Dispatch from Bermuda II: Notes on The Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill
After two blustery days in Bermuda, I finally got a beachworthy one on Wednesday. It was perfect, in fact — bright, warm sun and a light breeze on Elbow Beach. Time for this Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill, purchased in Hamilton two days earlier.
The first half was easygoing, light and toasty with vanilla notes. Nothing like the in-your-face earthiness of the RyJ Tubos No. 2 I reviewed here previously. The Short Churchill developed the trademark Habano “twang” by the halfway mark, but never got far beyond medium bodied. The body was perfect for late morning, though I wonder if it has enough kick to satisfy later in the day. The build was excellent and the burn was slow. The Short Churchill is solid in every respect, though it doesn’t quite live up to its full-sized namesake, the RyJ Churchill Tubos.
For any BOTLs planning a visit to Bermuda, I recommend Chatham House on Front Street in Hamilton. The selection is average, though the staples were represented — cherry-picked vitolas from all the major marques. Their stock was well maintained and their prices reasonable. A Monte No. 2, Partagas Serie P No. 2 and the RyJ Short Churchill ran me $53.00. Fair enough.
The place to avoid is Churchill’s in St. Georges. Their stock was slim, picked over, and seemingly over-humidified.
Finally, not that any of us needed to be reminded why not to buy smokes in the hotel bar, but I’ll give you just one price comparison: Monte No. 2 at Chatham House, roughly $20; Monte No. 2 at The Veranda bar at Elbow Beach, $38.