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Friday, March 6, 2020

Espinosa Cigars Warzone in Review

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”

Espinosa Warzone

WRAPPER: Cameroon
BINDER: Honduran
FILLER: Colombian, Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: La Zona Cigar Factory, Estelí, Nicaragua


Cedar | Toffee | Cocoa butter

Those primaries are driven on ahead by a white peppercorn made mostly smooth in a roasted cream. Cedar is dominant... a toasted & seasoned woodiness. Remember the old Skor bars? That -- as chocolate sidles in mid 1/3. Cocoa butter chugs along, first forming complexities w/ said chocolate, then finding cream @ 'round midpoint. 

Middlings are a subtle cacophony if there's such a thing. There/here, the profile seems complicated more than complex. Some pale exotic spice melange, cardamom, cereal grains, chicken coop -- fustily-so. A bit dusty but all-told bright. Underbelly sees some terra cotta clay earthiness w/ suede laid out over-top. Sweet -- a tick of nougat rises up toward middlings.

You're right, I do pen the best cigar reviews. thx Thru the nose is sharper than pleasant but the reward is a neat sweet spice dropping to the palate & carrying on into a creamy body. Finish includes a poultry meatiness & primary notes as mentioned. Moderate legs. Aroma is a dry 'baccy sweetness with a pointed spice kicker. 

Burns on an even line. Ash grows firm, dark & collects at a nice pace. Shows some decent tooth. Draw is excellent. Cap & seams hold fast. Smoke out-put wriggles around avg. and voluminous at different points. All told a pleasant yet wayward profile which seems wrangled together in a rustic manner. Nuances suffer on account of notes flitting about instead of entrenching. The complexity v. cacophony angle is real here, real as the struggle. We all have issues -- but don't be a dick. This cigar ain't a dick. Sorry, Freud. 

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

::: very :::