Royal Agio Cigars – San Pedro De Macoris Brazil
Royal Agio Cigars may not be a well-known name among cigar smokers in the U.S., but the company made a huge push at the 2018 IPCPR Trade Show to change that. Five new cigars were released by the company with three cigars joining their Balmoral line and two others under their new San Pedro de Macoris line of cigars – San Pedro de Macoris Brazil and San Pedro de Macoris Ecuador.
Manufactured in the Dominican Republic at Agio Caribbean Tobacco located in the small town of San Pedro de Macoris, the line is now available in four wrapper options Brazilian Arapiraca, Ecuadorian Connecticut, Nicaraguan, and Sun Grown. Currently, there are three available vitolas: Perla ( 4 1/8 by 40), Corona (5 7/8 by 42) and Robusto (5 1/8 by 52). Packaged in boxes of 20, this valued-price lines from Royal Agio Cigars will run you between $4.75 and $5.50 per cigar.
You can purchase the San Pedro de Macoris Brazil from our good friends at Famous Smoke Shop HERE.
Vitola: 5 1/8 by 52
Wrapper: Sun Grown Brazilian Arapiraca
Binder: Dominican Olor
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina, Dominican Olor, and Dominican Piloto Ligero
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 10 Minutes
The San Pedro De Macoris Brazil wears a dark brown Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper with a deep red hue and some even darker markings. The bright Brazilian flag-like colors really stand out against the dark leaf. There are a few small, thin black veins running down the length of the cigar and a very fine tooth can be felt. As I gently press my fingers on this 5 1 /8 by 52 cigar, I find some indentations in the tobaccos but, other than that, the cigar is firmly rolled.
The wrapper shows off an aroma of earth and barnyard, while a lighter aroma of warm cedar, cinnamon, and raisin come across on the foot of the cigar. Upon cutting the cap, I find an easy draw and a big flavor of cinnamon.
Once lit, the San Pedro de Macoris Brazil opens with medium-full flavors of wood, earth, and lemon. The sour bite of the lemon lingers on the palate for some time between puffs. As the cigar warms, the sour fades slightly as a yeast moves into the profile resulting in sourdough-like flavor. The burn line is sharp as a gray ash forms.
Into the second third, a bright pepper flavor moves into the profile alongside the earth that is holding strong. The earth note has evolved from a generic earthiness to a deeper dirt flavor. The flavors have shifted down from medium-full to a notch below medium. Even so, the pepper comes across sharp and full through the nose. The San Pedro de Macoris Brazil continues to burn with no issue.
As I make my way into the final third, a growing sweetness rounds out the profile as the darker flavors of earth and pepper soften. Each puff is producing a satisfying amount of smoke as the cigar continues to burn exceptionally well. As I begin to close out the cigar, I am feeling just the slightest kick of nicotine.
Royal Agio Cigars is still not a company I am overly familiar with, but I was thoroughly impressed with Balmoral Royal Selection Anejo 18 that I smoked back in 2014. It even landed the #9 spot on my 2014 Top 10 List (You can check it out HERE). But a $12 cigar is high for my taste. So when I heard a new value-priced line was being released by the Royal Agio Cigars in 2018, I knew I had to get my paws on one. The San Pedro de Macoris Brazil Robusto offers a good profile that leans towards the darker end of the spectrum and rounds out in the final third with the addition of some sweetness. For a $5.50 smoke, I was pleased with the flavors the cigar presented. The performance of this wallet-friendly cigar was exceptional with its razor sharp burn, well holding ash, and excellent smoke production. Grab yourself a couple and let us know what you think. I know it’s a cigar that I will be lighting up again.