October 21, 2018

Balmoral Anejo XO Gran Toro (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The Balmoral Anejo XO is a follow up to the limited Balmoral Royal Selection Anejo 18.  The original Anejo 18 was a limited production that was gated by the availability of a rare 18 year old Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. In order to continue Anejo a line based on aged tobaccos, Royal Agio has now introduced the Balmoral Anejo XO.  The main difference between the two is the Anejo XO features a different Brazilian wrapper.

Blend Profile
Wrapper: Brazilian Sun Grown
Binder: Dominican Olor
Fillers: Brazilian, Nicaraguan, and Dominican Republic
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

Vitolas Available
Lancero FT: 7 x 40
Corona: 5 7/8 x 42
Gran Toro: 6 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY
Rothschild Masivo: 5 x 55
Mk52 (Torpedo): 6 1/4 x 52
Petit Robusto FT: 4 3/8 x 48

The FT stands for “Flag Tail” which is on the cap of the Petit Robusto.

The cigar is medium brown and has a fairly nice weight in the hand. 

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were anise, cream, cedar, brown sugar, cinnamon, leather, and black coffee. There was black pepper noted at a 7. Interesting start. There are a lot of heavy flavors in this cigar. 

At the first third (21 minutes) there was a little more cedar and quite a bit of leather notes. The other notes are about like they were originally. The flavors make for an interesting combination. The finish is one of anise and a buttery leather. There was a nice amount of lingering black pepper. Again, the cigar has some heavy flavors. The cigar is not really hitting on all cylinders with me at this point. I rated the first third at 87.

At the second third (53 minutes) the cigar is burning evenly. The front end flavors are now more of a cedar with lighter notes of anise. There is a nice amount of brown sugar and cinnamon. The leather has gotten smoother and almost buttery. There are now dry roasted nut flavors. The strength of the cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is a buttery leather with touches of anise and nice lingering black pepper. To me this is an acquired taste-type cigar. That being said the cigar improved in this segment for me. I rated the second third at an 88. 

The cigar lasted 1 hour 23 minutes. I lost all the anise notes in the final third. The sweet cedar remains. The cigar has decent sweetness; brown sugar and cinnamon. The leather is more subtle but the roasted nuts are elevated. The black coffee holds the base. I no longer have any buttery notes attached to the leather. The cigar is a low grade full bodied. The finish is leather, cedar, and roasted nuts with a very nice amount of lingering black pepper. Hopefully I have described the flavors accurately for you. This is not a cigar I would typically gravitate to. I'm sure there is a market for them and if this sounds like a cigar you would like please try it and let me know what you think. The final third did not lose anything so I maintained the rating of 88. If you would like to try these cigar you can go HERE.

Overall Score: 88 (87.67)

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