Royal Agio Adds Gran Toro, Corona and Lancero to Balmoral Añejo XO

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Three new sizes are being added to Royal Agio’s Balmoral Añejo XO line, one of which is a limited edition lancero vitola.

One year after releasing the line into the United States market, the Dutch company looks to carve out a bit more space for the brand, with the introduction of the the Balmoral Añejo XO Gran Toro (6 x 52, $10.50) and Balmoral Añejo XO Corona (5 7/8 x 42, $8.95).

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They become the fourth and fifth regular production sizes in the line, joining the Rothschild Masivo (5 x 55), Torpedo Mk52 (6 1/4 x 52), and Petit Robusto FT (4 1/4 x 48).

The sixth size in the line will be a limited one, as the company is only producing 1,250 10-count boxes of the Balmoral Añejo XO Lancero FT (7 x 40, $12.95), with the FT in the lancero’s name indicating that the cigar features a flag tail cap. For U.S. consumers that number gets even more limited, as only 500 of the boxes are destined for their side of the Atlantic Ocean.

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The blend is a combination of a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper, Dominican olor binder, and Nicaraguan, Brazilian and Dominican fillers.

The new sizes are said to have their roots in a meeting of international cigar media organizations, including halfwheel, held in Belgium and organized by Boris Wintermans, ceo of Royal Agio Cigars, in September 2015. “This was a historical occasion for our company as we fine tune our craft for the United States market,” he noted in a press release. “We took a great deal of feedback during the media summit and heard repeatedly that the participants wanted to see a limited edition like a lancero, but also loved our flag tail.”

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The cigars are being made at the Royal Agio Cigars Factory in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic and distributed by Drew Estate. A shipping date has not yet been announced.

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