Héctor J Alfonso Sr of Espinosa Cigars at IPCPR 2019.
About Espinosa Cigars.
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”).