Balmoral Cigars Serie Signaturas Dueto Ovación (Figurado)

Vitola: Ovacion (Figurado)
Length: 5.5
Gauge: 50

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa
Binder: Nicaraguan Esteli
Filler: Brazilian
Blender/Creator: Boris Wintermans and Ernesto Perez-Carrillo
Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A.
Country: Dominican Republic
Purchase Source: Sellwood Cigar
Date Purchased: December 20, 2018
Price: $10.90
Date Smoked: October 7, 2020
Quantity: 2

Balmoral Cigars Serie Signaturas Dueto Ovación (Figurado)

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Good Cigars come and they go… This Balmoral Cigars Serie Signaturas Dueto Ovación is soon to be gone because sadly, Balmoral Cigars was sold and these will just be plain out-of-production.

It’s been over a year since I’ve smoked this almost “Extinct” Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto Ovación (Figurado). I decided to smoke my last one because I heard they have a new shipment of these out-of-production cigars at Sellwood Cigar… I’d better get ‘em before there are no more… Just sayin’

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Balmoral Cigars, Dueto, Dueto Ovación, Nicaraguan Jalapa, Serie SignaturasToday is my second Balmoral Serie Signature Dueto Ovación Robusto. The first being last January when they first arrived in Portland, Oregon by way of Sellwood Cigar.

Overall, this was a very pleasant smoking cigar as well as the experience of smoking it… well constructed, perfect draw, tons of smoke, smooth and complex in its flavors… as I was guessing from the length of time since my first Dueto… nothing really hit me on top of the head especially since my affection of it’s sibling the Balmoral Anejo XO Oscuro rocks my world… the Balmoral Serie Signature Dueto is a different ball game.

Hints of mild milk chocolate, coffee and cream with a bit a pepper spice make this cigar for me. I’m still on the fence about this one. Maybe it’s the price that’s holding me back. I bet if it were a dollar less my psychology would enjoy this cigar more.

Just Sayin’

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The Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto represents the company’s first collaboration with another cigar maker and thereby the name Dueto.

“The Dueto as a combination of two different blending philosophies in one cigar: the refined, smooth, Mata Norte-driven profile Agio is known for, and the “elegant robustness” of the EP Carrillo blends. “ – Boris Wintermans

The Balmoral Dueto blend features a wrapper from Jalapa, Nicaragua over a binder from Esteli, Nicaragua. The filler features the signature and exclusive stalk-cut Brazilian Mata Norte that Royal Agio is known for along side fillers from Nicaragua.

This was my first Dueto. I’ve become a fan of the Balmoral Añejo XO
Oscuro since I first tasted it back in October. I had high hope for this cigar.

Once lit, rich sweet notes of dried fruit, earth, and a little pepper, but not as much as the Balmoral Anejo XO Oscuro.

I didn’t detect many or any transitions for most of the way and that didn’t detract from my enjoyment as I was conversing with my table at the time I was smoking this, so my attention was divided.

At the end, I was taken for a creamy smoky ride. I have another one of these and will definitely get another chance at the Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto to complete vetting of my taste buds.

Stay Chill
Stay Smoky

The Experience

Ash: Even
Draw: Perfect
Smoke Output: Thick
Flavor: Earthy
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium
Finish: Long
Value: Fair
Overall Rating (1-5): 3

The Cigar

Coffee: 2
Cream: 2
Earthy: 3
Leather: 2