When you want a fine Nicaraguan blend, the Plasencia family should be at the top of your list of possible partners. As the biggest tobacco growers in the world...
When you want a fine Nicaraguan blend, the Plasencia family should be at the top of your list of possible partners. As the biggest tobacco growers in the world and one of the oldest cigar families, they know their leaf to a degree few will ever match. So it makes sense that when Romeo y Julieta decided to release a Nicaraguan edition of their flagship 1875 cigar, they took a trip to Casa Plasencia.
The Romeo y Julieta 1875 Nicaragua cigar they created together has turned out to be quite fine indeed, scoring a 90 rating from Cigar Aficionado. It’s a Nicaraguan puro, which means it uses only Nicaraguan tobaccos for a focused flavor profile that showcases the best of that nation’s soil. As you might expect, it’s a moderately bold and spicy blend with a wealth of classic Nicaraguan flavors that include coffee, chocolate graham crackers, black pepper, and caramel.
The leaves used come from a variety of plantations around Nicaragua. First, there’s the golden Habano-seed wrapper. Then comes the double binder, featuring tobacco from Estelí and Jalapa. Inside that are aged long-fillers selected from the 2010 harvests in Estelí, Jalapa, and La Mia. As you fire it up, you’ll get attractive plumes of white smoke and a nice little welcoming spice note that is somewhere between cinnamon and black pepper. Going along, the flavor profile develops into some of the sweeter and earthier tastes, finally settling into leather, chocolatey coffee, and hints of vanilla bean. This is a satisfying addition to the 1875 series, and one that fans of Nicaraguan tobacco will find quite lovely.