Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleur 2014: Age and beauty
The last time I smoked an aged Romeo y Julieta cigar was back at the beginning of February 2021. It was a Number 1 from 2018 and I was rather disappointed to say the least. My full review of that cigar can be found here. When Cigar Club LDN announced that their cigar of the month for March was going to be an aged Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleur, I was very interested and put myself down for three of them.
When they arrived, each of the cigars was slightly different despite all being the same vintage. Each one had a marginally different colour wrapper than the others and one was a little box pressed. That’s not surprising really as each one came from a different box. When it came to the live smoke along on Instagram, I chose the lightly box pressed one as it looked the most photogenic.
As I was handling it getting ready to light the Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleur and start taking my notes I observed just how beautiful the wrapper was. It was a beautiful shade of toffee chocolate with aromas of warm brioche and cream emanating from it. It left a lovely rich moisturiser feeling on my fingers and I found it difficult to resist cutting and lighting the cigar before the start of the live stream.
In fact I didn’t resist, and by the time I went live with Matt and other members of Cigar Club LDN I had already started to savour the first draws with my Artist’s Gin and Tonic. What a beautiful pairing this turned out to be. I chose a gin with hibiscus and pink peppercorns included in the botanicals. With some elderflower liqueur, cranberry juice and the obligatory tonic (I chose a Mediterranean tonic) the floral flavours of the drink really brought out the titular floral notes at the start of the Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleur.
Having narrowed the floral notes to a smooth lavender, I settled back to discuss the cigar, and other unrelated things, with other members of the club. I have to admit that the most exciting thing about the first third of the cigar was the conversation and the actual smoke produced. It was incredibly light on the palette and floated skyward before dissipating. It wasn’t until the middle third that I got very interested in the cigar. I had expected the cigar to taste almost like a summer garden, redolent with flowers of all kinds but what I ended up experiencing was something entirely different.
The middle third was heralded by a slightly over brewed (or in my book a properly made) cup of tea. At this point I knew that I was going to be in for an interesting flavour journey. Accompanying the cup of tea, the Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleur also served up a good helping of creamy butter. The cigar was still deliciously smooth but had started to subtly gain in strength.
At the transition between the middle and final third, a rich meatiness made an appearance before morphing into warm cedar tones. I also noticed that the texture and consistency of the smoke had also shifted gear. Instead of floating effortlessly upwards, rather the smoke fell gracefully to the floor before vaporising. At the suggestion of Karen, I sipped some air into a mouthful of smoke, much as you would were you tasting a wine. This had a rather incredible effect of bringing out the floral aromas in the smoke.
Well into the final third, the Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleur wasn’t done with its flavour party. I was rather taken aback when a draw gave me a mouthful of leather that had been warmed gently in the sun with hints of toast topped with apple sauce. The cigar was starting to get a lot more oily at this point so I opted to give it a quick blow through and purge which reduced the oiliness, freed up the draw and lightened up the smoke again.
Overall the Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleur was not at all the cigar that I was expecting. It was something a lot more and I am very much looking forward to savouring the remaining two cigars with equally good company.
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Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleur 2014 Cigar Details
Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleur 2014 Review Summary
This cigar has restored my faith in aged Romeo y Julieta’s. A delicious cigar that gave me much more than I expected. I’m very glad I’ve got a couple more to enjoy.
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