Cigar Shoot-Out: Romeo Y Julieta 1875 Reserve v. Man O’ War Virtue v. Garcia & Garcia My Father

I had a relaxed weekend, and that gave me time to smoke a few cigars. Here are some quick reviews of the cigars I tried.

Cigar Review Romeo Y Julieta 1875 ReserveRomeo Y Julieta 1875 Reserve

I reviewed the Romeo Y Julieta 1875 recently, and about the only thing I could say to recommend it is that it might make a good golf cigar due to its construction. I was curious to see if the Reserve might be better.

I was pleasantly surprised. This was a good, creamy cigar with a nice taste pallet, along with perfect construction and burn. Far better than the standard Romeo Y Julieta 1875. This one gets an 86 on The Morris Scale. Here is how Famous Smoke Shop describes it:

With their dark, rich-tasting, U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Romeo Y Julieta 1875 Reserve Maduro Robusto Maduro cigars are the perfect addition to the renowned Romeo y Julieta selection of fine premium cigars. A tasty Nicaraguan binder and a hearty blend of Nicaraguan, Peruvian and Dominican long fillers offer a deep, full-bodied, and complex smoke with a sweet aroma and a much richer flavor. Fans of Onyx Reserve will also enjoy this blend.

Cigar Review Man O' War VirtueMan O’ War Virtue

The Man O’ War Ruination has become one of my favorite cigars, so I ordered some as part of a Man O’ War sampler pack that included the Man O’ War Virtue.

This one disappointed. I took into account that whereas the Ruination is a full-bodied cigar, the Virtue was intended to be on the mild end of the spectrum. I do have a bias toward stronger cigars, but I can appreciate mild cigars. The Virtue is not a cigar I can recommend. No complexity; in fact no taste at all. It was like puffing on a big cigarette. A 72 on The Morris Scale.

Here is the description from Cigars International:

Man O’ War, the recently crowned king of full-bodied, has just dropped another bomb. This time, a milder handmade – Man O’ War Virtue – and it is spectacular. Dressed in a seamless, silky-smooth Connecticut-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador and generously filled with Nicaraguan long-fillers, Virtue is brimming smooth and creamy complex flavors. Mild to medium-bodied, but filled with richness and flavor, Man O’ War Virtue is impressively complex and refined. Note of oak, cream, nuts and a toasty-but-buttery smooth finish make up the core profile. Subtle hints of white pepper and sweetness round out the mix. Well-made, perfectly blended and extraordinarily tasty – Man O’ War Virtue sets the new standard in Connecticut wrapped cigars. Perfect in the morning, perfect after a big meal, just perfect.

My Father Cigar Review Garcia & GarciaGarcia & Garcia My Father

This was the best of the three. A great cigar, yielding copious amounts of flavorful smoke. A 92 on The Morris Scale.

Here is how describes the My Father:

Considered to be the most prestigious blend released by Tabacalera My Father, My Father is another flavorful concoction offering a full-bodied character with a long, full finish.

All cigars coming from Tabacalera My Father incorporate traditional Cuban characteristics, from the entubado style bunching (folding the filler tobaccos in an accordion fashion) to the triple caps used at the head of each cigar. These traditional Cuban methods enable the cigars to burn and combust perfectly, which in turn creates intense amounts of complexity followed by a smooth and enjoyably long finish.

My Father is excellent in terms of quality, construction, and complexity. This blend consists of specially selected tobacco grown at the most prestigious farms in Esteli, Nicaragua. The wrapper is a beautiful Ecuadorian grown Habano-Rosado leaf, which is combined with a Nicaraguan binder to create a full-bodied complexity that is earthy with spicy undertones but expels a phenomenal aroma. Each size comes packaged in elegant boxes of 23, all featuring an old Cuban-style presentation.

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