Lakewood, CO (Monday, October 10, 2016) –– Cigar Dojo and Espinosa Premium Cigars have teamed up, once again, to offer the sequel to the cult classic Sarsaparilla cigar—Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla II.
From the dusty, cobblestone roads of an undisclosed crossroads of the 19th century, rolls a street peddler. A man poised to introduce Western civilization to the urbane luxuries of the modern era. Among the staple assortment of tonics, elixirs, rudimentary oils and novelties one would expect to find from this traveling monger, lies a savory concoction of a different sort… The untamed West is soon to be acquainted with the intoxicating invigorator known as Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla II.
Much in the same way, cigar enthusiasts were introduced to the Sarsaparilla II’s predecessor in the fall of 2014. This cigar, dubbed Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla, featured a 5½” x 52 belicoso vitola; showcasing such an unusual flavor profile that the cigar would go on to bear its name. The cigars were an early adapter of the now-abundant paper-wrapped bundles, with 10 cigars per pack. A single retailer was selected to carry Sarsaparilla (Famous Smoke Shop), selling over 500 bundles in the first day—eventually depleting the stock within a month. In early 2016, a previously-undiscovered
allotment of 40 bundles of “Sassy” cigars were offered to the public, selling out within minutes.
This was only the precursor to Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla II. The very same, distinctive blend, crafted within the walls of Espinosa’s famed La Zona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, has returned for the highly-anticipated release of Sarsaparilla II. For the cigar’s return, new packaging has been commissioned, showcasing updated artwork for the cigar’s bundles, as well as altered band designs, helping to distinguish the Sarsaparilla II from the original release.
Not only has the presentation been upgraded for the cigar’s long-awaited return—Sarsaparilla II introduces a new size to the series—showcasing a gorgeous 6” x 50 toro vitola. The “unicorn-class” blend of Sarsaparilla has remained intact, offering the same savory, minty, chocolate, licorice, and of course, sarsaparilla essence—all with an added smoking time from the larger vitola. “The original Sarsaparilla is still one of my favorite cigars, and we
get begged by folks to re-release it constantly,” said Eric Guttormson (AKA, “Master Sensei” of Cigar Dojo). “But we didn’t want to simply remake the original, we wanted to make it a unique experience. The new toro size seems to be the perfect fit for the blend and, as always, the Espinosa team nailed it!”
Sarsaparilla II will again be sold exclusively through Famous Smoke Shop. 1,000 bundles of 10 cigars will be offered through their online store on October 21, 2016. Cigars will be rolled-out to members of the Cigar Dojo app and community first, staggering the sale throughout the day, before opening sales up to the general public. Famous Smoke will also be hosting a special event at their Leaf Cigar Bar in Easton, PA the night of the cigar’s release. Erik Espinosa of Espinosa Premium Cigars and Eric “Master Sensei” Guttormson of Cigar Dojo will be in attendance.
“Everywhere we go, all over the country, people always ask if there will be more Sarsaparilla,” said Erik Espinosa—Espinosa Premium Cigars. “It’s amazing how popular the project has become. The new Sarsaparilla is the same blend, but rolled in a new size to highlight the unique tobaccos even more than before.”
The 411 on Sarsaparilla II:
Mexican San Andrés
N/A (Sarsaparilla Blend)
La Zona (Nicaragua)
Limited Edition (1,000 bundles of 10 cigars)
6” × 50 Toro
$89.99 per bundle
October 21, 2016
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