The Romeo y Julieta 1875 cigar is their flagship line. We reviewed this same cigar a couple of years ago, we decided to give it another try. After cutting it out cigars have an open draw and some spicy tobacco flavor on the cold draw. Once lit up, it tastes earthy with hints of sweet and spicy flavors. The construction was good on both sticks. Overall, we enjoyed the mild but pleasant flavors of this stick. With that said, it would benefit from some complexity or flavor changes. It’s not bad, but we also aren’t running out to buy more.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 7/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Price Point: 7/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
StraightUpCigars – Matt: The RyJ 1875 has an open draw after cutting and a delicious sweet cedar smell. Tastes spicy on the cold draw.
Terry1: My RyJ has an open draw too. Getting some hay notes along with some spice you mentioned. Ready to light this one up.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Me too, lighting!
Terry1: Cigar is producing lots of creamy smoke. Some vanilla sweetness to start off with along with a pepper punch in the sinus. Getting some bitterness on the finish. Overall a decent start.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Very earthy and creamy start. Some pepper on the finish. Pretty tasty.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Flavor has taken on a rich woody note.
Terry1: I’m surprised by the peppery start on my cigar. I wasn’t expecting it. The initial sweetness has faded to the background replaced by some earth and the woody note you mentioned. Burn is great.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Burn is good on mine too, it’s got a nice long ash developing.
Terry1: Had to look this RyJ up. Interesting it states it has an Indonesian wrapper. That’s unusual.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: That is unusual. Sumatra, I guess? This ash I’ve got going is nuts, it looks like it might reach halfway!
Terry1: Mine is doing the same. Looks solid enough. Good candidate for a long ash contest.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Definitely. I made it over 1/3 of the way through, it dropped just now.
Terry1: I just tapped mine off so I could get the first band off. Still peppery but not as strong as it was. Still a little sweetness and the earth and wood notes.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I thought this one seemed familiar, we reviewed it in 2014.
Terry1: Lol that’s funny! I knew this would happen eventually. Are you still going to post this review?
StraightUpCigars – Matt: The bands are definitely different, it’s possible they did an update to the blend as well. Oh yeah, I’ll post it up. We’ve done a couple of updated reviews over the years.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Mine is extremely earthy right now. That flavor is dominating with just hints of cream and spice.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: The other review was without Darren as well
Terry1: How funny. Just look it up. At least this time my cigar is burning correctly. Looks like the same size but the flavors seem to be different. They may have tweaked the blend a little.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Lol, I think you’re right. I breezed through and saw we talked about the wrapper leaf then too!
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I’d really like to go back and group review some of my original, cheapie favorites like the Oliva G and Cuba Libre. I’ll have to add those to the next batch.
Terry1: Good idea. Pepper has mellowed out. I’m getting a lot of earthy notes too.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Band was easy to remove. Great construction this time around, razor sharp burn line
Terry1: My burn is getting lopsided now. I’ll see if it corrects itself. Band popped off for me too.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: This cigar is pretty darn mild, but I think it has some strength, I can feel it at this point.
Terry1: I thought it might be my compromised state but I can feel it too. Flavors haven’t changed much. Burn looks like it’s correcting itself.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Same here. Flavors are more of the same. Pretty pleasant, but nothing I’d write home about. Mine isn’t too far from the end already. Am I puffing fast, or are you at the same spot?
Terry1: Yeah it smoked fast. I’m close to the end. I’d agree with the flavors. It’s smokeable but I’m not thinking I’ve got to buy more.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: About $4.50 ea in a fiver online. Review coming.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Overall, this mild/medium cigar had pleasant flavors, but didn’t offer any surprises. Price is reasonable for an RyJ, but they have other sticks I’d buy before this one.
Terry1: I agree. It would be a decent cigar to smoke when you are busy with something else. The flavors are pleasant enough but nothing you have to pay attention to. I’d recommend it but like you said RyJ has better offerings.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Well said, not a bad choice for the bar or grilling.