The Balmoral 18 Anejo, this is a hard to find cigar to say the least. I managed to negotiate a few from a friend traveling back from the Netherlands, which is where this beauty began.
The Balmoral 18 Anejo, features a Brazilian wrapper that has been aged 18 years thus giving the name Anejo 18. The look and feel of the cigar exude flavor, the aroma is a little coffee, hazelnut and cocoa. The cigar I smoked for the review is the 5×55 Rothschild Masivo.
- Cigar Reviewed: Balmoral Royal Selection Añejo 18 Rothschild Masivo
- Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
- Factory: Agio Cigars
- Wrapper: Brazilian
- Binder: Dominican Olor
- Filler: Brazilian Bahia, Dominican Olor, Nicaraguan Ligero
- Size: 5 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 55
- Vitola: Rothschild Masivo
- MSRP: $12 (Boxes of 20, $240)
- Date Released: 2012
- Number of Cigars Released: 500 Boxes of 20 Cigars (10,000 Total Cigars)
- Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
The wrapper is rugged and toothy, the cigar is firm and the cold draw is effortless. This was chosen for a nice morning on the lake, so the wind could play a factor on the burn but it did not and I needed no touch ups on the burn. The ash is almost black, the smoke is plentiful, and the flavor profile is perfect. The first half of the cigar is almost sweet like a really dark chocolate, the retrohale gives just enough spice to keep my senses and attention.
The last third of the cigar is where the real action is happening, the age of the wrapper combined with the fantastic filler and the surroundings of the lake make this a perfect cigar. I would highly recommend getting these and not sharing with friends!