RyJ by Romeo y Julieta – A Review By Ken York

by Ken York on April 16, 2014

First a little background on myself and Romeo y Julieta Cigars. I used to smoke nothing – not cigars, cigarettes, or a pipe, then one of my sons in harm’s way over in the Mideast sent me two boxes of Cuban Romeo y Julieta cigars. Since he was still deployed over there I felt it would be wrong to give the cigars away, so I smoked them.  For the 40 years prior to this I had suffered with hellacious allergies. If it was green (other than money) I would go into a sneezing fit beyond compare.  I tried pills, shots, and homeopathic remedies – nothing worked. By the end of my second box of cigars all my allergies stopped. No joke. And the allergies still no longer bother me 14 years later because I have continued to smoke cigars.  So, Romeo y Julieta cigars have a special place in my heart. That’s the reason it kills me to give a less than stellar review to the RyJ.

I love the concept of the RyJ, a Nicaraguan Cigar through and through – filler, wrapper, and binder. For those who like a stronger cigar your choice is basically Cuban or Nicaraguan for great, strong flavor.  The taste and flavor of the RyJ is what I was hoping for. It was constructed well, the band design and name are excellent, and the first puff was what I was looking for.  However, the cigar went out on me five times and I’m a huffer. I don’t let a cigar go out with the way I smoke. Having to relight the cigar multiple times was detrimental to the cigar’s enjoyment.  I lit a second cigar to make sure that this was a problem and the second cigar went out three times. According to one friend the Nicaraguan tobacco is more oily than most tobaccos and requires longer drying times. I’m not sure if that is the case here, but something is not right. The flavor is still great, but unless they resolve the re-lighting problem, this cigar will not move up the rating scale.




Possible Score


Construction Fresh out of the humidor, how does the cigar look? Are large veins evident in the wrapper? Does the cigar have a firm feel to it?



Band Is the band an embarrassment that you wouldn’t want to smoke in public?



First Puff How satisfying is the very first puff of the cigar?



Draw Can the cigar be smoked without strain? Does it burn up too quickly?



Flavor Does it achieve all three notes? Does the flavor come through to the smoker sufficiently?



Aroma Is the aroma of the cigar while burning fragrant or offensive?



Ash/Burn Does the cigar produce a solid ash? Is it flaky? Does it canoe?



Value Bucks per puff. For the enjoyment is the cigar reasonably priced?



Possible Score




About Ken York

Ken York has written 19 posts in this blog.

Ken York is an international cigar writer. He was the unofficial travel correspondent for Cigar Magazine, which is now defunct (not his fault). His friends refer to him as the Dos Equis guy due to his wide range of experiences: Army, Air Force (with a week on an aircraft carrier too), linguist, reporter, actor, author, and he even has a bug named for him: Isoneuromyia yorki Evenhuis, a Vietnames predatory fungus gnat. He prefers medium-bodied cigar with a nice single-malt highlands scotch.

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