I’ve found that avoiding the record levels of pollen here in Atlanta really limits your cigar smoking opportunities. Especially when your main source of ventilation is an open window and a fan. Unfortunately that also means another week without my trademark Tower of Burn. But, as luck would have it, I do have a little something to talk about in its place. I’ve come across some interesting information about a couple of new Altadis cigars that will be hitting the market soon.
Romeo y Julieta Romeo
You may have alread seen the tweet I sent out about the first new cigar, the new Romeo y Julieta that’s due to appear in stores in about two weeks. I don’t know too much about this Romeo with the flashy, nontraditional band, other than it’s supposed to be fuller-bodied than the other lines, and some samples were smoked at TAA. But if I were to guess based on the band, the it may just be named “Romeo”. We won’t have to wait long to find out.
Update: The wait was even shorter than I expected. A Cigar Smoker already posted a press release for the new Romeo. No details on price, but it does list four sizes: Churchhill, Piramide, Robusto, and Toro, as well as specifying a May release date. It’s also interesting to note that that there is a Cuban Romeo y Julieta “Julieta” that was released in 2011, targeting female cigar smokers. (Cigar Inspector has the press release for it here.)
Update 2: A few days ago I was provided with some official Romeo images from Altadis, and the text of the official press release. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.
Introducing Romeo by Romeo y Julieta
A Romeo y Julieta cigar unlike any to come before!
Ever since 1875, cigar aficionados have been passionate about Romeo y Julieta. Now Altadis USA is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the latest act in this enduring love story – ROMEO by Romeo y Julieta. As one of the premium cigar world’s best-known and most highly trusted brands, Romeo y Julieta has always been revered for its consistently excellent, mild smokes. Now, Romeo brings new excitement to the contemporary aficionado with this line of modern, fuller-bodied cigars. The new cigar will be available at retail tobacconists in May.
Robust, full-bodied and rich in complex flavor nuances, Romeo is meticulously crafted at the famed Tabacalera de Garcia in the Dominican Republic by the skilled hands of the factory’s most accomplished artisans, each with decades of expertise, chosen specifically to create this uncommon cigar. The new cigar will be available in four sizes: Churchill, Piramide, Robusto and Toro. We’ve made an early introduction of the new Romeo cigar at the TAA meeting and plan to start presenting the brand during the week of April 23. Romeo by Romeo y Julieta – a spectacular smokedestined to set a new trend in luxury cigars.
Montecristo Epic 2007
I have more information about a new Montecristo named “Epic 2007”, but sadly, no pictures. This cigar begins what is to be an annual, limited, brick & mortar exclusive. (The next iteration in 2013 will be called “Epic 2008”.) The date is a reference to the vintage of the tobaccos used, but I don’t know if it applies to all the tobacco, or just select components. Speaking of tobacco, this cigar will feature a Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. Like the new Romeo, this will be fuller bodied, and the word is it will retail for around $14 a stick. Look for it to land in 2 months.
I’m told the Epic 2007 is the beginning of a push by Altadis into the boutique market, which will likely include more cigars made in small batches, using leaf not available in large enough quantities for regular production. And I suspect, more power and body than most of their current offerings.
So what do you think? Can Altadis win at the boutique game, and do you plan on trying these new cigars?