The Balmoral Añejo XO is being officially released this weekend at IPCPR in New Orleans, although I was able to find it at two retailers the week before the show. This cigar is packed in 20 count boxes and comes in three sizes. Balmoral is a brand under the Royal Agio Cigars umbrella based out of the Netherlands. Their other brands include Mehari’s, Panter, and De Huifkar. The Balmoral line is distributed in the U.S. by Drew Estates and is only available at their Diplomat retailers.
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Size: 5×55 Rothschild Masivo
The presentation of the cigar is spot on. The dark brown wrapper looks tasty with a faint chocolate and earthy sent. There are two bands on this stick, the top one has a large embossed gold colored B with a grey background. The top band also has an eye catching red ribbon around the bottom. The bottom band is for more than just looks here, it includes the name the cigar along with size.
First puffs- A smooth black pepper spice hits the back of your throat first. A couple puffs in and a hint of cedar flavor enters the mix. The draw is noticeably light and easy to take nice long puffs.
First Third- Cedar is the dominating flavor in this part of the stick, although there is a subtle sweet undertone. The spice is now mostly present during retrohale. So far the burn line is staying mostly even and construction is top notch.
Second Third- The sweetness is now transforming into a smooth creamy chocolate taste, while the cedar flavor remains the main attraction. The cigar is becoming more complex and the flavors are blending perfectly. The draw continues to be on the lighter side, and there is a heavy amount of bright white smoke with each puff.
Final Third- I’m starting to get a sweet tobacco taste now. The creaminess has stepped up another notch, with the chocolate flavor toning down some. Ever present is the cedar and black pepper spice.
This is a solid cigar with some great offsetting flavors. The construction is on point, producing a solid ash and an even burn line. The draw was enjoyable throughout the entire stick. I am recommending all of you give this one a try.
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