Balmoral has one of the most unique stories in the whole of the cigar industry. Unlike many of their competitors, they didn’t start out as a small Cuban company. It in fact began thousands of miles away, in the quaint European nation of the Netherlands. Not many people know this, but in the early 1900s the Netherlands was one of the centers of the premium cigar industry. Since then, the Wintermans family have travelled the world, utilizing the best tobacco at their disposable to craft some of the finest premium cigars in the world.

 Today, their team consists of master blender Wilhelm van Overveld and craftsman Francisco Batista. Together, along with a small yet efficient factory in the Dominican Republic, Balmoral has released two major lines in the US, with two line extensions on the way.

 First we have the Balmoral Anejo XO. This stunning cigar is rolled with aged Dominican filler and binder tobaccos and is then wrapped with a luscious Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. The combinations of a rich zesty wrapper and the aged Dominican tobaccos gives it a smooth enticing aroma and complex flavor profile.

 Their next release, the Balmoral Anejo 18 uses a similar blend with slight alterations. It uses some Brazilian and Nicaraguan tobaccos in the filler for an even more complex flavor profile. The Arapiraca wrapper is no ordinary Brazilian leaf, in fact is has been aging for over 18 years making it smooth and lush.

 Balmoral may not have the size or notoriety of a Fuente or Drew Estate. What they have is a history of quality and a dedication to making some of the finest small batch cigars in the world and a slew of awards and medals to prove it. Enjoy yours today at Serious Cigars.

POSTED ON Jul 23, 2018


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