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, during the last 15 years he has been involved in almost every facet of the cigar industry. Working with numerous successful cigar makers such as Alec Bradley, Gurkha, Rocky Patel and Drew Estate; serving as Sales Manager, Independent Broker, In-house Sales Representative and owning his own brick & mortar shop.
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; the rest is history.
For more than a decade Erik has been creating cigars that smokers have come to love, in the next logical progression, in early 2012 La Zona was born. 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. His first solo release, Espinosa Habano, is a solid medium-bodied cigar, that is beautifully crafted and packed with rich cocoa, pepper and cedar flavored notes.
The saying, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”, couldn’t be more true in the case of Erik D. Espinosa, Jr. Erik Jr. grew up amongst the aroma of cigar smoke and strong Cuban coffee that is synonymous with the Miami cigar culture. Erik Jr. started his career in the business by working on the retail side in local cigar stores in Miami. He has furthered his experience by being both a fixture at Erik Sr.’s events and at the tasting table at La Zona factory in Esteli. He has provided perspective and a younger generations point of view on the industry and what attracts a younger consumer. Cigars are a family affair, and watching and learning has allowed this young man to blossom into an integral part of Espinosa Cigars. Currently, Erik Jr. runs the day to day warehouse operations at Espinosa Cigars.