Reading Time: 3 minutes Gary reviews the Romeo y Julieta House of Romeo Nicaragua Toro. This is one of two new Romeo selections added to one of Famous Smoke Shop’s bestselling collections. Want to know what happened while Gary burned the House down? Read on…
Q. A friend gave me a gift of a Romeo Y Julieta Desde 1875 Cuban, about a 44 ring size. It was purchased from a cigar store in Canada. When cut it was very stiff for the 1st 3/4 inch and almost imposable to draw. I cut 3/4 inch more off and was able to smoke it, but [it was] difficult. The body seemed normal. Did I get dog droppings?
– James M. in Canada
A. It’s funny how many emails I get from readers who have problems with Cuban-made cigars. If you’re alluding to it being a fake, I doubt it since it was purchased in Canada. So, assuming it was the genuine article, I don’t think you got “dog droppings.” I think you just got the odd “bad stick.” It was either rolled too tight, or just rolled sloppily. This happens even with the best cigars. Never assume that just because a cigar is made in Cuba it’s going to be higher in quality than a non-Cuban handmade. Since it was a gift, you didn’t have the chance to see and feel it yourself, but at least it didn’t cost you anything.