The 4 ⅝ inch length by 40 ring gauge of the Romeo No 3 means it will smoke for about 20 minutes, and the handsome white tube it comes in will protect the wrapper from damage while in your pocket. Perfect, then, for an al fresco coffee break on a spring afternoon.
Romeo No 3, alongside a rich and dark espresso, I detected distinct cedar notes. These were very clear and noticeable from the outset, but underpinned by a vanilla cream that offset both the cedar and the coffee beautifully. The cream and cedar both melted away as the cigar burned on, replaced by warm earth and a coffee flavour very close to the one I was drinking. The body of the smoke increased into the second half of the cigar, bringing a rich and luxurious mouthfeel. The note in the final third was one often overlooked in my reviews, but still extremely pleasing: pure toasted tobacco.