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 years of the 20th Century under the direction of Don ‘Pepin’ Rodriguez, a talented promoter, who was amongst the first to recognise the power of the cigar band. During his hey day 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 it has also served to describe the marque’s most famous size – Romeo y Julieta Churchill.
The 21st century has seen the arrival of two additional sizes using the name. The first called Short Churchill, a robusto size that had been missing from the range, was added in 2006. The second launched as the 21st 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.
Romeo y Julieta Linea de Oro was originally announced in 2020 to commemorate 145 years of the iconic brand, the new line is presented in three sizes: Dianas, Hidalgos and Nobles. All three sizes have been blended to a medium to full taste, a step up from the famous medium bodied blend used in the classic range.
The cigars are presented in stylish red lacquered boxes that carry an embossed medallion set on the lid. Each of the 20 cigars within are dressed with a bespoke band bearing the name of the individual vitola and a unique golden foot band that have edges trimmed with holographic elements, similar to those found on Cohiba vitolas.