My box of RyJ’s arrived on Monday 23rd March. First thing I noticed was how tightly they were packed in the box. Never had any sticks like this - almost too long for the box! There was a slight sheen to the cigars and a mild aroma.
MSA Oct 19
The first chance I had to sample one was two days ago, outside in a cold easterly wind. Sky was as clear as can be, sun beaming but no warmth. What I really noticed though was how eerily quiet it was, with everyone inside trying to avoid Covid-19.
Very little to report here. The obvious tobacco smell but no real distinguishable aromas. The same on the unlit draw, just a tobacco taste with perhaps a tiny hint of a fruit.
The first real flavour was that of salt, although it did not last long. On the retro hale there was definitely a hint of leather. Other than that, the odd cedar and fruit taste but sporadic and light.
Bitterness came in and didn't really leave. Ammonia throughout. At one point the wind ashed the stick for me and for a few minutes after this the cigar smoothed out a little. Just when I hoped it had turned a corner, back came the ammonia. It got so strong that at one point I almost had to give it up........almost.
Same as the middle getting progressively stronger. As I neared the golden band I had to let it go.
The construction and draw were near-faultless throughout. Looking forward to trying the next one!