Cigar Review: The Romeo Y Julieta Reserve Toro

Romeo Y Julieta Reserve Toro

If you’ve been reading my stuff here you may not know that for some time I’ve been doing cigar reviews.

Why have I not posted any of them here?

Yeah great question. But today that changes.

While I do have my favorites, I also like to experiment on occasion and try a cigar I haven’t smoked before. I plan to bring you reviews of both going forward.

To start I’m going to review a new one for me – the Romeo Y Julieta Reserve Toro.

I’ve been smoking cigars since I was in grad school in 1991, and so I’m very familiar with the Romeo Y Julieta brand. From my experience they’ve been great quality cigars, flavorful smokes, and reasonably priced. They never made it into my regular rotation however, because I never felt that they really stood out from the crowd.

Their Reserve line has changed that.

The company describes the line like this:

Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve premium cigars are the most full-flavored Romeo y Julieta cigars ever! Handmade in the Flor de Copan factory in Honduras, the Habana Reserve combines Romeo y Julieta’s legendary smoothness with the rich, hearty flavor of only the most choice Nicaraguan & Honduran long-filler tobaccos, seamlessly rolled in dark, oily Nicaraguan wrapper leaves. A marvelously robust cigar brimming with earthy-spicy tobacco flavors on a long finish with a sweet and spicy aroma, too.

After smoking three of them this week, I agree. This is a GREAT cigar. Let me run down my evaluation of the four categories:

Taste
This cigar had a great taste – I give it a 91/100. It’s billed as a full bodied cigar, but I didn’t find it to be all that strong. It had a smooth earthy/woody taste that was light on my palate and didn’t hang around all evening. I do think though that they might get overpowered by my Macallan 12, but it would be an excellent complement to perhaps a port or a lighter scotch. It’s a great all-around smoke.

Construction and Draw
This is a hot button for me because I can’t stand cigars that have wrapper flaws and unwind or that won’t draw because they were rolled too tightly.

These did not disappoint. Their construction was excellent – I didn’t find a single flaw in any of them. Nor did I have any issues at all with the draw, even though I favor a relatively shallow cut. I give them a 100/100 in this category.

Consistency and Appearance
This is another hot button for me, because I have seen some glaring inconsistencies in cigars from the same box over the past few months. Talk about frustrating.

I’m happy to say that in typical Romeo y Julieta fashion these cigars had a high degree of consistency. They were beautifully made and they all smoked exactly the same. Mine lasted between 35 – 40 minutes each. I give them a 95/100.

Burn
I added this category to my reviews a while back because I started to get some really inconsistent burns on some cigars – to the extent that with several of them I had to relight them constantly. And if you enjoy cigars as much as I do, you understand how a re-light can impact the flavor of a good cigar.

I’m happy to tell you that while this cigar didn’t burn perfectly straight across, it didn’t go out, and it didn’t need a re-light to even it up. If you’re some sort of a purest this might impact you. I’m not – I’ll take a great taste over a perfect burn every time. I give them an 85/100.

Overall my rating on this cigar is a 92.75. That’s excellent in my book, and I thoroughly enjoyed them.

If you’re looking for an all-around great smoke, then you should definitely give the Romeo Y Julieta Reserve Toro a try!

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The Details:

ROMEO Y JULIETA RESERVE TORO
Strength: Full
Shape: Toro
Size: 6 x 56
Country: Honduras
Wrapper Color: Natural
Wrapper Origin: Nicaraguan
Wrapper Leaf: Habano

Pick-up Romeo y Julieta smokes along with other Premium Cigars from Famous here.

Dennis is an active real estate investor based in Metro Detroit.

In addition to his day job, at present he holds a portfolio of rental houses and he's an active wholesaler who has closed deals in real estate markets throughout the country.

He's also a published author of a book on rental house investing called "How to Buy Your First Set and Forget Rental House", and has trained over 1000 new real estate investors on how to get started with real estate.

You can reach him directly at dennis at dennisfassett dot com