Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill. A new twist on an iconic cigar, well, that was the introduction of the Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill in 2010. A new vitola, shorter and thicker than the original Churchill. With 5⅛x55 its almost 2 inches shorter than the 7×47 Julieta No.2 as the Churchill is originally called. But much fatter. And the Romeo y Julieta Julieta No.2 is the reason why that 7×47 size is now known as Churchill. It was the favorite cigar of the British Prime Minister, who according to the legend, smoked 8 of these long, elegant cigars a day. That’s how they got known as ‘the Churchill cigars’, and later on just as Churchill.
Habanos is banking on the Churchill name. Since 2006, several new Romeo y Julieta sizes were introduced with the Churchill name incorporated. The short Churchills (4⅞x50) in 2006 is a classic robusto, but Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill gives the vitola a more prestigious name. Then this fat robusto sized Wide Churchill was introduced in 2010. 2012 was the year of the Petit Churchills. Any other brand would call these 4×50 cigars Petit Robusto, but Romeo y Julieta can use the name Churchill for all we care. As they are Churchill’s brand. There is also a 7½x56 Grand Churchill, but that was a special release in a humidor in 2018.
The cigar looks pretty good. Nicely shaped, no veins on the wrapper. Colorado colored with a beautiful triple cap. The white, red, and gold of the Romeo y Julieta ring go well with the secondary wide Churchill ring. And that ring is a tribute to the original Romeo y Julieta Churchill. That cigar used to come with just that golden ring. The construction feels good. The aroma is very mild, lightly toasted.
The cold draw is fine. The flavor is dried spices and cedar. Once lit, there is sweetness, pepper, grass, and a lot of coffee. Very flavorful straight from the start. The flavors are dry, and slowly cedar makes an entrance with some citrus. The mouthfeel is dry, but there is a pleasant vanilla sweetness. Floral notes as well, with the coffee and cedar. Then in the second third, there’s more dry leather, floral notes, cedar, vanilla, and a little bit of pepper. The final third is typical Cuban. Leather, coffee, cedar with a little spice. The mouthfeel is still dry. The finale also reveals some nuts and more black pepper.
The draw is fine, and the smoke is thick. Light blue, and good in volume. The ash is white with some darker smears. There is a little roughness in the flavors along the halfway mark. The burn is straight. This cigar is medium in strength and medium in flavor. The smoke time is two hours and ten minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? I would not mind smoking it again