Erik Espinosa was born in Havana, Cuba and relocated with his family to Miami at the age of 3 months. Being raised in Miami, Erik inherited his passion for cigars from his father. He began working in the cigar industry in 1997 and during the last fifteen years he has been involved in almost every facet of the cigar industry. He has worked in numerous roles with many successful cigar makers, including Alec Bradley, Gurkha, Rocky Patel and Drew Estate.
In 2004, Erik along with his former partner, Eddie Ortega, formed EO Brands, which produced the highly rated cigars 601, Murcielago, Cubao and 601 La Bomba. Always the innovator, when he introduced the Murcielago line, only a handful of cigars makers dared to use a maduro San Andres wrapper in its blends; he was a pioneer in this now frequently used methodology.
For more than a decade Erik has been creating cigars that smokers have come to love. In his next logical progression, La Zona was born in 2012. La Zona now serves an instrument for him to create new blends, re-introduce old ones and add his own flavor along the way. La Zona gives Erik complete autonomy allowing him to do things his way (“A Mi Manera”).
The Espinosa Habano has a creamy brown wrapper that is solid to the touch. It is also oily with a faint pre-light smell. This cigar is very rich looking and aromatic with a small amount of tooth. The cold draw is perfect and there are no soft spots anywhere.
A very slight resistance to the draw allowed a lot of flavorful smoke to hit my palate. There were spices present through the nose. Cedar notes came later, and woody notes were also there, all creating a great spicy aroma. The smoke was really pleasurable and progressed slowly and smoothly with a great burn. The flavors were very well balanced with the right amount of complexity, fitting the Espinosa Habano perfectly.
The Espinosa Habano is an excellent medium-full body with great character. It is a fairly complex cigar with both sweet and spicy notes that are well balanced. Along with its strong construction, great appearance and big flavors, this is a great smoking experience. A tantalizing and vibrant cigar that can be enjoyed anytime!
Myron Gooch Sr.
Time Smoked: 1 hour 55 minutes.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano.
Size: 5” x 50.