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Rafael Nodal Speaks on the Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55

We were able to reach Boutique Blends Cigars brand owner Rafael Nodal on his way to Miami this morning and he took a few moments out of his busy schedule to talk to us about the Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Concerto, Cigar Aficionado’s #2 cigar of 2013.

Rafael was  honored and grateful when he heard the announcement that the Quattro had been named #2 on this year’s list. He expressed that after working tirelessly for many years to be recognized as producer of the world’s best small-batch cigars it was a great satisfaction to see all of his hard work culminate in this year’s nomination. Nodal has always stood behind his philosophy of producing cigars of the highest quality with a careful balance of flavor, aroma, and strength, and has always known that the Quattro F55 was a “special” cigar.

The Quattro F55’s wrapper leaf is one not often found on premium cigars, a Sumatra leaf grown in Indonesia. While Sumatra-seed wrappers are commonly used on premiums sold in the U.S., the tobaccos are typically grown in Ecuador. The Boutique Blends crew discovered a batch of authentic Sumatra leaves while tobacco scouting in Germany. The leaves that would eventually become the Quattro’s wrapper had been sitting in the warehouse of a German cigar producer since 2003. Nodal knew right away he had found something unique, and went to work right away finding the perfect combination of aged Dominican leaves to compliment the extraordinary wrapper. After extensive blend testing Nodal finally achieved the level of well-balanced, sophisticated taste he was aiming for and the Quattro F55 was born.

The cigar-maker spoke of the humbling experience it was to see his creation on the list alongside the most celebrated brands in the world such as Cohiba and Padron,

Boutique Blends CEO Rafael Nodal with BestCigarPrices COO Greg Fox and Rafael Nodal Jr. (L to R)

especially considering how affordable the Aging Room cigar is compared to the majority of its “Top 25” peers. The ever-determined Nodal also noted that being awarded the #2 spot on this years list has only added fuel to the fire of his quest, as it has always been his goal to create the #1 cigar in the world.

As a company who has worked closely with Rafael and his team since the beginning, we were extremely proud and excited to see the Quattro F55 rank so highly on the list. The news came right on the very day that we sent our latest catalog to print with our exclusive Six Zero by Boutique Blends on the cover. Rafael applied his winning formula to the creation of Six Zero to provide us with a clean, cool-burning smoke with unique character and a pleasing combination of aroma and strength that was blended under the same philosophy as the Aging Room cigars. Needless to say, Six Zero couldn’t have come along at a better time.

We extend our deepest and most sincere congratulations to Rafael Nodal and Boutique Blends Cigars for this phenomenal accomplishment, and we look forward to working with them for many years to come as they continue to innovate and create excellent cigars with the preferences of modern smokers in mind. We’re sure that the Quattro F55 is only the beginning of what we can expect from the dedicated team at Boutique Blends.