Review of 1875 Romeo y Julieta Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
1875 Romeo y Julieta cigars are made in Honduras with Dominican filler and binder tobaccos along with Indonesian (2010) shade wrappers. This 1875 line was a 2014 release from Altadis USA. These cigars can be identified by thier unique bands, so as not to be confused with the more popular and established Romeo y Julieta 1875 cigars that are made in the Dominican Republic (the original Romeo y Julieta cigars are still made in Cuba). 1875 R&J cigars are available in five sizes, including the Tres Toro that measures six inches in length with a ring gauge of 50. The Toro that was sampled for this quick review is priced at $6.50 per stick, and is only available at brick & mortar tobacconists.
The cigar began with a mild peppery taste that was the most noticeable during the first several puffs. A slightly sweet natural tobacco flavor then emerged, along with a few mild sour notes which continued to fade in and out during the course of the cigar. At the beginning, the cigar's draw did not deliver an optimal amount of smoke, but improved after 5-10 minutes. About 15 minutes into the cigar, the smoke became noticeably smoother and fit comfortably into the medium bodied range, as the cigar's strength began to intensify. It took me 50 minutes to smoke the 1875 Romeo y Julieta Toro cigar down to two inches remaining. No relights nor touch-ups were needed during that time, and the cigar burned evenly and held a long ash.
I was not overly impressed with the 1875 Romeo y Julieta cigar, and rate it with a passable 2.75 points on a 5-point scale. In my humble opinion, Altadis USA's Dominican-made Romeo y Julieta 1875 cigar is a much better value.