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Royal Agio Cigars has new line called Balmoral Añejo XO. The Balmoral Añejo XO is considered a follow-up to the company’s Balmoral Royal Selection Añejo 18. The Añejo 18 was a limited production that was gated by the availability of a rare 18 year old Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. In order to continue Añejo a line based on aged tobaccos, Royal Agio is now introducing the Añejo XO. Royal Agio says the new Añejo XO is available now and the cigar is expected to be showcased at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show.

In a press release announcing the Balmoral Añejo XO, Royal Agio Cigars CEO Boris Wintermans said, “In my quest for the perfect Añejo blend, I have had the privilege to be able to work with the finest and most exquisite tobaccos in the world. The most recent creation to come out of this journey was, of course, the Añejo 18, crowned with an 18 year old Brazilian ‘Sungrown’ Arapiraca wrapper, and made by hand at our own factory in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. After careful selection and tastings, I daresay that I have succeeded in finding a truly worthy successor: the Balmoral Añejo XO.”

The company is not disclosing the blend information for the Añejo XO, but the cigars will be available in the same sizes as the existing Añejo 18 line: Rothschild Masivo (5 x 55, SRP $9.90) and the torpedo-shaped Mk52 (6 1/4 x 52, SRP $10.95). A third size will also be available in the Añejo XO line called Petit Robusto FT (FT meaning “Flag Tail”) with a 48 ring gauge.

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Balmoral Añejo XO Petit Robusto FT

Only this Balmoral Añejo XO can compete with the Añejo 18. All tobaccos used have been thoroughly aged and create a sophisticated and complex aroma that is said to be beyond compare. Medium to full bodied, Royal Agio Cigars describes the Añejo XO’s taste as an explosion of aroma’s and complexity, with notes of cedar wood, spices, cacao and an underlying sweetness. Wintermans is convinced that the XO rivals the Añejo 18’s taste for complexity and subtlety and even ads a bit of extra sweetness and creaminess.

The company also says that while there are still stock of the Balmoral Añejo 18, its availability is becoming more scarce.

The new Balmoral Añejo XO is available to Drew Estate Diplomat retailers. Drew Estate is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Royal Agio Cigars.

Photo Credit: Royal Agio Cigars