Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro cigars are the highly-anticipated follow-up to the Laranja Reserva cigar, which Cigar Aficionado named the No.13 cigar of 2015. So it’s a tough act to follow, but those are always exciting, especially when a master blender you’ve come to trust is behind the sequel. Speaking of Erik Espinosa, he stated the cigar was first teased at their annual La Zona Palooza event in 2018, and the response was so overwhelmingly positive that he couldn’t wait to get it into the hands of retailers.
A few things that differentiate Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro cigars from the original are the wrapper and where they manufacture the stogies. Laranja is Portuguese for “orange,” as the original line is named for its orange-hued Brazilian Laranja wrapper. The Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro cigars traded this leaf for the darker Brazillian Mata Fina. Escuro translates to “dark,” and just like that, the cigar has the perfect name.
The other thing that separates these follow-up cigars is rather than rolling them at Espinosa’s La Zona factory, production takes place at A.J. Fernandez’s stellar factory in Nicaragua. Since there are two heavy hitters, Espinosa and Fernandez, involved in producing this cigar, it’s safe to say the experience will be off the charts.
These box-pressed cigars run on an unflinching blend of Nicaraguan long-fillers and binder. A great-looking dark Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper thoughtfully covers this blend. With everything firing on all cylinders, you’ll taste sweetness, espresso, and cocoa. This medium-full strength stick gives you a chance to see first-hand the dark side of the moon orange.
Please enjoy Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro cigars at your leisure.