After an absolutely fun day of hanging outside at the pool with the wife and baby girl, I decided to head around to the walnut tree for some relaxation with an RYJ Hermoso No. 2 Iíve had for a little while now. The wrapper on the cigar is a Rosado shade and very coarse with not much by way of oils. There was a slight give when squeezed until reaching the band where I felt a rock hard spot. I punched the cap and sure enough, plugged. Dang!!
I went ahead and lit it up and tried take a few draws to hopefully loosen the draw some, however it was a no go. I went ahead and used my draw tool and the cigar did open up, however all that did was create a huge tunneling effect from that point on. I puffed and puffed trying to get decent smoke out of this thing, however it just wasnít having it. What smoke I did get seemed rather mild and didnít really have the RYJ profile. It was still not bad in flavor though.
I tried to get through as much of this cigar as I could, however there just wasnít much happening. I went to chuck it, however thought maybe I could flatten the cigar out to close up the tunnel and maybe get it to smoke good. So, flatten it I did and got a number of cracks in the wrapper, however after taking a couple of puffs, the draw wasnít half bad.
There was a good spice coming from the now smoking cigar and very good wood and roasted nut flavors. I kept wanting to find that RYJ profile in there somewhere, but just couldnít pull it out. The finish was decent and lasting on the palate.
I have to say I was fairly disappointed with this smoke in both draw and flavor. I was hoping for much more, but ya just canít win em all!
Romeo Y Julieta Hermoso No. 2 2004 EL
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