Balmoral cigars are produced by the Royal Agio company. While this version of the Balmoral brand is relatively new, there are four generations of expertise to vouch for these premiums. Balmoral cigars’ roots trace back to 1895. The name Balmoral comes from a Scottish castle the UK Royal Family uses to this day. Royal Agio was founded in 1904 and became one of the largest cigar companies in Europe. In 1950 Royal Agio changed its name to Agio.
Balmoral was acquired from Douwe Egberts in 1983, and a factory was opened in 1990 in the Dominican Republic where Agio would produce its premium cigars, including Balmoral. When Agio acquired Balmoral cigars, the brand was not in the best shape. Today, thanks to Agio, Balmoral is the flagship brand of the company.
We are now in the 4th generation where the company is run by two brothers who received all the cigar knowledge of the generations before them. The brothers have moved the focus away from their machine-made lines to the premium handmade cigars from their Dominican Republic operation. These brothers are responsible for the creation of the Balmoral Añejo lines.
One of the more popular Balmoral cigars is the Balmoral Añejo XO, which uses a balanced blend of Brazilian, Dominican, and Nicaraguan long-fillers to create a medium-full strength cigar with a balanced profile and layered flavors. Another is the Balmoral Royal Selection Añejo 18, which utilizes a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper aged for an incredible 18 years.
In 2019 Agio was scooped up by the Scandinavian Tobacco Group. Only time will tell what will happen with the brand. For now, the smoke is available and ready to enjoy, so we’re feeling pretty good.