Rafael Nodal, owner of Aging Room cigars, is adding a pair of new varieties to the boutique brand, which was named one of Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 cigars of 2011.
“We’re releasing two more Aging Rooms,” said Nodal. The Aging Room Quattro is a box-pressed cigar with an Indonesian wrapper. The cigars are already being rolled at Tabacalera La Palma in Tamboril, Dominican Republic, and will be on display this summer at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show.
Nodal says the Indonesian wrapper was found in Europe, at a machine-made cigar factory that went out of business.
The tobacco has some age on it—he says it’s from 2003—and there’s enough for a limited run of smokes, perhaps 300,000 to 400,000 cigars.
The name of the cigar might change to Aging Room Sumatra Quattro. It will come in five sizes, all of them box-pressed. “We’re really looking forward to that,” said Nodal. “We started the production about a month ago and just got the first batch here.”
The price will be perhaps 50 cents a cigar more than Aging Room, or around $8 per cigar.
The second new Aging Room, which is expected in stores in May, will be called Aging Room Haváo, a cigar made with Dominican tobaccos wrapped in a Connecticut-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador. A mild to medium smoke, Haváo will come 20 to a box and retail starting at $6. It will be offered in six sizes: Canon (6 inches by 46 ring gauge); Brio (5.25 by 42); Sharp (torpedo, 6.25 by 52); Impromptu (5 by 48); Largo (7 by 50) and Treble (6 by 50).
This article first appeared in the May 1 issue of Cigar Insider.