Monday, February 23, 2015

Habanos S.A. News: 17th Habanos Festival Begins



It is that time of the year, it is time for the annual Habanos Festival! This year marks the 17th Habanos Festival, and while the first part of today is registration and opening press conference, the main event is tonight with the official announcement and release of the Romeo y Julieta Gran Reserva Cosecha 2009. This the first time that Romeo y Julieta has been selected as a Gran Reserva, and the Habano will be composed of tobacco that has been aging  for five years. Production is capped at 5,000 numbered boxes, and no corners were cut with the production of this particular Habano. The Wide Churchill is a relatively new vitola for the brand, and it is a popular vitola currently with larger ring gauges being in demand.

Habanos S.A. has stated: these Habanos have been completely hand-rolled with long filler, featuring leaves selected by expert blenders and checked by over 50 seasoned tasters during joint tasting sessions organized by the Tobacco Institute. Those expert tasters included members of the National Tasting Commission from Cuba’s most prestigious cigar factories, plus specialists from the Cuban tobacco industry and Habanos S.A.


Romeo y Julieta dates back to 1875, and the name of the brand is no mystery. The brand rose to success quickly in the 20th century, and became one of the first brands to use bands on the finished Habanos. Winston Churchill was one of the most devoted smokers of this brand, and he became synonymous with the brand after his visit to Habana in 1946. His love for the brand gave birth to the well known vitola, the Churchills, and the birth of the highly acclaimed, Romeo y Julieta Churchill. Following the success of the Churchill, Habanos S.A. announced many follow up Churchill releases, and one of them was the Wide Churchill in 2010.  The Wide Churchill has a 55 ring gauge, and measures 130 mm long. 

We will have further news and announcements throughout the week, so check in regularly, but right now let's celebrate the Romeo u Julieta brand, the Wide Churchill, and the Romeo y Julieta Gran Reserva Cosecha 2009. This is an exciting time of the year for the lovers of Habanos, and there are definitely some exciting and big releases that will be showcased this week.