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Cigar Review: Espinosa Cigars Laranja Reserva

This year Espinosa Cigars relased the Laranja Reserva. Laranja is the Portuguese word for orange, the same name of the wrapper of this cigar that hails from Brazil. The wrapper is said to have a slight orange hue to it. The Laranja Reserva is manufactured Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The Laranja Reserva comes with an MSRP of $9.90-10.90. I had the pleasure of meeting Fernando, Espinosa Cigars’ National Sales Manager at a local shop (Underground Cigar Shop in Fort Worth, TX) and had a great chat with him. You could really tell that there was a passion for cigars and tobacco from Espinosa Cigars. This cigar was graciously provided by Fernando and Espinosa Cigars.

Vitolas: The Laranja Reserva is currently available in three vitolas, a Corona Gorda at 5 5/8 x 46 a Robusto Extra at 5 1/2 x 54, and a Toro at 6 x 52. All vitolas come in 20 count boxes.

Blend: Wrapper: Brazilian Laranja

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Appearance: The Laranja Reserva Corona Gorda does seem to have a bit of an orange tint to the wrapper, this is also set off by and possible due to the bright orange colors of the band and the orange ribbon on the foot, which I am a fan of due to the protection it provides to the foot of the cigar. The cigar did have a few spots on the wrapper that were possibly from water. The cigar appeared well put together and featured a beautiful triple cap.

Pre-Light: The pre-light brought an earthy tobacco note from the wrapper and foot. The dry draw showed an earthy note as well with just a hint of spice.

1st Third: Once lit, the Laranja Reserva opened with a shot of cinnamon spice right out of the gate. After a few minutes the spice began to settle down and notes licorice began to mix nicely with the cinnamon. As the first third progressed the licorice notes began to intensify and take the lead. The burn on the first third was slightly off, although I consider that amazing as I smoked this cigar in 20-30mph wind gusts.

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2nd Third: As I smoked my way into the second third of the cigar it began to transition to a profile of earth and a slight citrus note. In the second I really picked up the rich flavors of the tobacco. Toward the end I began to get some hints of oak. The burn of the cigar was still preforming quiet well in the Texas winds.

Last Third: Moving into the final chapter of the Laranja Reserva I started to get a baking spice note, very reminiscent of the cinnamon from the opening, as well as the licorice note. All of this mixed with the oak and citrus that was in the second third and made for a very complex smoking experience. The flavors all balance well and none seemed to dominate over another.

Construction: (A+) The construction of the Laranja Reserva was on par with what you expect from La Zona.

Burn: (A) I consider an A rating to absolutely phenomenal considering the wind that this cigar fought, only minor touch ups were needed and no relights were required, ever after setting the cigar down for several minutes.

Final Assessment: I believe that this cigar is a solid offering from Espinosa cigars, a great addition to the line. The cigar was full flavored and a solid medium strength. I think that this cigar is one that could easily satisfy any veteran cigar smoker and was created with the cigar smoker in mind.

Rating: (BOX WORTHY) I can easily rate this cigar box worthy as it is right now but also because I see great aging potential in it. The Laranja Reserva is going to be a knock out I feel with 6 months or so.

-Brandon K.

brandon@thecigarnut.com

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