Romeo and Juliet Cigars - Cuban
Romeo and Juliet cigars are one of best known Cuban cigar brands. The name of the brand indeed lives up to all the intrigue and appeal that such a name is worthy of. The cigar brand has been loved and its products much used by some of the world's historical figures over the last century.
Romeo y Julieta cigars rank high as among Cuba's most sought-after brands. This classic brand offers a smooth and subtle flavor. Romeo y Julieta's balanced and aromatic blend of selected leaves from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba make it the classic medium bodied Habano.
One of the most popular size in the line is the Romeo y Julieta Churchill, this 7 inch by 47 ring cigar is very flavorful and carefully crafted. In fact, it was this brand that first produced the now standard Churchill style cigar, which is named after former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill who was a loyal devotee of this brand.
The line of Romeo and Julieta cigars is vast and there has been a variety of special releases throughout the years. Romeo and Juliet cigars come in both handmade and machine-made cigars. Below is a list of some of the premium cigars in the brand.
Romeo and Juliet Cigars
Petit Julieta Size: 3-7/8" (100 mm) X 30
Petit Princess Size: 4" (102 mm) X 40
Sport Largo Size: 4-3/5" (117 mm) X 35
Regalia de Londres Size: 4-3/5" (117 mm) X 40
Julieta Size: 4-3/4" (120 mm) X 33
Belvedere Size: 4-7/8" (125 mm) X 39
Romeo No. 3 (tubo) Size: 4-3/5" (117 mm ) X 40
Short Churchill (tubo) Size: 4-7/8" (125 mm) X 50
Romeo No. 2 (tubo) Size: 5-1/8" (130 mm) X 42
Romeo No. 1 (tubo) Size: 5-1/2" (140 mm) X 40
Wide Churchill Size: 5-1/8" (130 mm) X 55
Cedro de Luxe No. 3 Size: 5-1/8" (130 mm) X 42
Cedro de Luxe No. 2 Size: 5-3/5" (142 mm) X 42
Cedro de Luxe No. 1 Size: 6-1/2" (165 mm) X 42
Mille Fleur Size: 5-1/8" (130 mm) X 42
Petit Corona Size: 5-1/8" (130 mm) X 42
Belicoso Size: 5-1/2" (140 mm) X 52
Corona Size: 5-3/5" (142 mm) X 42
Coronitas en Cedro 5-1/8" (130 mm) X 40
Exhibicion No. 4 Size: 5" (127 mm) X 48
Exhibicion No. 3 Size: 5-3/5" (143 mm) X 46
Churchill (tubo) Size: 7" (178 mm) X 47
History of Romeo and Juliet Cigars
The brand of Romeo and Juliet cigars was established in 1875 by the duo of Mannin Garcia and Inocencio Alvarez in Cuba. The brand is named after Shakespeare's famous playwright, Romeo and Juliet. With the efforts of Garcia & Alvarez devoting themselves to producing quality products in every aspect, the brand soon became popular and had many loyal followers. Between 1885 and 1900, the brand won numerous awards at different tasting exhibitions.
The brand became even more popular after it was acquired by Jose "Pepin" Rodriguez Fernandez in 1903. With much experience in the cigar industry and the expertise in marketing, Pepin constantly traveled across Europe, actively promoting his brand and within a few years he was able to take the brand from local fame to international recognition. With this growth and demand for his cigars the company grew to 1,400 workers and he was forced to move to a larger factory.
Another innovative tactic he would do was produce personalized cigar bands for diplomats, heads of state, and some of the wealthiest clients and at one time his factory was producing 20,000 custom made cigar bands. Pepin was devoted to his brand, and at the same time was almost obsessed by his brand, naming his racehorse Julieta, and trying to buy the House of Capulet in Verona, where Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was set.
Although, he wasn't allowed to buy the House of Capulet, he was able to have a cigar stand under the balcony, so that until 1939, every visitor was offered a free cigar in honor of the play Romeo and Juliet.
Pepin died at the age of 88 in 1954, just before the nationalization of the Cuban cigar industry in the 1960s. Today the Romeo y Julieta brand lives on and carries on Pepin's tradition by offering a variety of sizes. The brand is now owned by the Cuban government's Habanos S.A., which runs all of the Cuban cigar industry.
There is also a non-Cuban brand with the same name produced in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Romeo y Julieta cigar brand was made as a result of the nationalization of the Cuban cigar industry and due to the trade embargo that the United States has with Cuba and this is the only legal "Romeo y Julieta" cigars that can be sold in the United States.
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