MA’s Smokehouse is pleased to announce the arrival of a new series of cigars created by Cigar of the Year Award winning blender Rafael Nodal and his team at Boutique Blends.
The series, called ‘Solero’ was released this year under the Aging Room blend and features four wrappers: Sun Grown, Maduro, Corojo and Shade.
“What makes this cigar unique is that it’s produced using the Solera method of aging and blending, which has been used for centuries in the wine and spirits industry,” said Buddy Williams, manager of MA’s. “This is the first time the Solera method has been used in the creation of cigars.”
The Solera system involves combining different vintages of tobacco at different stages of the aging process. It’s said that Nodal’s love for fine wine inspired his use of the Solera method in the creation of this small-batch series, resulting in a cigar with more refinement, consistency and complexity.
Below, we feature two members of the Solera series: The Sun Grown and The Shade.
The Dominican Sun Grown
Marked with a bright yellow band, the Solera Dominican Sun Grown wrapper is recommended for experienced and novice smokers. The sun-grown wrapper is paired with the finest aged Dominican Habano binder and filler tobaccos.
The Dominican Sun Grown is described as a medium-body smoke with a slight honey sweetness combined with hints of nuts, citrus and spice, and some distant earthy elements.
The fourth and most recent of the Solera series is The Shade, a name hinting at aging the tobacco in the shade rather than the sun. The Shade is branded with a burnt orange band indicative of the spicier taste this medium-strength stick offers.
A combination of an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade-grown wrapper that covers the cigar’s Dominican Habano filler and binder, the first half of the Shade is a slow-burning, spicy smoke, later easing in to a syrupy sweetness. Some describe the Shade as featuring a host of creamy flavors delivered through a smooth and consistent draw.
The Solera Sungrown and Solera Shade are available now at MA’s Smokehouse by the stick or in 21-count boxes.
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