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Stogie Reviews: Romeo y Julieta Exhibición No. 3 (Cuban)

16 Oct 2008

This cigar was a gift, so I can’t tell you how old it was or even where it was purchased. I determined it was a No. 3 by measuring the length (a little over 5.5 inches) and the ring gauge (46)—slightly longer and slimmer than the 4 and 1/2 stogie-rated Romeo y Julieta No. 4.

Cosmetically, the cigar wasn’t much. It was a pleasant light brown color, but the wrapper was a little loose and there were several small veins visible along the fairly lumpy body. Neither the wrapper nor the filler at the foot revealed much aroma.

But this corona gorda shines where it matters. From the first puff, the thick, creamy smoke exploded with flavors. I picked up floral notes, citrus, and cocoa almost immediately.

The mellow blend continued to evolve and shift throughout, with a brief sharp bitterness about halfway through, followed by a little cedar and then hay in the final third.

It also performed well, with a straight burn and a good draw. I also greatly enjoyed the size, which is comfortable and easy to smoke.

Checking a couple of international websites, this cigar seems to retail for about $12 for a single and a little less per stick for a box of 25. Of course, the figures vary widely among countries, with some, such as Canada, levying extremely high taxes.

I can only wish I had more of these to smoke. It was a pleasure from beginning to end, which is why I give the Romeo y Julieta Exhibición No. 3 four stogies out of five.

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George E

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5 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Romeo y Julieta Exhibición No. 3 (Cuban)”

  1. Padronnie Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 4:41 am #

    Fantastic looking smoke. How does it compare to the RyJ Short Churchill?

  2. George E. Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 11:13 am #

    I wish I could tell you how they compare. I don't think I've ever had the Short Churchill.

  3. prophet Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 6:28 pm #

    I've had them both. The no. 3 is good, but the short churchill is fantast it

  4. Javier Friday, October 17, 2008 at 12:23 am #

    If you can, try the Churchill from Romeo y Julieta. It is the most expensive in R&J portfolio (aroun 12€ in Spain, 9€ in the Zurich airport) but it is the best churchill i have ever smoke and, probably, my favourite cigar.

  5. George E. Friday, October 17, 2008 at 3:58 pm #

    I’m far from an expert — heck, I’m not really very experienced — with Cuban cigars. But I know that when I do smoke them I’m often struck by the fact that they are so flavorful and balanced rather than the overpowering bombs you’d expect from the stereotypes of Cuban cigars.