The 1875 line of Romeo Y Julieta cigars, which originated in Cuba in the year 1875, is a standard-bearer of the long-time brand, and is still produced today in the traditions of the uncompromising tobacconists of yesteryear. Masterfully constructed of classic Dominican grown tobaccos, and surrounded by Indonesian wrappers to provide an ever so slight but aromatic hint of sweetness, the 1875 can be counted on for a balanced smoke.
Though not a particularly lengthy smoke (time will typically range about 20-25 minutes or less), the expert construction results in an easy draw with a consistent burn, and a very manageable white ash. Although many wealthy and famous have preferred the Romeo Y Julieta 1875 through the years (see Winston Churchill, an avid 1875 smoker), this remains a reasonably priced cigar, a tribute to the quality / value ratio delivered by the folks at RYJ.
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Romeo y Julieta To Highlight 2020 Habanos Festival October 22, 2019 Romeo y Julieta, which is celebrating its 145th anniversary, will be the featured cigar at the gala dinner concluding the 22nd annual Festival del Habano.
These past twelve months rolled up into a banner year for cigar smokers. We saw a renewed focus on some classic brands from the past (thanks to pending FDA rules that may soon make one-off “boutique” brands passé), new hybrid tobaccos, and a resurrection of old Cuban cigar shapes. These trends have resulted in some of the best cigars we have ever put a match to.
Hamlet—he usually just goes by his first name professionally—was born and raised in Havana and had spent more than 25 years in the cigar industry, where he perfected his cigar-making skills, including mastering the art of rolling cigars without molds or presses, a technique known as “free hand.” The culmination of all this is Hamlet’s resurrection of an old Cuban shape, a 7 5/8 x 58 Salomon figurado (best cigars).
Its “2017” nomenclature notwithstanding, this cigar was unveiled at the 2018 IPCPR tobacco trade show and hit tobacconists’ humidors in September. Toasted Cocoa, sweet ginger, and a sprinkling of black pepper and cinnamon all gather in a medium-full strength smoke that make this a late-in-the-day cigar. Its Ecuadorian wrapper and binder—along with Colombian, Dominican, and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos—are all taken from the 2006 harvest.
Only one size is produced, a 6 x 54 Toro Gordo. In spite of his tattoos depicting practically every major (and a few minor) cigar brand in the world (tatuaje means “tattoo” in Spanish), Pete Johnson is a rather laid-back cigar entrepreneur. That is why we had to pointedly ask him if this cigar was, in fact, a celebration of his 15th anniversary in the cigar industry.
Two shapes are produced, a 5 ½ x 52 Belicoso Fino and a 6 ½ x 52 Torpedo Grande. Both are available in either Rosado Claro or Rosado Oscuro Ecuador Habano wrappers, with Nicaraguan binders and fillers. A larger Diadema size will be coming out in 2019. But for now, either cigar is a fitting companion for a small-batch bourbon like Blanton’s or Knob Creek.
However, it was relaunched last year in Torpedo, Robusto, and Churchill variations with a new blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers, along with an Indonesian binder and a 12-year-old Ecuadorian wrapper. It proved an immediate success, but because different shapes bring out different flavors, something new was added this year—a 6 ¾ x 43 lancero.
Only 500 boxes of 25 cigars each will be produced annually. When you’ve had a good thing going, why not bring it back? That’s what happened this year with this brand, which made its debut in 2006, but was taken off of the market in 2012 due to a scarcity of wrapper leaf.
However, the Olde World Reserve Maduro is now being rolled at Rocky Patel’s TaviCusa factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. It features a blend comparable to the original Costa Rican Maduro, Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers, with a Nicaraguan binder. Both varieties of Olde World Reserve are available in 5 ½ x 54 Robusto, 6 ½ x 52 Toro, and 6 x 60 Sixty sizes.