Cigar News: Royal Agio Announces Launch of Balmoral Serie Signaturas Paso Doble
Padding their growing portfolio, and fan base, Royal Agio’s Boris Wintermans has again partnered with a blending icon to craft a unique cigar. Coming on the heels of their success with the inaugural release in their Serie Signaturas line, Dueto, a collaboration with E. P. Carrillo, for it’s second installment, Royal Agio teamed up with La Flor Dominicana’s Litto Gomez. Like the Carrillo partnership, Wintermans desired a cigar with the flavors and nuances of unique tobaccos paired with the attitude, quality and unique blending wizardry of Gomez.
Aside from the distinctive cigar blend, another unique feature of the collaboration is that Litto Gomez is not one to partner with anyone. In fact, he never has. Ever. He made this exception thanks in part to his experience in working with Royal Agio in getting his cigars distributed into various European countries, eg The Netherlands. The name, Paso Doble (Spanish for “double step”), originated as a fast-paced style of military marching. Presumably, the inspiration for the cigar instead comes from the emotive style of traditional Spanish dancing that evolved from this.
The Paso Doble features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and Dominican and Brazilian filler tobaccos sourced both from Gomez’s La Canela farm and Royal Agio’s inventory. Paso Doble will be available in 3 vitolas:
– Robusto (5.75″ x 50)
– Gran Toro (6.25″ x 54)
– Brindis (Figurado) (7″ x 55)
Balmoral plans to debut the Paso Doble at the IPCPR trade show later this month in Las Vegas. Pricing for the cigars will reportedly be in the range of $11 – $16.50. – In Fumo Pax!