Status Romeo y Julieta is a current pre-Revolution brand, launched around the 1850s and was officially registered in 1873. The range was fully established by 1875 and this is the year that the Aniversario Humidors date from. It is classified by Habanos as a Global brand, and has a major market share.
Generally The range comprises medium strength cigars, using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region. There is a non-Cuban brand with the same name.
Standard Production Cigars Until the 1980s all cigars were pre-1960 releases. Special packaging was available pre-1960 until discontinued in the 1980s.
Special Releases Special releases commenced in 1999 with the inclusion of Romeo y Julieta cigars in the Siglo XXI Humidor.
Standard Band A c1970s to c2008 -- Discontinued Embossed
Standard Band C - Gold text; Lines to band edge deleted Special Releases: 2005 & 2008 Standard production: c2008? Embossed
Standard Band D c2007 on -- Current Embossed
Standard Band B - Cedros de Luxe c2002 to c2008 -- Discontinued Embossed
Tubos pre-c2008 - Special Romeo y Julieta Churchill band. Tubos post-c2008 - Standard band B with Special Churchill band. B10, B25 - standard band A.
Standard tubes used to c2008, then replaced by the premium tube.
Cardboard pack of 3 cigars in aluminium tubes. Dress box of 10 cigars in aluminium tubes. Dress box of 25 cigars. Dress box of 25 cigars in aluminium tubes. Dress box of 10 cigars (discontinued c2000). Cajón of 100 cigars (discontinued c1980s).
Standard tube until c2008, then new design introduced.
Cardboard pack of 3 cigars in aluminium tubes. Cardboard pack of 5 cigars in aluminium tubes. Dress box of 10 cigars in aluminium tubes. Dress box of 25 cigars in aluminium tubes. Cajón of 100 cigars in aluminium tubes (discontinued c1980).
Dress box of 25 cigars in cellophane (discontinued 2002). Dress box of 25 cigars (discontinued 2002). Cardboard pack of 3 cigars in cellophane (discontinued c1970s). Cardboard pack of 5 cigars in cellophane (discontinued c1970s).
A pre-1960 release. 1960-01-01Discontinued 2002.
Romeo y Julieta Celestiales Finos Cuban cigar.
Standard band D, with a special 2020 rat foot band.
Luxury boîte nature box of 8 cigars.
A 2020 release. 2020-01-01
This is the first in a series of commemorative releases for the Chinese zodiac years, with this one celebrating the Year of the Rat. Previously, cigars had been released with Year of the Dog and Year of the Pig branding, however these were standard production cigars repackaged by the Spanish distributor, and not an official Habanos release.
The cigar is named variously as "8 Maravillas" and "Maravillas 8" in different locations on the packaging, internal flyers, and in the official press releases. Some distributor lists refer to the release as "Año de la Rata", however this term does not appear on the finished product.