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IPCPR 2016: Boutique Blends

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As several companies did at this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Boutique Blends released a collection of new products that mixed something new, something old and something that comes from a partnership with another company. Not to mention that two of the new projects are coming out of factories not named Tabacalera Palma, though Rafael Nodal says that all is good between him and that factory, so there’s nothing to be concerned about.

Boutique Blends booth IPCPR 2016

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While the Boutique Blends name still seems fairly new, its roots as Oliveros go back quite some time, and two of the company’s new releases return to that moniker, including one that is a collaboration with a well-known name in the business and could be the first of several more like it. While the booth hasn’t changed much in recent years, it seems like every year there is a new ranking or award added to the side or top of the booth.

Boutique Blends Agign Room Pelo de Oro IPCPR 2016

Aging Room Pelo de Oro Scherzo

By now you’ve likely heard the term pelo de oro more than once; it’s Spanish for hair of gold and refers to a varietal of tobacco that is extremely challenging to grow due to low yield and prosperity to disease, yet is incredibly flavorful. This new line is made by by Abdel Fernandez at his Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. in Estelí. In addition, Fernandez is also supplying the central tobacco in the new blend. The name keeps with the Aging Room pattern of using musical terms for vitolas and refers to the word for a section within a symphony or sonata where the music becomes lighter and more playful.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Pelo de Oro
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Aging Room Pelo de Oro Scherzo (5 1/2 x 55) — $13.90 (Box of 10, $139)

Launch Date: Currently shipping

Production: Limited production

Aging Room Quattro Small Batch F55m

The F55m is getting a maduro version using a Mexican San Andrés wrapper. It’s forthcoming at a to be announced date but will be priced in the same $9 – $10 range as the original.

Boutique Blends Solera IPCPR 2016

Aging Room Solera

Drawing from the Solera method of winemaking where several vintages are mixed together to create a consistent flavor from year to year, the latest addition to the Aging Room line takes tobaccos that are aged one, three and seven years and lets them age together in bales for at least a year before the tobaccos are rolled into a cigar. While the core of a Dominican binder and filler are the same from line to line, there are four varietals available, and the same three sizes in each line.

  • Wrapper: Dominican Republic Sun Grown (yellow band), Dominican Corojo (red band), Mexican Maduro (white band), Ecuadorian Connecticut (orange band)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Aging Room Solera Fanfare (6 1/8 x 57) — $7.96 (Box of 21, $167.16)
  • Aging Room Solera Fantastico (5 5/8 x 54) — $7.49 (Box of 21, $157.29)
  • Aging Room Solera Festive (4 3/4 x 52) — $6.95 (Box of 21, $145.95)

Launch Date: Currently shipping

Production: Regular production

Boutique Blends Oliveros All Stars IPCPR 2016

Oliveros All Stars

Rafael Nodal has launched a line of cigars that he is calling duets and will be collectively launched under the Oliveros All Stars header, though future releases will be dictated by FDA’s approval process. For his first line, which is actually No. 5 in the series, he has partnered with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, who is making the cigars at Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. in the Dominican Republic. Building on the theme of Small Batch releases, these also get musical terms for the vitola names.

  • Wrapper: USA Broadleaf Maduro
  • Binder: Dominican Habano
  • Filler: Dominican Habano
  • Oliveros All Stars Small Batch No. 5 Duet Perez Carrillo Aria (4 1/2 x 48) — $8.48 (Box of 20, $169.60)
  • Oliveros All Stars Small Batch No. 5 Duet Perez Carrillo Basso (6 x 54) — $9.89 (Box of 20, $197.80)
  • Oliveros All Stars Small Batch No. 5 Duet Perez Carrillo Chord (6 1/2 x 52 torpedo) — $9.74 (Box of 20, $194.80)
  • Oliveros All Stars Small Batch No. 5 Duet Perez Carrillo Fugue (5 1/2 x 52) — $9 (Box of 20, $180)

Launch Date: July 21, 2016

Production: Limited production

Boutique Blends Oliveros Gran Retorno IPCPR 2016

Oliveros Gran Retorno

A fitting name for this launch, the Oliveros brand is making its grand return by way of 12 new facings, four sizes each available in one of three wrappers. Nodal said this is geared to be a price conscious line but by no means skimps on quality. It’s a return to basics for this brand, but with several years of experience now guiding its path. Along with All Stars, it is the first of what the company says will be several new and reintroduced blends under the Oliveros name.

  • Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut
  • Binder: Honduran Habano
  • Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Oliveros Gran Retorno Banjo (4 1/2 x 52) — $7.20 (Box of 20, $144)
  • Oliveros Gran Retorno Fiddle (6 x 54) — $7.60 (Box of 20, $152)
  • Oliveros Gran Retorno Ragtime (5 x 56) — $7.60 (Box of 20, $152)
  • Oliveros Gran Retorno Swing (6 x 50) — $7 (Box of 20, $140)

Launch Date: Currently shipping

Production: Regular production

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