The Premium Cigars & Pipe Retailers trade show in Las Vegas is about to get a lot more haute with the release of Aging Room Solera. The new cigars by Boutique Blends have been developed with their own unique process.
This intricate method will create a cigar that is filled with a variety of tobaccos from different harvest dates. These tobaccos get mixed together and placed in bales for an additional aging stage before packing them in to the cigar you’ll puff. This process will take at least a year before they’ll be formed into cigars. Traditional aging methods require the tobaccos to process in separate bales. This new method drew inspiration from that used to blend Solera Sherry and Port Wines.
“Instead of just blending different tobaccos at the time of rolling, we are aging the different tobaccos in bales together for a reusable blend,” explained brand owner Rafael Nodal. “This enriches the aging process by enhancing the blending of flavors, and the tobacco gets some of the characteristics of the other tobacco.”
“Normally the tobaccos are aged separately and blended together at the time of rolling the cigar,” said Hank Bischoff, Vice President and co-founder of Boutique Blends Cigars, “but with the Solera system,” continued Hank, “the result is a more mature aging and blending process yielding a more complex blend than previously attainable.”
Aging Room Solera cigars are currently made in the Dominican Republic at Tabacalera Palma. While only the binders and fillers will go through this unique Solera aging process, the cigars themselves will come in four different wrapper and three sizes. Wrappers will include Dominican Sun Grown, Dominican Corojo, Mexican Maduro and Ecuador Connecticut Shade with sizes of Festivo, 4 3/4 inches by 52 ring gauge, Fantastico, 5 5/8 by 54 and Fanfare, 6 1/8 by 57, according to Cigar Aficionado.
Cigar Aficionado first reported on the Aging Room Solera.