Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill Gran Reserva Cigar – Cabinet of 15
It’s been more than two-and-a-half years since the cigar first appeared at the Festival del Habano Festival XVII and nearly four years since the last Gran Reserva shipped to retailers. As the name implies, this is a special release of the Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchills, a 5 1/8 x 55 parejo with the factory name Montesco.
Reserva and Gran Reserva are Habanos S.A.’s flagship releases with the latter being the more prestigious. A Gran Reserva is limited to Habanos S.A.’s global brands, i.e. the most popular labels, including: Cohiba, H. Upmann, Hoyo de Monterrey, Montecristo, Partagás, Romeo y Julieta and technically, José L. Piedra.
From there, a current production release is selected, though the tobacco used all comes from the Vuelta Abajo region of Pínar del Río and the tobacco is all aged for at least five years. The name at the end of the cigar, in this case 2009, references the harvest that was used.
The cigars are then given a special gold on black secondary band with the letters G and R and packaged in boxes of 15. Production is limited to 5,000 numbered boxes, though that’s not without controversy. Multiple large distributors told halfwheel they received far less than their normal Reserva/Gran Reserva allotment with the H. Upmann No.2 Reserva.
Size : Montesco (5 1/8” x 55)
Origin : Cuba
Strength : Light to Medium
Wrapper : Corojo