ROMEO & JULIETA MILLE FLEURS
In the past, these were machine bunched with hand applied wrapper. My box from 2007 states "TOTALMENTE A MANO"
Place of purchase: Local B & M
TASTING SHEET RESULTS
APPEARANCE: very good: uniform brown color with a few minor dark and green specks, veiny wrapper, with nice seams and triple cap, slight box-press with oily sheen
CONSTRUCTION: very good: firm bunch, tight seams, but with a patched head
BURN: average to good, tipical thick »cuban« mascara, wavy with problems halfway into the smoke, a couple of touch-ups needed
AROMA: excellent, buttery cocoa and leather
FLAVOR: very good
DOMINANT FLAVORS: leather, earth, caramel, coffee
AFTERTASTE: earth, leather, a touch of cocoa
SMOKING TIME: ~ 100 minutes
GENERAL IMPRESSION: average
PRELIGHT: leather earth, floral notes
LIGHT: torch flame lighter, took some time
BEVERAGE: coffee black
Upon light, leather opens the show immediately with earth and slightly floral and bitter notes. Nose blow salty leather with a hint of caramel. The smoke is smooth. Nearing second third toasty caramel joins the mix, complementing leather. By now, all bitterness subsided. Very compact ash.
Leather still dominates with woody finish and coffee undertones, while hints of vanilla start popping in and out. Burn issues appear.
Leather keeps the centerstage. At this point burn issues really start to annoy and it shows on the smoke as bitterness returns with wood charr. Ashing reveals a hole in the filler, causing problems. Two touch-ups were applied but the smoke just kept going south.
Bitter wood. No tar build-up.
This one is from my second box of these. I have half a box left. Based on their performance, I will not purchase a third box. They are not very expensive, but not greatest value for money based on what they deliver. They are okay, but nothing to write home about.