I was given this cigar by a generous BOTL and simply told to write a few words about my thoughts on it from a NOOB's perspective and I gladly obliged. This is the first of five aged sticks he sent me.
The RyJ is a petite Piramide that measures at roughly the same size as a robusto and has approximately 13 years on it.
The preflight draw had a perfect amount of resistance and tasted of dried fruit and sweet tobacco.
I toasted the foot lightly with my torch and finished it off with a lit piece of cedar.
While smoking this cigar I had a glass with 3 fingers of Gentleman Jack on the rocks and 24 ounces of tepid distilled water. Total smoking time was 75 minutes and it kept a solid burn line the entire time with no touching up or relighting necessary.
I am keeping this as unbiased and informative as possible with my limited palate and expertise with habanos.
The cigar from start to finish kept a very similar profile, so I am not going to split this into thirds. The main flavor of the cigar was a flavor I can only describe as a typical RyJ profile. I have tried 4 or 5 different vitola from RyJ and they have all had a somewhat similar flavor. This one was no different, but had seemingly gotten quite a bit milder over time. The flavor was creamy dark chocolate with baking spices and a bit of leather, but they were very muted. The retro reminded me of when I'd leave some Dunhill Elizabethan in my pipe for a few hours after an initial smoke and come back later to find it a little moist from the humidity. Strange, I know, but this was exactly the memories is was bringing up. There was also a flavor in the background that I can only describe as old. Its almost like that was where the twang used to live, but the twang had been twung. The flavors never changed much, though they did intensify as the stick burned. The last third was pretty good once everything came to full force, but the beginnings were a little weak.
My thoughts are that it may have been a bit past its prime. If it were ROTT, I'd say there was hope but I can't honestly say I think more age would make it any better. That's just a noobs opinion. The cigar was not bad at all, though the strange old flavor in the background was a little off-putting.
I really appreciate the kind donor for giving me the opportunity to try this little piece of habano history. I cant wait to try the next four.
Thanks for reading, folks.