CIGAR DOJO SARSAPARILLA CIGAR ANNOUNCED
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CIGAR DOJO SARSAPARILLA CIGAR ANNOUNCED
Hialeah Gardens, Florida (September 17, 2014) –Sarsaparilla was very popular drink in the old west and was often believed to be a remedy for a number of health conditions. Sarsaparilla remains popular to this day because of its distinct and complex flavor.
Eric Guttormson, AKA Master Sensei, owner and operator of the popular Cigar Dojo app, has collaborated with Erik Espinosa from Espinosa Premium Cigars to create a cigar that pays homage to the warm, full, complex flavor of the old-west Sarsaparilla.
Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla is a 5.5” x 52 Belicoso cigar that is draped in a gorgeous San Andreas maduro wrapper and filled with a secret blend of some of the most flavorful and interesting tobacco you will ever smoke. Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla is a full-bodied, complex cigar with just enough strength to balance the intense flavors.
“We wanted to come up with a cigar that had a unique flavor. We wanted a cigar that took the cigar smoker through a journey from start to finish. We wanted a cigar that evolves as you smoke it”, stated Sensei.
He continued, “It’s easy to get a cigar produced, but we were not looking to create just any cigar, we wanted a full-flavored cigar that would grab your attention and not let go – which is why we are working with Erik Espinosa and the guys at the La Zona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. They produce the full-flavored types of cigars we were shooting for, so it was the perfect match.”
Erik Espinosa added, “Working with the Dojo crew is great, they came to us with a vision of bold flavor and bold flavor is what we do best. Creating a cigar that evolves as you smoke it is an art form and I think we really created something unique with the Sarsaparilla.”
Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla will be a limited run of 10-count bundles and sold online exclusively through Famous Smoke Shop in Pennsylvania. 10 pack bundles of Sarsaparilla will retail for $79.00 and will be available to the members of the CigarDojo app first in early November and then opened up to the general public shortly after.
Warhead II Returns This Summer
We are proud to announce that the 601 La Bomba Warhead will be back in a new vitola and transformed packaging for this year’s IPCPR. Coming off last year’s successful debut of the 601 La Bomba Warhead, Espinosa returns with the 2014 release known as Warhead II.
Warhead II measures 5-1/2 inches by 56 ring gauge and is semi-box pressed with the familiar fuse-like pig tail that is found on the 601 La Bomba line. They carry a suggested retail value of $10.95 or $109.50 for a box. “A Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper will cover binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. Although the Warhead II will have the same strength and flavor profile as the original, the blend was tweaked a bit due to the scarcity of tobacco used in this special release. We are planning on making Warhead an annual release and keeping it limited in production.” said Erik Espinosa.
Warhead II is limited to 2,000 boxes of 10 and the packaging is again inspired by several themes in the World War II era. Just like its predecessor, when unraveled, the foot band on the cigar is revealed to be in the form of a bomb. This “bomb” features nose art or aircraft graffiti, which was common in this era. Warhead II is again sporting the familiar shark-face and the “Kilroy was here” character. “We plan on altering the artwork of the packaging for each annual release to give each release its own unique appeal. This year the box is silver and the band has a grey camouflage background.” said Anthony Jimenez, Creative Director for Espinosa Premium Cigars.
The 601 La Bomba line was first introduced in 2011 and is considered to be one of the strongest and full flavored cigars in the market.
Espinosa Cigar Night with the Florida Panthers
Cigars, Unlimited Food/Beer/Wine, & Hockey… What more could you want? Join us Tuesday, April 8th at the BB&T Center for a Florida Panthers Pre-Game Espinosa Smoke Night. 6:00-7:30 PM at Duffy’s Sky Club.
The Florida Panthers vs. Philadelphia Flyers – Puck drop at 7:30.
Hosted by the Florida Panthers, Erik Espinosa and the Espinosa Cigars Crew, and Smoke Inn Cigars.
$85.00 Package Includes:
- 5 cigar sampler from Espinosa Premium Cigars
- Unlimited Beer, Wine & Soda
- Unlimited Food
- Duffy’s Sky Club Ticket
- Complimentary parking
For more info and to purchase tickets, please contact Roland Nadeau at 954-835-7332 – Nadeau@floridapanthers.com
Sake Bomb Dropping Soon
On the March 13, 2014, Erik Espinosa announced on Cigar Dojo’s Smoke Night LIVE that we will be adding a 6th vitola to the 601 La Bomba line. The Sake Bomb is a small 4.5×42 inch stick that’s designed to give you that La Bomba ZING even when you don’t have time to smoke a full sized cigar.
“We wanted to create a small cigar that packs a punch,” said Anthony Jimenez of Espinosa Premium Cigars. “So going with the bomb theme, we called it the Sake Bomb.”
The Sake Bomb will come in 10 count boxes and should be ready to ship early May 2014. Pricing is still being finalized.
UPDATE: The 601 La Bomba Sake Bomb will have a suggested retail price of $6.75 per cigar and is expected to start shipping to retailers on May 12th, 2014.
You can catch Erik’s announcement in the first few minutes of the following video.
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Casas Fumando Review of Espinosa Habano
First thing first, I want to wish a very happy birthday to the woman who brought me into this world. Happy Birthday, Mom!
Last week, Daniel reviewed the La Zona Habano by Espinosa Cigars. Today, I bring to you another offering from Espinosa Cigars, the Espinosa Habano. The Espinosa Habano is Erik Espinosa’s first cigar to come out of his La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua and is available in four vitolas: Robusto (5 by 50), Toro (6 by 52), Belicoso (5 1/2 by 52) and Trabuco (6 by 60).
The Casas Fumando team has reviewed a couple of Espinosa’s new offerings, as well as a few cigars that carried over from his previous company, EO Brands. The reviews can be found here:
The Facts Samples Provided by Espinosa Cigars Vitola: Robusto Size: 5 by 50 Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Pairing: Water Smoke time: 1 Hour and 35 Minutes
The Espinosa Habano sports a primary band and a secondary foot band. The color choice and design on the primary band makes it very unique and, while not my favorite band, very eye catching. The foot band has the name of the factory where the Espinosa Habano is produced, La Zona. The medium brown wrapper is consistent in color and, other than a couple of medium size veins, the wrapper is very smooth and packed firmly from head to foot.
The aroma off the Habano wrapper is of tobacco, mild pepper, and a faint cedar. The foot comes across much richer but of the same aromas. The triple cap clips easily leaving a small crack running a half inch up. The draw is perfect. After fighting the draw on last week’s Cardinal Maduro, I am looking forward to this. A spice is left on my lips, and the cold draw brings out tobacco and a clove-like flavor.
The foot band slides off with ease. The first thing I notice is the mouth feel of the smoke. I was completely blindsided by this. The smoke is full and creamy, and coats the entire mouth with each puff. The profile has a rich, cedar core with pepper and a spice tingle at the back of the throat. The finish is somewhat dry of toasted cedar. The thick eyeliner burn is producing an ash, which is white on the outer edge, but the filler ash is much darker. A copious amount of smoke fills my mouth on the draw and blue smoke is pumping out while resting. A quick touch-up was required to get a small portion of the wrapper to burn. The flaky ash held strong for over an inch before tumbling into the ashtray. Flavors are medium/full and the strength is a steady medium.
A crack has formed down the wrapper leaf which runs approximately an inch and a half. The flavors have not evolved much from the first third. Unlike the pencil shaving, cedar flavor I have become accustomed to in other cigars, this is a rich, sweet cedar that is extremely enjoyable. The spice in the mouth has become faint, but as I push it through my nasal passage I am hit with a pepper and hot, spice blast. The finish now has an added element of cocoa. I am still experiencing minor burn issues, which seem to be a result of the cracked wrapper that has pulled away from the rest of the cigar.
I just can’t get over the mouth feel of the smoke. The chewy, creamy smoke compliments the sweet cedar profile. There are some notes hiding in the background that I can’t put my finger on but they are in the area of a caramel or cocoa flavor. The finish has become toasty, with some black coffee and a hint of bitterness. The retrohale is intense and wonderful, showcasing the Nicaraguan pepper that I love . With another touch-up, I have finally surpassed the crack in the wrapper on the Espinosa Habano. The burn has become razor sharp, which confirms that the crack was causing the previous burn issues. Another crack has formed at the cap. Flavors remain medium/full and the strength is borderline full.
I was not aware of how delicate the Habano wrapper was on the Espinosa Habano, and to say the least, I did not take the best care of the cigar this past weekend. Due to having my travel case under filled, I believe the cigars may have been bouncing around a little too much. All in all, the wrapper crack and related burn issues were not a major annoyance. When a cigar is delivering in the areas of flavor, body, and strength, I am more than willing to touch up a cigar a couple of times. The cigar was not overly complex but it hit the spot for me. Espinosa Habano cigars can be picked up at Smoke Inn for a price of $6 to $7, which makes this an easy buy in my book. These sticks must be flying off the shelves because the only vitola remaining in stock is the Trabuco (6 by 60). So grab them while you can and let us know what you think of the cigar.
Cigar Dojo 601 Red Label Habano Review
After cutting and toasting the first thing I noticed was the incredible draw. Right off the bat tons of satisfying smoke with little effort on my part. It was at that moment that I gained the attention of my entire party and stated… “this is going to be really, really good”. It was love at first draw. The Red Label has a spice similar to the Espinosa Habano but the Red Label is more peppery, I guess it’s that pepper note that distinguishes it from the Espinosa Habano. You might say the Red Label emphasizes the pepper while the Espinosa Habano emphasizes the spices. White pepper mixed with the subtle yet fulfilling Espinosa spices that (in a nutshell) is the tale of the tape for the 601 Red Label cigar. Every cigar smoker has a flavor profile that fits their tastes and for whatever reason the Espinosa stuff is right in my wheel-house.
The burn on the Red Label was not exactly razor sharp and the ash wasn’t pure white but I wasn’t complaining because the flavor and voluminous smoke was holding my attention just fine. I never once needed to touch up nor relight the cigar which allowed me to relax and focus on the task at hand… enjoying this great cigar. The strength on the 601 was medium to full yet the flavor was full which might be my favorite combination.
Occasionally I would pick up some leathery aged tobacco flavors but for the most part the 601 stayed the same flavor profile all the way to the nub which was a white pepper with a nice subtle spice finish. I paired the 601 with a glass of Knob Creek bourbon and that combination was stellar. The peppery spice of the cigar melted into the oaky sweetness of the bourbon in a whirlwind of deliciousness.
Would I smoke the 601 Red Label again? Are you kidding me? As soon as I was done with this one I ordered a 5-pack of these babies because I love them. Which brings up another great point, these cigars are extremely affordable. You can get the 601 Red Label for under $5 retail and they are often on sale for as little as $70 for a box of 20 which reduces the stick price to $3.50 – now THAT is a bargain my friends.