The Romeo y Julieta brand’s early success was directly due to the efforts of Rodriquez Fernandez. “Pepin,” as he was known, was originally manager of the Cabanas factory in Havana, but unhappy at its imminent takeover by American Tobacco, he resigned in 1903 to branch out on his own. Using his savings, he bought a little-known factory which, since 1875, had made cigars called Romeo y Julieta solely for the Cuban domestic market. But he had bigger ideas, and encouraging his employees by distributing 30 percent of profits to heads of department, he traveled the world promoting the brand. Within two years, with his 1,400 workers, he had to move to a larger factory. The blend at hand features Dominican Olor Binders and Dominican & uncommonly encountered Pennsylvania fillers. The Connecticut shade wrapper is smooth and attractive. Overall we found this cigar to be consistently well made. We found it rolled with ample tobacco and yet it burned perfectly with an effortless draw. Consistent with the rest of the Dominican R y J line, we found the blend complex, offering earthy tone and the somewhat sweet herbal quality that we’ve grown quite fond of. Pair it up with a full-bodied merlot.
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