The Habanos Festival took place earlier this year and one of the released that was announces was the Romeo y Julieta Gran Reserva Cosecha 2009 Wide Churchill.
All the leaves that make up the cigar (capa, capote and tripa -wrapper, binder and filler-) have undergone a long and careful ageing process of five years. Limited to a unique and exclusive production of 5,000 numbered boxes, these will be a highly saught after cigar based on how successful the wide Churchill cigar is. This new Gran Reserva Cosecha 2009 provides yet another example of the unique stature of Habanos as a Protected Appellation of Origin.
To make this Romeo y Julieta Gran Reserva, the best tobacco leaves were selected from the 2009 harvest in Vuelta Abajo * (Pinar del Río*), Cuba. Wide Churchills, with their unique dimensions among standard Habanos vitolas , are particularly attractive to smokers who enjoy thick ring gauge with a balanced and aromatic blend. – so basically almost every cigar smoker.
Like most Habanos cigars, they are totally handmade with Long Filler- using leaves selected by expert blenders and are assessed by more than 50 expert tasters in joint tastings organized by the Instituto del Tabaco -Tobacco Institute. Now that’s a job worth applying for!
These tasters include members of the Comisión Nacional de Degustación (National Tasting Commission) from the most prestigious factories in Cuba, as well as experts from Cuban industry and Habanos s.a.
The origin of the brand name is well known. It dates from 1875 and was inspired by the master piece of the same name by William Shakespeare. In the early part of the twentieth century it became internationally renowned, being one of the pioneering brands to use a distinctive band.
Winston Churchill was a devotee of the brand and after his visit to Havana in 1946, his name was not only used on Habano bands, but also lent itself to the famous vitola: Romeo y Julieta Churchills.
This cigar marks the 3rd expression in the Churchill range. In 2006, Short Churchills, and then, in 2010, Wide Churchills. And now in 2016 we now have the Gran Reserva Cosecha 2009.
No word when these cigars will touch UK shores, but we’ll be keeping an eye on these to review
Here’s the Stats:
Brand: Romeo Y Julieta
Cigar: Wide Churchill
Factory Name: Montesco
Ring Guage: 55