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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Espinosa Cigars Laranja Reserva Escuro in Review

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”

Espinosa Laranja
Reserva Escuro

WRAPPER: Brazilian Mata Fina
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Corona Larga (646) box press
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
STRENGTH: Medium-Full


Dark Chocolate | Baking spices | Cuban coffee.

Dark chocolate, richly. Fully. An accompanying fudge brownie. Nutmeg, cloves, & cinnamon are as much on the pleasantly pungent body as they are in its flavor. Thick. Dense. Girthy. Molasses seems churned out from a natty 'baccy & roastedly-so. Mingles ::: very ::: w/ The composted earth middlings. In there is some anise, a bit of red/purple fruit syrup ebbs & flows.

Holding it all up from its nethers is more earthiness... topsoil. A potting soil. Manure. Delivered on a supple leather note. Topped there by a Cuban coffee which wraps around to envelop the profile. This is a cigar I could smoke every day. Black pepper comes in & circles about with a saltiness trailing behind. Supremely balanced. Moderately complex but deeply, deeply nuanced. Finish is a long-legged primary lingering w/ a cola attachment.

Draws well & even, but at the end of 1/3 a bit of short-leaf crumb rolls out from cap. Leaves it oddly concave. Still a good draw. Box-press is a mild one which rounds a 1/4" ahead of char. Burn-line is even -- dead even. Pacing is languid. Smoke out-put is voluminous & culminates in a sweet dark earthiness w/ kindly pepper-spice kick. Leathery. A profile that wraps you up pleasantly, meditatively.

A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::