Last year at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, Boutique Blends launched the Aging Room Solera. This line consists of four blends where the tobaccos use a method similar to aging sherry whine and brandy known as the Solera method. This year, Boutique Blends showcased the Aging Room Solera Shade – a blend that uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper.
The story of the Aging Room Solera goes back 13 years ago when back in 2004, Nodal and his wife Alina were visiting Andalucia, Spain. Nodal (who is now a citizen of Spain) became impressed with a method of aging sherry wine and Brandy called Solera. This involves combining different vintages of wine together, thus the finished product is a combination of wines of different ages. The more Nodal learned about the Solera process, the more he thought it could be applied to the aging of tobacco.
By applying this process to tobacco, tobaccos from different vintages are combined into bales and aged – resulting in a marriage of the tobaccos before rolling a cigar. The concept is one Nodal and Bischoff have embraced for some time. Back in 2005, both Nodal and Bischoff introduced Solera cigars as an exclusive house brand to their cigar lounge in Miami Lakes, Florida. This differs from what is done on most cigars as traditionally, tobaccos are aged separately and then blended together at the time of rolling a cigar.
Over the past year, the Aging Room Solera has been rolled out with Sun Grown, Corojo, and Maduro wrapper options. Now this year, the Aging Room Solera Shade launches an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade version of the cigar.
Boutique Blends Cigars are distributed by Altadis U.S.A. At a glance, here is a look at the Aging Room Solera:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Binder: Habano Dominicano
Filler: Habano Dominicano
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (Tabacalera Palma)
The Aging Room Solera is available in four sizes packaged in 20-count boxes. The four sizes are common to all four blends in the Solera line:
Festivo: 4.7 x 52
Fantastico: 5.6 x 54
Fanfare: 6 1/8 x 57
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