JC Newman

February 17, 2024

Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich 56 (6 x 56)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

Espinosa Premium Cigar has announced the Knuckle Sandwich 56. This is a limited edition cigar to commemorate the birthday of Knuckle Sandwich Cigars’ Guy Fieri. This is the second year in a row that a birthday cigar was released for Fieri.

The Knuckle Sandwich 56 features a San Andres wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and fillers. The cigar comes in one size – a 6 x 56 Toro Oval (a box-press with an oval shape). The 56-ring gauge is a nod to the fact that it commemorates Fieri’s 56th birthday (which took place on Monday, January 22, 2024). The cigars come in ten-count boxes and are priced $16.00 SRP per cigar. Production comes from AJ Fernandez’s San Lotano factory in Ocotal, Nicaragua.

“Last year, we wanted to do something special for Guy’s birthday, so we produced this blend and made only 555 boxes as a token for Guy.  We had no idea the impact this cigar was going to have. It immediately sold out, becoming one of our most coveted unicorn cigars ever, with customers still asking for it to this day. We always want to keep our customers happy, so we decided to continue the tradition.“

Blend and Origin

Wrapper: San Andres Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: San Lotano

Vitolas Offered

Toro Oval: 6 x 56

The cigar is quite dark and has an oval shape.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus, pear, brown sugar, hints of toffee, a little black coffee, and quite a bit of dark chocolate. There was black pepper rated at 8. Nice sweet, dark start.

At the first third (27 minutes) I had the same notes and they're mixing very well together. They combine into one massive flavor. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is black coffee and dark chocolate with very good lingering black pepper. This cigar is similar to the Knuckle Sandwich 55 at this point. I rated the first third 95.

As I moved through the second third (1 hour) the brown sugar and toffee are very elevated. The citrus is very light and I no longer have the pear. The dark chocolate is the primary lower level note with light black coffee. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is dark chocolate and toffee with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar changed a little but it remains very nice. Different highlighted notes but just as good. I held the score of 95.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 23 minutes. The cigar has morphed into brown sugar as the primary sweet note and light toffee. For the lower notes there were dark chocolate and elevated black coffee. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged from the last segment. The elevated black coffee got in the way just a touch. I rated the final third 94.This is a very good cigar and maybe a tick better than the 55, primarily due to 2/3 being very sweet and it's a longer cigar. Grab these while you can.

Overall Score: 94.67

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