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Smoke Blog: RyJ Habana Reserve Take 2

It’s getting chilly as I sit outside smoking a Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve, but I have no desire to put it out.

I tried the robusto from my Habana Reserve sampler pack a few weeks ago, and this time opted for the torpedo. I’ve been puffing on it for over an hour now, and I’m just over halfway through it. I’ve been puffing steadily, mind, and I’ve had no need to relight it nor have I experienced the tunneling problems I had with the robusto.

I’m impressed.

Again, the Habana Reserve is a bit stronger than the Reserva Real, and the Habana’s flavor is more toward the spicy side versus the Real’s creamy notes. I’m also getting the same finish, a peculiar blend of pepper and leather that I’ve not experienced in any other cigar. It produces quite a bit of smoke, which looks rather cool in the glow of my MacBook Pro’s LCD monitor. My neighbors must think my head is on fire.

This smoke could easily creep up into my top five, right up there with their sister Reserva Reals and the Avos I’ve tried.

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Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Smoke Blog: RyJ Habana Reserve

It wasn’t quite warm enough for a cigar, but I went ahead and took a robusto out for a quick one anyway.

Tonight’s smoke of choice: the Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve. I stumbled across a sampler offer in a magazine a few months ago, ordered it, and then forgot about them. I was quite pleased when I nearly tripped over the UPS box the other day.

Not a half bad smoke. It was heavier than I expected, but had a very pleasant, consistent flavor. The light went easy, but I did have a hard time keeping it lit and had a few problems with tunneling. It was cold and breezy out and I was multitasking as usual, though, so I’m not going to hold the burn issues against it until I try a couple of the others from the sampler. (It’s also hard to say how long they were sitting around before shipping.)

Though they’re a little stronger than the RyJ Reserva Real, I look forward to trying the next one. I suspect these would go well with a good lager, something I’ll have to test when grilling season returns.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.