If you have ever enjoyed a premium cigar, there is a good chance you have enjoyed a cigar crafted by Altadis U.S.A. Responsible for many of the world’s most renowned brands including Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann, and Trinidad, Altadis U.S.A. has been crafting great cigars since 1918.
Over the years, Altadis U.S.A. has grown into one of the largest cigar manufacturers in the world and has gained access to the finest tobacco leaves from growers worldwide. This allows them to fulfill their mission to provide the highest quality products at the fairest prices. Across all of their brands, connoisseurs have come to enjoy the consistency and well-made construction that signify Altadis U.S.A. cigars and that make them some of the finest time and time again.
Today, Altadis U.S.A. operates production facilities in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Virginia and has production affiliations in Mexico and Nicaragua. In addition to handcrafting premium cigars, Altadis U.S.A. established the Montecristo Relief Organization in 1999 to raise funds for charities to bring renewed hope to victims devastated by hurricanes and other natural disasters. To date, the millions of dollars raised by the organization has helped build homes, schools, and medical facilities, and provided scholarships and economic opportunities to victims of natural disasters in the Caribbean and the United States.
Its wrapper is very appealing – reddish brown and seamlessly smooth. A bold pre-light smell and very interesting aroma were detectable on the wrapper. It was firm to the touch with a little weight in hand.
1st quarter: A very smooth draw (despite some restriction) allowed ample rich and full flavored smoke to come through. There were also some spices present through the nose with a clean texture that entered the palate. 2nd quarter: A creamy texture lingered on the palate with hints of spice through the nose. It was well balanced with great flavors that led to a medium-body profile. Light spices continued to intensify through the nose. 3rd quarter: The draw began to loosen up with more white dense smoke in the air. It maintained its medium-full body profile and continued to introduce a rich flavorful texture on the palate. Bolder characters were toned down with hints of creaminess but some sweet tones did develop in the aroma. 4th quarter: Solid dense smoke appeared in the air with hints of light spice. The aroma continued to develop and delivered even more rich and flavorful characters. Its outstanding overall construction provided for a long and smooth finish.
The RyJ had a full and complex character with a very long and full bodied finish. Its excellent construction offered a slow burn and produced a nice gray ash. Its nice bold character leaves a long lasting impression on the palate.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: The Man Cave.
Time Smoked: 2 hour 30 minutes.
Size: 6” x 52.