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In 2014 introduced their flagship cigar Añejo 18, which was an impressive success globally. The rare 18-year old Arapiraca wrapper is very limited and to continue the success of Añejo, which in fact is based on aged tobaccos This year, introduced its successor Añejo XO.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

, 4th generation in the family business and CEO of Royal Agio Cigars, stated that, “In my quest for the perfect Añejo blend, I have had the privilege to be able to work with the finest and most exquisite tobaccos in the world. The most recent creation to come out of this journey was, of course, the Añejo 18, crowned with an 18 year old Brazilian ‘Sungrown’ Arapiraca wrapper, and made by hand at our own factory in , . After careful selection and tastings, I daresay that I have succeeded in finding a truly worthy successor: the Añejo XO.”

All tobaccos used have been thoroughly aged and create a sophisticated and complex aroma that is said to be beyond compare. Medium to full bodied, Royal Agio Cigars describes the Añejo XO’s taste as an explosion of aroma’s and complexity, with notes of cedar wood, spices, cacao and an underlying sweetness. Wintermans is convinced that the XO rivals the Añejo 18’s taste for complexity and subtlety and even ads a bit of extra sweetness and creaminess.

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The Añejo XO comes in three vitolas. Next to the already existing sizes, the (MSRP $9.90) and the torpedo shaped Mk52 (MSRP $10.95), a Petit Robusto FT (MSRP $8.50) will be added to the Añejo range. FT, short for Flag Tail, comes recommended as the short smoke alternative for the and the Mk52. This Petit Robusto FT has a ring gauge of 48 and carries a lower price than its brothers, making the Añejo taste accessible to a wider audience.

Wintermans: “I would like to remind you that, as we have limited stock for the 18 year old wrapper tobacco, the Añejo 18 will be very limited in volume. The Añejo 18 was a limited edition, it now became even more scarce and it will run out soon.”

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’s partner has again selected a very limited number of premium retailers to introduce the Añejo XO. All three vitolas are available now at Diplomat stores.

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Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 55
Country of Origin:
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed
Blender: Willem Von Overveld
Number of reviewers: 4—– (jliu) (McGreggor57) (WyldKnyght) (BMP_)
Price: $9.90
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: July 2015
Contributed by: Drew Estate

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Initial Impressions

Appearance: 89

“The cigar has a medium brown, rustic and toothy wrapper. The wrapper feels sandy and rough as well. Veins are not well pressed and seams are relatively seamless. Cigar feels well rolled with no soft spots and a well adhered double cap.” – (jliu)

Aroma: 90

“The wrapper smells of aged leather, the foot is similar. The pre-light draw has a fresh bread and spice aroma along with the leather.” – (BMP_)

First Third

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Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“First third gives an earthy, mineral, nutty and bitter chocolate flavor experience. The main flavors consists of bitter chocolate, dry dirt, rocks, charred wood, slight dried roasted nuts and white pepper spice. Through the retrohale, namely notes of intensified white pepper spice and dry wood. The finish is of a lingering white pepper spice and charred wood.” – (jliu)

“After the initial blast of pepper, this cigar mellowed out with a nice woody/earthy flavor. The burn was uneven and there was lots of smoke.” – (WyldKnyght)

Second Third

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Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Not much change in flavors until the midway point. Some leather develops quickly and really balances out the cedar. Although the coffee disappears, some chocolate remains in the background.” – (McGreggor57)

“This third is still mostly a mixture of spices, but they are more balanced than the previous one. I’m getting lots of pepper, green and black, along with some nutmeg and salt.” – (BMP_)

Final Third

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Flavor: 84
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Allspice joins the fray and pairs well with the cedar to create a sweeter profile. Chocolate remains on the finish and takes the edge off the cedar. Although the leather is fading, there is still enough to balance the other flavors.” – (McGreggor57)

“The spices are still the story of this cigar, they really haven’t changed much and stay similar until the end of the cigar. I really wish this had developed a bit more in flavors and complexity.” – (BMP_)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 88

“A consistent draw was appreciated for this larger ring gauge.” – (McGreggor57)

Burn: 86

“The burn was uneven to start and required a touch up half way through.” – (WyldKnyght)

Construction: 90

“Construction could definitely have been better as the burn and draw suffered. Otherwise, the cigar held its shape.” – (BMP_)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Overall Experience: 85

“This was a run of the mill average cigar. The namely earthy and mineral notes were nice but nothing special about it. This feels like one of those cigars that can be readily found. The last thirds mainly charred and burnt notes was not desirable. All in all, will pass on smoking more of these.” – (jliu)

“Cedar dominated my sample, but the chocolate held it’s own to create a smooth finish. The leather that developed halfway through did a nice job of of balancing the flavors. While the additional coffee and allspice created some other dimensions that made this a solid cigar.” – (McGreggor57)

“At the start of this cigar it definitely had potential, but by the second third it had disappeared. There were just too many issues with this cigar to recommend to anyone. The flavor got worse as it went along and the burn issue was awful.” – (WyldKnyght)

“This cigar started out well with some nice spice flavors. The spices ended up being the entire story, and while they did balance and change a bit, it wasn’t enough to keep my interest. Based on this sample I can’t recommend it, but I would try it again if others had a different experience.” – (BMP_)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 57


  • Appearance 89%
  • Aroma 90%
  • First Third 89%
  • Second Third 88%
  • Final Third 84%
  • Draw 88%
  • Burn 86%
  • Construction 90%
  • Overall Experience 85%

Total Score - Fair


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