Royal Agio Cigars USA announced today that they will be expanding the Balmoral Añejo XO product line-up, with the release of both Añejo XO Connecticut and Añejo XO Oscuro. The new lines will be displayed in the Royal Agio booth (Booth #1161) at the 2018 IPCPR Tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV.
A direct follow up to the highly-regarded Balmoral Añejo 18 (18 year-old Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper), the Balmoral Añejo XO brand has always been about consistently delivering the optimal balance of sophisticated complexity and smoothness. Each meticulously crafted, extensively aged cigar blend is the result of a relentless curiosity and global search for the top 5% of select premium tobaccos available, including the exclusive, signature Brazilian Mata Norte, that combine to accentuate flavor notes with an underlying natural sweetness.
The new releases, Balmoral Añejo XO Connecticut and Balmoral Añejo XO Oscuro, will also be handcrafted at the boutique, Royal Agio cigar factory in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, and are extensions on the same exploratory blending philosophy of Boris Wintermans, 4th generation CEO of Royal Agio Cigars.
“I can honestly say that now is the right time to release these special new Balmoral line-ups,” Boris Wintermans said. “It has taken us several years to find just the right super-premium tobaccos to merit inclusion into these spectacular new Añejo XO blends. For me, it’s always about having the commitment and patience to ensure we find and work with only the best available tobaccos that will ultimately deliver an enjoyable, one-of-a-kind experience for cigar lovers. It is this unwavering, curious approach to blending all Añejo XO cigars that provides us with the opportunity to discover the best there is to be found.”
The Balmoral Añejo XO Connecticut blend is crowned with a shade-grown wrapper from the Connecticut River Valley and provides a luxuriously creamy experience with complex notes of vanilla, toasted caramel and white pepper. Finished with a San Andres wrapper, Balmoral Añejo XO Oscuro offers a rich experience with complex notes of dark chocolate, espresso and black pepper. Both blends finish with a smooth, underlying natural sweetness.
Both new introductions will be offered in the same vitolas as the current Balmoral Añejo XO blend – Torpedo Mk52 6 1/4 x 52 (MSRP $11.25), Gran Toro 6 x 52 (MSRP $10.50), Rothschild Masivo 5 x 55 (MSRP $9.75), Corona 5 7/8 x 42 (MSRP $9.00) and Petit Robusto FT 4 ¼ x 48 (MSRP $8.50). These new blends will begin shipping to U.S. retailers in September, 2018.