The 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 Dominican Republic-produced Romeo y Julieta cigars are produced with both Connecticut shade and Colorado Maduro Cameroon wrappers. Both types are very highly rated in several publications ranging from the high 80’s to mid 90’s in Cigar Aficionado. Enjoy!
First off, you’ll note an appealing oily sheen on this cigar’s wrapper. We found it impeccably constructed, offering a very easy draw and cool, slow burn. Note a pronounced spiciness as well as traces of cocoa in this creamy medium to full-bodied smoke. Look for a pleasant aroma and billows of smoke. Overall, a full tasting, perfectly constructed Toro. All that you would expect of a classic brand. We’d suggest pairing it with some hot mulled wine.
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