Royal Agio is hardly a new company—it was founded in 1904—however, the company’s focus has neither been on premium cigars nor the American market. That changed less than two years ago when Agio decided—after years of having other companies distribute its products—to establish its own U.S. operations. Since then, few companies have expanded their portfolios quite like Agio.
Last year, the company introduced a pair of lines under the San Pedro de Macorís brand and earlier this year it added two more. The San Pedro de Macorís Sun Grown uses a wrapper from Ecuador, while the San Pedro de Macorís Nicaragua predictably uses a Nicaraguan wrapper, one derived from a habano seed. Underneath that is a Domincian olor binder over four fillers: Brazilian mata fina fillers, Dominican olor and piloto, and Nicaraguan viso. The filler is almost identical to the original San Pedro de Macorís lines except for the added Nicaraguan viso.