Cigar strength: medium
Named after William Shakespeare’s tragic lovers, the origins of Romeo y Julieta as a Habano date back to 1875. The brand rose to international fame during the early 20th Century under the direction of Don ‘Pepin’ Rodríguez, a talented promoter amongst the first to recognise the power of the cigar band. During his heyday, no less than 20,000 different bands were used in production.
Winston Churchill became a devotee of the brand. Following his visit to Havana in 1946, his name has not only been commemorated on a band but has also served to describe the marque’s most famous size – Romeo y Julieta Churchills.
The 21st century has seen the arrival of two additional sizes using the name. The first, called Short Churchills, a Robusto size that had been missing from the range, was added in 2006. And the second, launched at the the12th Festival del Habano in 2010, was Wide Churchills, which boasts a 55-ring gauge to mark the trend amongst enthusiasts for stouter girth vitolas.
Romeo y Julieta’s balanced and aromatic blend of selected filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo zone make it the classic medium-bodied Habano. Today Romeo y Julieta is as well known worldwide as ever. She offers the widest range of Tripa Larga , Totalmente a Mano – long filler, totally handmade – sizes available in any Habano brand