JC Newman

October 29, 2022

Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

Espinosa Premium Cigars is also celebrating its 10th anniversary with the aptly named Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary cigar.

“Erik isn’t big about his industry milestones, but me and Erik Jr. are, so we wanted to make yet another special cigar, to celebrate the company’s 10th year in the industry,” said Héctor J. Alfonso, director of operations for Espinosa Premium Cigars.

It is also a 6 x 52 toro, but is a Nicaraguan puro highlighted by a hybrid habano seed wrapper, and is being produced at AJ Fernandez’s San Lotano factory in Ocotal, Nicaragua. Production is limited to 1,500 boxes of 20 cigars, a total run of 30,000 cigars. Pricing is set at $13 per cigar and $260 per box.

“It is hard to believe that it has already been 10 years,” said Erik Espinosa in a press release. “We have come such a long way from where we first started; in a little 800 square foot warehouse, without a single cigar to sell, but here we are. I am very proud of what my team and I have been able to accomplish.”

The cigar is well made and has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus, cedar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light leather. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. A very nice start.

At the first third (30 minutes) I had the same notes but different percentages. The nutmeg made a big move up. There's actually more nutmeg than leather. The sweet notes suffer because of the increased nutmeg. The finish is a hint of citrus and leather with good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The start was fantastic but the increased nutmeg has hurt the first third. I rated it 93. Still good but not as good as the start.

Moving through the second third (55 minutes) the nutmeg pulled back. It's more of a normal level now. Now I have those nice citrus, cedar, brown sugar, and cinnamon notes again with a nice level of nutmeg and leather. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. Now the cigar is very nice. The first third could have been a blip. Don't know. But the cigar is very good now. I rated the second third 95.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 13 minutes. The intense sweetness dropped just a bit. Still nice but not quite as intense as the second third. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. After a somewhat slow start the cigar rebounded nicely. The final third dipped just a bit but this is a very good cigar. I rated the final third 94.

Overall Score: 94

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