into the full-bodied category.

I can say without fear of equivocation that the RyJ Toro is a cigar that is easy on the eyes.  Its chocolate brown wrapper is quite inviting.  There are a few medium-sized veins that are visible, and there is just enough oil on the wrapper to make it shimmer under direct light.  The cigar appears to be constructed well, which is not surprising considering who makes it.  I detect no soft spots.  A decorative band sits near the head that has a mostly red and white color scheme that blends in well with the wrapper's color.  The band displays the Romeo y Julieta name and RyJ moniker along with other markings.  There’s also a smaller band with a similar color scheme at the foot.  Before lighting, there is a sweet scent and a cold taste of coffee.

The burn of the Romeo y Julieta RyJ is solid through and through.  The draw is just right, and the gray ash that is produced is nice and firm.  The burn stays even from start to finish.  The cigar also stays lit on its own until the very end.  This is a smoke that takes around an hour and a half to complete.

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