Wrapper: Blackened Connecticut Broadleaf     Binder: Nicaraguan     Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan and Peruvian

This particular cigar had been aging in my humidor for close to a year now and when I first picked it up in the shop I remember being drawn to this dark chocolate looking stick with the Romeo name associated with it, gladly I picked up a pair of these to enjoy.  Last month I enjoyed my first one and the second today used in this review.

When I examined the cigar closely, I noticed it actually wasn’t the prettiest at all, quite veiny to be honest and not really oily as I would have initially expected being a Maduro.  I snipped the head and it had a wonderful cold draw to it.  My initial thoughts were of a mild sweet smelling tobacco but didn’t seem to have any dominant attributes before being toasted.

Once lit and throughout the first third, I noted hints of cedar to the tobacco but overall didn’t think it was very complex at all.  It seemed one dimensional to me and more on the light side of the taste.  After some time it did actually seem to settle and develop into a more tastier smoke.  I won’t go as far as say I was disappointed in the first third of this cigar, but I was hoping for better than a ‘slow start’.   As I got close to and into the second third of the cigar, it really did come alive for me.  I immediately noted the earthy tobacco taste having a sweetness to it that I couldn’t quite pinpoint, almost a nutmeg but it did have a distinct dark cocoa finish.  There was a mild spice that was developing as time went on as well but entering into the last third the spicy body really developed especially noticeable on the retrohale.   I did note the subsiding of the sweetness but the the dark cocoa flavour never seemed to leave.

Overall my impressions of this cigar is that it is a solid choice and worth a try but not an all-star standout. 3.76 stars at best.