Size: 5 x 50 ( Robusto )
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: ~ $3.00 USD each – $50 for bundle of 20
Behind The Stick:
It has never been said that the Tobacco industry is one that is stagnant or one where vendors and manufacturers operate separately – in reality the exact opposite is true and the Espinosas Double E is a cigar that is breed out of this melting pot we call the Cigar Industry. Like many of the others, Erik Espinosa was born in Havana, Cuba and although his family moved to Miami when he was only 3 months old he has been a cigar smoker for 24 years and in the business for over 12. From working at local mom and pop cigar shops to being half owner of E.O. Brands and creating many loved cigars such as the 601 and Cubao – there has been much growth and change within his time in the industry. Changes from Miami Cigar to Rocky Patel’s distribution lines, band changes upon changes upon changes and then of course Eddie branching off and creating his own brand – Erik had decided to follow suit and do the same.
No doubt using his experience, connections and talents, Erik Espinosa has created a cigar he has dubbed the “E Doble” (Double E for his name ) which is being produced in 6 different vitolas at some very competitive pricing – sometimes on par with certain bundle cigars. I know there are other copyrighted names on the table but I have not seen or heard any other specifics on his other cigars at this time. Enough of that though – lets get onto the review of Erik Espinosas’s Double E!
Even if I didn’t put this into the ‘bundle’ category of cigars, this is a very well made stick! The dark, oily wrapper easily clung to the length of the cigar – showing no signs of blemishes, soft spots or any other issues. The cigar itself is packed evenly from head to foot with just the slightest bit of give at the end. Cap cut easily, cigar lit quickly and I didn’t have a single burn correction – especially for the price, this is a damn good start!
If you are a fan of Nicaraguan tobacco but are looking for something a little more ‘unique’ then look no further! The classic earth, chocolate and leather notes definitely get right into action from the start, while this thick, sugary type flavor seemed to loom in the background. As I started to pay more attention to this sweet sensation, I was greeted with another unique but enjoyable punch – this one of black black pepper that seemed to rest in the back of my sinuses when I retrohaled. Not overpowering but damn close. This earth, coffee, leather, spice and sweetness is easily the ‘core’ to the cigar while the last third of this cigars life the flavors seriously dipped into a dark earth, espresso and borderline harsh leather flavor completely void of spice and sweetness.
For us full body smokers, its not often that you can find a cigar – yet alone a puro – that provides the complexity we demand with the price we want all while having some ‘special’ aspects to it. If you like the higher medium end of the spectrum and have not crossed into the full body smokes, this is a cigar I would recommend you going with to ‘test the waters’ so to speak. The price is right, the flavors are ‘classic’ with a modern revision ( good spice and good sweetness ) and they are produced by a well known and respected name/company. Bundle purchase? Shit – for 50 bucks and 20 cigars its hard NOT to recommend them!
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