Romeo y Julieta cigars represent one of the most popular Havana brands that has existed since 1873. This brand accounts for over 40 different shapes and sizes of cigars, many of them have won gold medals for their superior quality and excellent taste. Because of the complicated history of Cuba (the revolution and Fidel Castro assuming the power) these cigars are currently produced in two different places - Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The company producing Romeo and Juliet cigars offers both tubed and untubed variations that are considered to be among the best kinds available. One of the distinct characteristics of this company is the production of the Churchill-shaped cigars that honors the memory of the famous British Prime Minister. According to the legend, Churchill used to insert a straightened paper clip into his cigar for the ash to grow longer without falling off, allowing this great political leader to be more successful during some of the hardest negotiations. The brand was named after a famous play by Shakespeare "Romeo and Juliet", the names being spelt in Spanish.