(Size: 5″ x 42 — Time: 1hr)
When you’re stuck on a train for hours, there is little better to do than rattle off a couple of cigar reviews – possibly whilst longing for the days when you could sit in a mahogany lined carriage smoking a fine cigar or a pipe. Alas, those days are gone, so I’m stuck with just the reviews. This one is a look back at one of the cigars I enjoyed just over a week ago on my London Cigar Crawl… (Hmmm, now there’s an idea…) I’ve also had one since then, which has also influenced the review.
The RyJ Cedros de Luxe No3 comes wrapped in a thin cedar tube sporting a gold and green RyJ band, as opposed to the traditional red and white. It’s been in production since before the Cuban revolution and has seemed to develop quite a cult following. Whilst RyJ have been blighted by distinctly average cigars during recent years, the Cedros de Luxe No3 has consistently been enjoyed – whether by wedding-goers or aficionados looking for a quick, summery smoke.
It has to be said that the cedar was hiding one ugly duckling! This is something I’ve found to be fairly common with the examples I’ve had before too. These cigars had oily, dark, almost Colorado-maduro, wrapper leaves, it was none too pretty otherwise. Large veins, knobbly bits, and what I can only describe as ‘ugly spots’ kind of detracted from the general impression. To the touch, the cigar was firm, perhaps a touch hard. 10
The draw of the cigar was excellent from the off, and continued as such throughout. The smoke production was reasonable, though did drop off a little towards the end. The burn was not perfect, but required little by way of attention, with only a couple of minor touch-ups necessary. 24
The initial flavours from the Cedros de Luxe No3 were quite light and slightly floral, with just a hint that suggested it had been wrapped in a cedar blanket. Through the middle portion of the cigar, the flavours were a touch boring – just a slightly ‘meaty’, straight tobacco flavour with a slightly creamier ‘texture’. As the cigar approached the finish, however, the flavours built towards medium and changed towards pepper and slightly stronger notes of cedar. 21
Overall Impression /35
My overall impression of the RyJ Cedros No3 is that it is a reasonable and enjoyable, if unremarkable, cigar. It smokes well and won’t break the bank. The flavours develop through three thirds, and are acceptable if not overly complex. Not a bad stick to keep handy for garden parties, barbeques and friends. 32
Grand total… 87/100