Dominican Republic

Davidoff Chefs Edition now available

[image: Davidoff]

[image: Davidoff]

Davidoff announced the launch of its second installment of Davidoff Chefs Edition cigars, which are the product of collaboration with some of the most renowned chefs in the world: Thomas Keller, Alvin Leung, Klaus Erfort, Heiko Nieder and Shaun Rankin. The elite group has earned a total 12 Michelin stars.

“In bringing together the creative powers of international kitchen pioneers with Davidoff’s cigar visionaries in the Dominican Republic, we intended to create an extraordinary cigar experience inspired by flavours from the four corners of the world,” said Davidoff CMO Edward Simon in a press release. “These highly acclaimed Chefs and Master Blenders, whose mission is continually to push the boundaries of taste, have truly excelled in creating a blend and experience second to none.”

The cigar, which is made in a Toro format, draws inspiration from the five chefs’ home countries (Germany, Switzerland, the United States, Great Britain and Hong Kong) as well as the Dominican Republic, according to Davidoff, which describes the smoking experience as “multi-layered and exquisite, rich and deep in flavour. Liquorice, oakwood, Szechuan pepper and leather give way to the warm intensity of coffee, cumin and chocolate with sweet, spicy undertones and culminate in end notes of eucalyptus and spice.”

The cigar features Dominican wrapper, Mexican binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

Production of Chefs Edition is limited to 5,000 boxes, which are available only at Davidoff Flagship stores and select Appointed Merchants.

Balmoral Serie Signaturas DUETO, blended by Ernesto Pérez-Carrillo, to ship in September

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Balmoral is getting into the collaboration game with Balmoral Serie Signaturas. The first release under this new collaboration brand umbrella will be DUETO, blended by Ernesto Pérez-Carrillo of EPC. The cigar will make its official debut at the 2018 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas this July.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to work alongside Ernesto on this very special collaboration project for Balmoral,” said Royal Agio CEO Boris Wintermans in a press release. “I want to push the boundaries of what can be discovered in premium cigar blending, and it is this desire that inspired the creation of the Balmoral Serie Signaturas (Signature Series) and initial conversations with Ernesto. This collaboration platform offers another avenue for us to explore, discover and release completely new and exciting cigar blends. The resulting blend for DUETO, behind Ernesto’s blending genius, makes this first release nothing short of exceptional.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with Boris and his team at Royal Agio on this special project,” said Ernesto in a statement in the same press release, “especially because we share a fundamental, common exploratory philosophy as cigar makers.”

The DUETO blend features a Nicaraguan wrapper from Jalapa, a Nicaraguan binder from Estelí and fillers from Nicaragua and Brazil. The cigar will be made available in five vitolas: Robusto (5 x 50), Ovación (5 ½ x 50), Gran Toro (6 x 52), Gordo (6 x 60) and Churchill (7 x 49). They’ll range in price from $9.75 to $12.50 per cigar and shipments will begin in September 2018.

Royal Agio introduces San Pedro de Macorís cigars

Royal Agio Cigars USA announced the launch of San Pedro de Macorís, brand meant to add accessibly priced products to the company’s lineup up handmade cigars. The brand, named for the Dominican town that’s home to Agio’s factory, will debut with two blends, one called “Ecuador” and the other “Brazil.

The Ecuador blend features a shade-grown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, while the San Pedro de Macorís Brazil has a sun-grown Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. Both blends incorporate Dominican binders and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Brazil.

Both San Pedro de Macorís blends will be packages in 20-count boxes and will be available in three vitolas: Perla (4 ⅛ x 40), Corona (5 ⅞ x 42) and Robusto (5 ⅛ x 52). They’ll range in price from $4.75 to $5.50 per cigar.

Royal Agio Cigars joins ProCigar

Royal Agio Cigars, the company behind the Balmoral brand made in the Dominican Republic, announced that it has joined ProCigar, the trade group of Dominican cigar manufacturers which — among other things — hosts the ProCigar festival each year. The company participated as a “Gold sponsor” in that festival this past February.

Agio is a family owned company that’s been around since 1904. Its golbal headquarters is in Duziel, Holland, but the company has been invested in the Dominican Republic since 1990. Its Dominican factory in San Pedro de Macoris produces machine-made and handmade cigars, including Añejo XO and Royal Selection.

“We work with a very small, dedicated team to create our unique premium cigars. The carefully-selected pairs working for us in San Pedro de Macoris take great pride in handcrafting our cigars and are true artisans in the craft,” said Agio Caribbean Tobacco Company general manager Francisco Batista. “With Agio becoming an official member of ProCigar, I feel an even deeper connection to the local cigar community and I look forward to sharing knowledge and working more closely together with other manufacturers to help elevate what is already world-leading cigar quality.’’

Two new cigars from La Aurora now available in stores

La Aurora 1961 Corojo  (Image: La Aurora)

La Aurora 1961 Corojo (Image: La Aurora)

La Aurora has announced that two new cigars are now available at retailers. Those cigars are the La Aurora 1962 Corojo and the La Aurora 1987 Connecticut. Each blend is named for the year in which the Dominican cigar maker (which has been in business for 113 years) began working with that cigar’s respective wrapper tobacco.

La Aurora 1962 features a Dominican corojo wrapper, Ecuadorian binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. La Aurora 1987 features a Connecticut shade wrapper, Dominican binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

Both cigars are being made available in 20-count boxes of one of four vitolas: Robusto (5 x 50), Churchill (7 x 50), Toro (5 1/2 x 54) and Gran Toro (6 x 58). Their retail price is set from $5.50 to $6.00, depending on format.