The Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill is a superb medium bodied robusto, of 50 ring gauge, 4.9” (124mm) long. This vitola develops typical Cuban aromas, rich wood, earth, leather and some hints of fruits and chocolate. It is a cigar that can both appeal to aficionados of mellow cigars and to novice smokers. Released in 2006.
The Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill is a wonderful vitola, that is never too powerful.
• The Short Churchill keeps only the very best of his big brother, skipping the uneasy first puffs.
• This shorter format allows modern cigar smokers to enjoy a true Cuban stogie when time is of the essence.
This cigar is creamy and complex with ample draw and good construction.
Ring Gauge: 50
Shape: Short Churchill
The Colorado shade wrapper is a little toothy to the touch, light brown in color and the veins are a little visible. The cigar is tightly rolled and well packed, it is pretty firm from the head to the foot when squeezed. Well made triple cap. The cigar sports a second and elegant golden band that reads “Short Churchills”.
Before lighting up:
Unlit, the wrapper smells like wood with a nice tobacco flavor. The cold draw is typical Cuban tobacco and some wood and spices notes.
The construction on the Short Churchill is top-notch, as the draw on this cigar is great and effortless throughout. The burn line is slightly wavy at the beginning, but it is correcting itself further on, it doesn’t require any attention. At the foot, about an inch of a dark grey ash holds on firmly. Generous billows of smoke are generated at each draw; the smoke has an earthy aftertaste.
Woody flavors greet you upon lighting the cigar, leaving some saltiness on the lips and on the finish. The dominant flavors in the first third are of wood and earthiness, while some pepper notes, not too spicy, are also present. The smoke is creamy and thick.
In the second third, the saltiness from the first third is gone and now there is ample space for some tasty tobacco, leather and still some spiciness from pepper. Some darker notes are also appearing around the halfway point, we get some mineral, some earth hints and some strong espresso notes. The undertone of espresso lingered until the final third. The body of the cigar is now in the medium range, while the finish is a bit stronger. The smoke is now whiter and less creamy.
In the final third, the woodiness is joined by some notes of bitter chocolate. The spiciness is still around, but never over powerful. The flavor profile is typical Romeo y Julieta, with some hints of fruits here and there. The Short Churchill leaves you with a smooth, rich finish and takes you by surprise and leaves you with your hunger…
In summary, a splendid, medium- to full-bodied cigar that is well made with a good burn and smooth draw producing lots of smoke loaded with classic Romeo y Julieta flavors. Should be even better as the years roll by.
Smoking time: 45 – 90 Minutes