There’s something about the Romeo y Julieta Flavor profile that is so consistent, you really CAN count on that flavor to be there whenever you light one up. Today’s picture was taken this past September on a golf course called Dakota Dunes just outside of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Initially I thought that I’d choose another picture because the condition of my golf glove but the cigar was so good that I felt that there was no way I wouldn’t include it in today’s entry. Tom and Sid were my golfing buddies that day, the wind was howling, making the game a bit interesting and the cigars burned very unevenly but the taste was incredible. Lets get back to the Romeo profile with this incredible cigar. Spice, leather and cedar to start and then the flavor evolution begins into the first third.
As I started writing this today I actually went to the humidor and lit one of these Short Churchills, about 1/2 an inch has burned so far and the cigar is settling in nicely. Slight draw resistance, which I believe is perfect, and pre-light draw was giving me notes of black tea and wild hay. I seem to be tasting a bit of tea in the first few puffs, that is also part of the Romeo taste in that the tobacco blend contains Cuban tobacco leaves which will give you quite an herbal experience. With just under an inch of this cigar gone and the ash holding firmly I’m getting a sweet musky taste. THIS is what separates Cuban cigars from Non-Cubans, it’s muskiness. It is also the most identifiable characteristic in Cuban tobacco.
At 4.78 inches long and a ring gauge of 50, we’re almost looking at a Robustos but that small amount of length will prevent us from labeling it with that classification. I gotta say though, it sure feels the same, its the 50 ring gauge that gives you that sensation. Still in my first third and sweet coffee is now making an appearance with a musky leather finish. With the white ash holding firmly, I set this short Churchill down in the ashtray and marvel at the way organic Cuban tobacco leaves can give us such a ride.
Second third gone and pepper now appears with dark wood notes coming into the picture, no harshness, every puff being smooth as silk. This is a world class cigar, I mean I love the Romeo y Julieta Churchill and I’ve smoked hundreds of them but for a shorter format this Short Churchill is one of the great cigars that Cuba puts out today.