Once upon a time, Cuban cigar makers and smokers were obsessed with Criollo tobacco. But, because the cigar world has been subject to experimentation since the beginning, eventually other...
Once upon a time, Cuban cigar makers and smokers were obsessed with Criollo tobacco. But, because the cigar world has been subject to experimentation since the beginning, eventually other leaves and varietals were created. One of these was called Corojo, and it eventually replaced Criollo as the wrapper of choice. (Due to the early varieties’ propensity to certain diseases and new cultivation techniques for Criollo, however, the original wrapper leaf ultimately found its way back into use.)
The Romeo y Julieta Reserve 2006 is focused on Corojo, the second-wave challenger that knocked off one of the earliest premium wrappers in the industry. This tobacco was, for a long time, the very best wrapper Cuban cigar makers could get their hands on. A number of the top premium cigar companies relied on it heavily to finish off their blends, and it was highly prized for its robust flavor (and handsome appearance). Now, the modern cigar industry has branched out into a huge variety of other wrapper leaves, but Corojo will always remain a classic.
The prime growing location in the modern non-Cuban cigar market for Corojo is Honduras, which puts forth a nice spicy, sweet leaf that adds a layer of complexity to any blend it appears in. In particular, this cigar uses a Honduran Corojo 2006 wrapper (it’s right there in the name), along with a Criollo ’98 binder, and other Honduran tobaccos in the filler blend. The smoke that comes pluming out shows flavors of earth, cedar, and dried spicy mandarin peel. It’s a delicious throwback that will satisfy lovers of traditional cigars and time-tested flavors.
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