RyJ 1875 Cedro Deluxe #2 Review
Romeo y Julieta (RyJ) makes some of my favorite cigars ever, which I had the chance to smoke many years ago. The 1875 Cedro Deluxe #2 is new to me, so I’m excited about trying it!
- Size: 44 × 5 1/2”
- Made in: Dominican Republic
- Dominican binder and filler
- Indonesian wrapper
My RyJ 1875 Cedro Deluxe #2 exhibits tight construction with a somewhat oily wrapper, lots of tooth, and smells of cedar and cocoa. I love the pre-light draw, even if it has nothing to do with the cigar smoking experience. I find it enjoyable nonetheless, and sometimes, it gives me an idea of flavors and scents to think about while smoking. This pre-light draw is amazing! Strong gingerbread, pumpkin spice, and brown sugar with hints of citrus and cloves. Do I have to smoke it? Can I eat it? I desperately need to make muffins…
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As it progresses, a leathery flavor and lightly bitter tea leaves take over. Detecting a little pepper on retrohale, and the strength is a bit of a powerbomb. Producing very nice smoke and plenty of it.
Little more buttery wood coming in with a mellowing effect. Clean, un-clingy mouthfeel. Excellent, even burn requiring no touch-ups. Compact, solid, white ash. Detecting an increase in pepper especially in back of throat. Deliciously sweet smelling smoke.
Pepper has backed off in favor of more leather, but still packing a punch. Developing more bitterness and black coffee flavors with the taste of pepper more than the pepper effect. Blew the heat out and got a delicious, creamy, tea flavor for my efforts along with a thicker, creamier mouthfeel. Some burn issues toward the end.
Bitterness increasing, oily on the lips, creating a mildly tingling tongue effect.
Ultimately, a woody bitterness took over early in the final third that the sweet couldn’t compete with, so I ended the cigar a little earlier than I prefer.
This Romeo y Julieta 1875 Cedro Deluxe No.2 cigar was a very good cigar, though it didn’t stand up to my memories of the Cedros No.3 and Exhibicion #4. Not much could, so no true disappointment there. Strong flavors with good variety, plenty of pepper but not overwhelming. Some strength to the nicotine level, probably about medium. Easy burn requiring little maintenance and producing lots of sweet-smelling smoke.
Would I smoke it again? Absolutely!
The Smoking Monkey