When it comes to collaborations, Boutique Blends is no stranger to this concept. Last year, the company collaborated with Altadis’ Grupo de Maestros to produce the Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room. The company has also had a long partnership with Jochy Blanco at Tabacalera Palma. This year, Rafael Nodal’s company has teamed up with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo to produce a new release under the resurrected Oliveros brand called Oliveros All Stars. This cigar was officially launched at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show.
The Oliveros All Stars features a U.S. grown Broadleaf wrapper over a Dominican binder and combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. The cigar is being launched in four sizes. Each of the four have musical theme names: Aria (4 1/2 x 48), Fogue (5 1/2 x 52), Chord (6 1/2 x 52, Torpedo), and Basso (6 x 54). While Nodal is known for his piano playing and using musical vitola names, Perez-Carrillo also has musical ties as he was a drummer.
Oliveros All Stars is packaged in 20 count boxes.
The company Boutique Blends was originally known as Oliveros Cigars. In fact it was originally Oliveros that launched the Aging Room and Swag brands. In 2012, Oliveros Cigars renamed itself Boutique Blends. While the Oliveros name never completely disappeared (it was still branded on its flavored cigars), the brand name did subside to the background. For 2016, Boutique Blends has brought the Oliveros name back front and center. Nodal informed Cigar Coop this was planned well before the FDA Regulations were announced.
At a glance, here is a look at the Oliveros All Stars:
Wrapper: U.S. Grown Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (Tabacalera La Alianza)
Aria: 4 1/2 x 48
Vogue: 5 1/2 x 52
Chord: 6 1/2 x 52 (Torpedo)
Basso: 6 x 54
Photo Credit: Cigar Coop