April 10, 2016

Espinosa Especial No. 4 (5 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The Espinosa Especial is a new line launched by Espinosa Cigars in 2015. The line made its debut at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show. For this particular line, the company turns to a wrapper that it is very familiar with -Mexican San Andres.

Blend Profile:

In addition to the Mexican Capa Negra wrapper, the binder and fillers are comprised of Nicaraguan tobaccos from the four main growing regions of Nicaragua (Esteli, Jalapa, Condega, and Ometepe).

Wrapper: Mexican Capa Negra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Tabacalera La Zona SA)

Vitolas Available:

The Espinosa Especial is currently available in three sizes.  The cigars are packaged in ten count boxes.

No. 1: 6 1/2 x 48
No. 4: 5 x 52
No. 5: 6 x 54

The foot of the cigar:

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were black coffee, earth, sweet cedar, white chocolate, and black pepper rated at a 7 1/2 to 8. The white chocolate and coffee notes are the predominant notes with the cedar being secondary.

One inch in the flavors are about like they started but there is now a touch of butter and some brown sugar on the white chocolate. The cedar notes are faint with the coffee notes heavy. There is a touch of earthiness; not much, and the pepper is definitely an 8. The finish is a toasted cream with a generous amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. 

At the midpoint the only thing different is the white chocolate notes are sweeter. There is still a touch of butter and brown sugar. The cedar notes are still faint. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged but it is also sweeter. The lingering pepper on the finish has improved.

As the cigar ended the cedar notes came out the best they have been. It is a dry cedar and very sweet. The white chocolate notes are now secondary. The butter is faint and there is a touch of the brown sugar. The coffee notes are still very good. The pepper remained very good and maintained an 8 rating. The pepper on the finish continued to increase. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied. This was a very good cigar with interesting flavors. I liked the white chocolate notes a lot and when it changed to a sweet, dry cedar I also enjoyed those. Espinosa Cigars has really stepped up their game. Very good cigar.

Score: 92

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