Royal Agio Cigars USA has announced its second installment in its Balmoral Serie Signaturas series. Balmoral Serie Signaturas is a collaboration line launched by Royal Agio Cigars in 2018. The first release was a collaboration between Royal Agio CEO Boris Wintermans and Ernesto Perez-Carrillo called the Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto. This time, Wintermans is teaming up with La Flor Dominicana’s Litto Gomez for the Balmoral Serie Signaturas Paso Doble.
According to a press release from Royal Agio Cigars, “PASO DOBLE combines each cigar makers’ dearest tobaccos and intertwines them into a distinct dance of flavors that stays true to each cigar maker’s signature blending style – the dark, full-bodied opulence of Litto Gomez’ La Flor Dominicana and the sophisticated, balanced complexity of Boris Wintermans’ Balmoral cigars.”
Like Dueto, Paso Doble incorporates tobaccos both Wintermans and Gomez work with. It incorporates tobaccos from Gomez’s La Canela farms and Brazilian tobacco that is a staple of Wintermans’ blend. The cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Ecuadorian Sumatra binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Brazil. It will be available in three sizes presented in 10-count boxes – Robusto, Gran Toro, and Brindis. Production is handled at Tabacalera La Flor.
In a press release Boris Wintermans, 4th generation CEO for Royal Agio Cigars commented, “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Litto’s work and the fact that, like me, he is obsessively passionate about pushing the boundaries of what can be discovered in premium cigar blending. For this special collaboration project, we placed all of our respective, coveted tobaccos on the table and went to work exploring a wide range of unique and exciting blending possibilities, never really knowing the final outcome. I am proud to say that, in the end, we turned a blank cigar canvas into a one-of-a-kind, inspiring discovery in cigar blending for cigar lovers everywhere to enjoy.”
Litto Gomez added: “Last year we partnered with Boris and his team at Agio to distribute our products in Germany and The Netherlands, and we were so impressed with their professionalism and dedication, that when Boris asked me to collaborate on a blend with him, I did not think twice. This is not something we normally do, in fact we never do it, but for Boris I made an exception because we share the same simple philosophy, to be the best and do things the right way. The process behind Paso Doble has been an absolute pleasure, from concept, to design, to blending, Boris and his team have been phenomenal throughout and the result is a very special cigar that smokes just as beautifully as it looks!”
Royal Agio Cigars says that shipments to U.S. retailers will begin in August 2019.
The 2019 IPCPR Trade Show is scheduled to open June 29, 2019, in Las Vegas Nevada.
At a glance, here is a look at the Balmoral Signatures Paso Doble:
Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Dominican, Brazilian
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera La Flor
Robusto: 5 3⁄4 x 50 (MSRP $11.25)
Gran Toro: 6 1⁄4 x 54 (MSRP $12.00)
Brindis (Figurado): 7 x 55 (MSRP $16.50)
Photo Credits: Royal Agio Cigars