IPCPR 2019: Royal Agio Cigars

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I mentioned recently that I was a bit surprised to see only two new lines from Royal Agio scheduled for IPCPR 2019. It’s not that I want to see more new lines, I think the company has more than enough cigars in its portfolio. And while I still think the company has too many cigars, I’m certainly interested in trying both of the new lines.

The Agio booth seems more or less the same though it was much busier than I ever recall it. That included what seemed like a mini-summit of European cigar manufacturers when I was there.

Balmoral Serie Signaturas Paso Doble

You are best just by your peers and during my visit I saw an owner of a rather prominent cigar brand come over and ask for samples of this cigar. The draw here is simple: this cigar is made by La Flor Dominicana. It’s part of the Serie Signaturas, which will see Agio collaborate with various cigar factories. Given that La Flor Dominicana doesn’t make cigars for other people, this might seem a bit odd, though Agio is La Flor’s distributor in parts of Europe.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Balmoral Serie Signaturas Paso Doble Robusto (5 3/4 x 50) — $11.25 (Box of 10, $112.50)
  • Balmoral Serie Signaturas Paso Doble Gran Toro (6 1/4 x 54) — $12 (Box of 10, $120)
  • Balmoral Serie Signaturas Paso Doble Brindis (7 x 55) — $16.50 (Box of 10, $165)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua

The Añejo XO line—like seemingly every other cigar on the market—gets a version with more Nicaraguan tobacco. I’m curious to try it as the filler blend mixture is not something you see every day.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano)
  • Binder: Brazil (Cuban-Seed)
  • Filler: Brazil (Mata Norte), Dominican Republic (Olor) & Nicaragua (Estelí)
  • Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua Torpedo Mk52 (6 1/4 x 52) — $11.25 (Box of 20, $225)
  • Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua Gran Toro (6 x 52) — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)
  • Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua Rothschild Masivo (5 x 55) — $9.75 (Box of 20, $195)
  • Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua Corona (5 7/8 x 42) — $9 (Box of 20, $180)
  • Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua Petit Robusto FT (4 1/4 x 48) — $8.50 (Box of 20, $170)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2019

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Charlie Minato
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I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

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