Cigar Aficionado

Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill
Short Churchill
50 50
Tasting Note
Subtly box pressed with a dark, reddish wrapper. The draw is a bit firm, but imparts a complex smoke centered around leather and nutty flavors complemented by white pepper and earth.
Body Medium
Size Robusto
Ring Gauge 50
Length 4 7/8"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jun 01, 2011
Price £13.32
Box DateSept. 2010
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2008 | Score: 92

A subtly pressed robusto with a gleaming wrapper. The draw is a bit firm, but manages to impart a complex, full-bodied flavor profile of leather, cocoa bean and wood punctuated by an orange peel note and a long, tobacco finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2008 | Score: 94

This is the second time that Romeo y Julieta's robusto has shown up in our Top 25, following its debut in Cuba's annual cigar festival in March 2006. We said then that the Short Churchill was "destined to be another classic," and we were right. It's one of those "go to" Cuban cigars that never disappoint, and it's incredibly popular in the global market at the moment. It's proving more popular than the RyJ Churchill, which had been an icon cigar for decades from Cuba. Production at the H. Upmann factory- the newest export factory on the island-is finally up to capacity, and the cigar seems to be getting better and better, even richer to our taste than on release. It also comes in tubes, which makes it convenient to throw in your pocket if you are going out for the night. The cigar traditionally comes with an almost claro, or light-brown, wrapper, and its red, white and gold livery. The cigar delivers full-bodied flavor yet remains balanced and refined. Leather, cocoa bean and wood abound, and are punctuated with an almost citrus element.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2006 | Score: 91

An attractive cigar with a good draw and burn. It’s a medium to full-bodied smoke, packed with leather and coffee notes and a touch of sweet wood. A smooth, rich cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2006 | Score: 92

Cuba's newest robusto debuted during the island's annual cigar festival in March 2006 and the delicious cigar became one of the most sought-after in 2006. But production at the H. Upmann factory in Havana was always sporadic, so many markets did not receive the cigars, which were sold in both tubes and boxes. For example, at one time the Cubans had the cigars but they didn't have the tubes to ship them. Then they had the tubes and not the cigars. Despite the glitches in establishing the Short Churchill in the market, the robusto, which measures 4 7/8 inches long by 50 ring, is a smooth and rich cigar worth seeking out. It's medium to full bodied and packed with leather and coffee notes and a touch of sweet wood. Considering the popularity of its 7 inch by 47 ring gauge big brother, the Romeo y Julieta Churchill, the brand's new robusto is destined to be another classic that any Cuban cigar lover will enjoy smoking.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale