The Aging Room cigars story is the story of "The American Dream" come true. It begins in 1980 with a young man of high school age who comes to America from Cuba during the Mariel Boat Lift. The young man is Rafael Nodal (now president of Boutique Blends), who came with little more than his immediate family, a gift for music, and a lot of ambition.
After living in New York City for three years, the Nodal family moves to Miami. Rafael enrolls in Miami Dade Community College as a Music Education major, but his first real job is cleaning floors in a South Beach hospital. He learns the ins-and-outs of the Healthcare business, and works his way up to Executive Director of a national healthcare company. Rafael falls in love and marries Dr. Alina Cordoves, who is descended from three generations of Cuban tobacco growers. He also has a good friend, Hank Bischoff (now VP of Boutique Blends), who loves cigars, and in 1997 the three of them begin to sell cigars online.
By 2002, having an online cigar store was profitable enough to start a new tobacco distribution company. By selling both flavored and traditionally blended cigars, cigar sales increased, but not enough to satisfy their bottom line.
By 2009, not much had changed until one fateful night in Miami Beach. Rafael and Hank were celebrating being able to make the week’s payroll and discussing the company's future when they realized that by trying to make cigars for everyone they were competing with the big mass market cigar makers, and it wasn't working. The solution? Introduce some of the small batch cigar blends they had been working on for years, but due to a limited amount of tobacco, were never released. Moreover, they would produce new blends for smokers looking for cigars with complexity and character, and Aging Room Cigars would lead the charge.
Made entirely by hand at Tabacalera Palma, in Santiago, The Dominican Republic, Aging Room cigars are made in limited edition using only the finest and rarest tobaccos, with each selection offering a full-flavored and complex profile.
First out of the starting gate were Aging Room Havao cigars, a medium-bodied, full-flavored line using a Dominican core with an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper. Spanish for "the best of both worlds," Havao is a great choice if you want to step into a creamy, complex smoke with exquisite flavor and aroma – and no experience is necessary, either!
Aging Room Quattro cigars offer even more full-bodied flavor and aroma in this all box-pressed, "F55" release that took the #2 slot in Cigar Aficionado magazine's "Top 25 Cigars of 2013" with a "93" rating. Using an extremely rare Sumatra wrapper aged since 2003, the smoke is creamy, well-balanced, and loaded with dark tobacco flavors. If you love heady Dominican blends like OpusX cigars, the Quattro line is right in your strike zone.
No premium cigar brand would be complete without a maduro selection. Enter Aging Room Maduro cigars, a medium-full smoke seamlessly rolled in a dark, oily, and spicy Nicaraguan maduro wrapper that has been aged a full five years. Thick, creamy smoke ensues, sending you on a sweet n' spicy journey to "Cigarvana."
Looking for something a little more elusive? Aging Room Small Batch cigars (a.k.a. M356), comprise a high-scoring, full-bodied Dominican puro made in very limited edition. Offered in a good choice of shapes and sizes, these are some of the best Dominican cigars you'll ever hold between your thumb and forefinger, having earned a place in Cigar Aficionado magazine's "Top 25 Cigars of the Year 2011" with a "94," and Cigar Journal magazine's "Top 25 Cigars of 2012" with a "95." Of course, reviews are subjective, which is why you must smoke these awesome cigars for yourself.
Made in only three shapes, each named for a musical chord, Aging Room Bin #1 cigars offer you another full-bodied selection wrapped in an exquisite Ecuadorian Habano leaf that caps a Dominican core of rare Cuban seed tobaccos from 1997, '98, and '99. If it's complexity you desire, it’s all in here, seamlessly building in depth as myriad flavors of sweet tobacco, spices, and oaky notes are revealed.... more