The Wintermans family has been in the cigar industry for over 100 years, starting when Jaques Wintermans borrowed 200 Dutch guilders (currency of the Netherlands) from his father to found a small cigar company in 1904. He created what was then named A.Wintermans & Sons. In the 1950s, the company changed its name to Agio Cigars and has since become one of the largest cigar makers in the world.
In 2014, the 4th generation CEO of Royal Agio Cigars, Boris Wintermans, created Balmoral Cigars—a premium, hand-rolled cigar company that produces their cigars in the Dominican Republic. This is a change for Royal Agio, a company that has historically focused on machine-made cigars for the European market. Balmoral's premium blends focus on a smaller and more boutique market, using high-grade tobacco and highly skilled rollers in the company's Agio Caribbean Tobacco Company factory in the DR.
Balmoral focuses on aged tobaccos with a sophisticated balance of complexity and smoothness in their multiple premium lines, such as the Añejo series (including the Anejo 18, the Anejo XO, the Anejo XO Connecticut and the Anejo XO Oscuro). These Añejo cigars focuse on rare, aged tobaccos, while the Signature series is a collaborative effort between Balmoral and Ernesto Perez Carrillo.
Balmoral cigars believes "Curiosity Drives Discovery." In other words, smoke a Balmoral and you will discover an unexpected, fine-tuned smoking experience.