News and Updates from Boutique Cigars / Swag / Aging Room
Activity has begun to increasingly rise as we head into full throttle IPCPR season. Boutique Cigars (Aging Room; Swag Cigars) is no exception, with company president Rafael Nodal publishing a number of pictures and comments this morning about their upcoming new cigars. Below are some quick notes and comments regarding those releases:
Aging Room Maduro
The highly anticipated Aging Room Maduro is blended using all Dominican grown habano as filler and binder with a beautiful oily and powerful Nicaraguan maduro wrapper, aged for over 5 years using our unique proprietary curing and aging process that has made the Aging Room one of the highest rated cigar brands. Body: Medium to Full
In further comments, Mr. Nodal additionally noted that this is Aging Room ‘s “top new release for IPCPR, […]in the works for a long LONG time. This powerhouse of aroma and flavors has a medium to full body with a blend of Dominican Aging Room Tobacco and a wonderful NICARAGUAN Maduro. Did I hear AMEN!!! I am a religious person and I must say, this is an spiritual experience.”
Being a fan of Aging Room ‘s products already in the market, I have to say I am anxiously anticipating this release – Dominican tobacco clothed in a Nicaraguan maduro wrapper sounds quite enticing.
Cigar Coop reported in an exclusive story that Boutique Blends will also be adding a maduro line to their Swag marque this year as well. It also will feature Dominican internal components and a Nicaraguan maduro wrapper. The picture at right was released this morning via Mr. Nodal, with the added information that it would be available in bigger ring sizes (up to a 70 ring).
Aging Room Mini
In what seems to be a budding trend at this year’s show, Aging Room will be the third company I know of to release a miniature cigar (and being the other two). My interest is piqued to see how this pans out in light of the trend toward larger and larger cigars in recent years. The philosophy and model being that these cigars will fill the need for those who have the desire for a premium, handmade cigar but limited time. It will be worth watching to see how this niche develops – will there be enough demand for this type of product, or will many cigar smokers simply opt to wait until they have the time to dedicate to a larger cigar?
Aging Room Wild Pack
As was recently reported around the online cigar community, the Aging Room Wild Pack will be another IPCPR release. It will be a 10-cigar sampler, consisting of 2 each for 5 different previously unreleased small format cigars. Mr. Nodal indicated this morning that this will be a market test “for consumers to help us find the nextblend.” There will be a rating card included to report notes back to the company and help determine interest in each of the blends for subsequent release to market.
On this week’s Half Ashed, we discussed the upcoming Fortissimo to a limited degree. Notably, the assertion from Aging Room that this may be the strongest cigar ever to come out of the Dominican Republic. Its composition will feature 100% ” tobacco from famous veteran grower Jose “Joshi” Blanco. Perfection be an understatement.”