Since Aug. 2014, there’s been Aging Room Bin No. 1. This spring, there will be Bin No. 2.
Rafael Nodal has announced the upcoming release of his latest cigar via a story on CigarAficionado.com. It’s a Nicaraguan puro that is built around tobaccos from Ometepe, a volcanic island in Lake Nicaragua that is home to a relatively small amount of tobacco but that has become noted for its distinctive flavor, due in large part to the fact that the region sits between a pair of volcanoes, Volcán Concepción and Volcán Maderas. It is tobacco that comes from the Plasencia family and is used for the binder and part of the filler. Additionally, tobaccos from Estelí and Condega were used in the blend.
The cigar is made at Plasencia Cigars S.A. factory in Nicaragua and is being released in three sizes, all packed in 20-count boxes, and with some names that draw from music:
- Aging Room Bin No. 2 C Major (5 3/4 x 54)
- Aging Room Bin No. 2 B Minor (5 x 52)
- Aging Room Bin No. 2 Grande (6 x 60)
Pricing has not yet been announced, and Nodal has so far not commented on the story or its accuracy to halfwheel. E-mails to Altadis U.S.A.’s marketing department have not been returned.
It’s a departure from the Bin No. 1’s blend, which was centered around Dominican tobaccos, particularly aged tobacco from Jochy Blanco at Tabacalera Palma, the factory that has produced many of Aging Room’s lines. The tobacco for Bin No. 1 dates back to Blanco’s early days of growing Cuban seed tobacco in the Cibao Valley of the Dominican Republic, with the binder and filler tracing back to 1999 and 2001. The wrapper on that line is an Ecuadorian habano leaf.