JC Newman

March 05, 2023

Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich 55 (5 1/2 x 55)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

Guy Fieri is celebrating his 55th birthday and he will do so with a limited edition cigar made for the occasion.

Knuckle Sandwich Cigars—the joint project between Fieri, the Food Network celebrity chef, and Espinosa Premium Cigars—is releasing the Knuckle Sandwich 55 to celebrate the occasion. It is a new 5 1/2 x 55 robusto extra made in a shape that is rounded more akin to an oval than a circle. Blend-wise, the Knuckle Sandwich 55 uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua. Like the other Knuckle Sandwich cigars, it is made at AJ Fernandez’s San Lotano Factory in Ocotal, Nicaragua.

The MSRP is set at $15 per cigar and production is limited to 555 boxes of 10 cigars.

“Guy wanted to do something special for his birthday, what better gift than a special cigar made for a special occasion,” said Erik Espinosa of Espinosa Premium Cigars. “As luck would have it, this limited release coincides with the one-year anniversary of the launch of Knuckle Sandwich Cigars. We are both very proud of the success and reviews it has garnered in its first year.”

The cigar is very dark and well made. You can see it's an oval shape.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus peel, pear, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and black coffee. There was massive black pepper rated at 8 to 8 1/2. Very good start.

At the first third (26 minutes) I got hints of toffee instead of brown sugar. There was citrus peel, pear, toffee, dark chocolate, and black coffee. The black pepper has toned down to between 7 1/2 and 8. The finish is dark chocolate and black coffee with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. This is a very good dark noted cigar with plenty of sweet notes. And there's some power, at medium to full bodied. I rated the first third 95. 

Moving through the second third (54 minutes) there is a little more coffee with a slight earthiness. The notes are now pear, citrus peel, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and elevated earthy black coffee. The sweet notes slightly decreased with the increase in black coffee. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The cigar continues to be very good. I rated the second third 94.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 18 minutes. There is a lot of brown sugar now. Not toffee, but brown sugar. There are still elevated earthy black coffee notes. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is very good. Dark noted with plenty of sweetness. I held the score of 94.

Overall Score: 94.33

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