Date: March 2020
Author: Inspector Z

Royal Agio releases Balmoral Anejo XO Gordo in The Netherlands. Now, this cigar isn’t exactly brand new, but the news is that the cigar will be readily available. For the last few years, the cigar was exclusive ‘event-only’.


The Dutch government hasn’t called for a full lock-down yet, but cafes, restaurants, clubs, and bars are closed. Businesses are asked to let people work remotely as much as possible. Royal Agio account managers stopped visiting accounts for example. Tobacconists are still open, but all closed the lounges. The Royal Agio management decided to release the Balmoral Anejo XO Gordo for two reasons. First of all, to help the retailers because new products always boost sales. But secondly, with a lot of cigar smokers working from home, they have more time to enjoy a big cigar. 

The Balmoral Anejo XO Gordo is the 6×60 version of the Balmoral Anejo XO. That blend was launched in the summer of 2014, as a follow up to the acclaimed Balmoral Anejo 18. With the Balmoral Anejo 18, the Wintermans family upgraded the whole Balmoral brand. But when they ran out of the 18-year-old wrapper, they had to come up with the next edition. That was the Balmoral Anejo XO, which is now available in an Oscuro, Nicaragua and Connecticut version as well.

The blend

 For the creation of the cigar, the master blenders of Royal Agio used extra-aged tobaccos. For the fillers, they took tobacco from Brazil, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The binder is Dominican Olor. And as a wrapper, an aged Brazilian Sungrown Arapiraca was chosen. After rolling, the cigars are aged for another six months before being packed and shipped to retailers all over the globe.

The Balmoral Anejo XO Gordo will be available at Dutch tobacco retailers effective immediately. The cigars are priced at € 9.90 each. The Netherlands works with fixed prices for tobacco products so the retail price is the same in every shop. A box contains 20 cigars retail for € 198.


The Royal Agio Caribbean Cigar factory in the Dominican Republic is currently closed due to the coronavirus. The Royal Agio factory in Sri Lanka, where the majority of the machine-made Agio cigars are made, was closed last week but is supposed to be open today. But if the situation requires the factory to remain closed, Royal Agio will shut the doors again to protect the workers.

Recently we published articles about the history of Royal Agio part one and part two, plus we visited the headquarters in Duizel and the factory in Westerlo. We also reviewed several cigars from Royal Agio: Balmoral Anejo XO Oscuro Lancero, Balmoral Dueto Robusto, San Pedro de Macoris Nicaragua Corona, Balmoral Anejo XO Gran Toro, Balmoral Anejo XO Connecticut Rothschild Masivo, and Balmoral Paso Doble Brindis.

Ministry of Cigars - Royal Agio releases Balmoral Anejo XO Gordo

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