Team Cigar Review: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

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Cigar Details: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Hybrid Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: San Lotano
  • Blender: Hector Alfonso
  • Price: $13.00
  • Release Date: September 2022
  • Source: Developing Palates via Corona Cigar Co.

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary is light brown and has a few raised veins present. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. The band is similar to the one used on the Crema and it denotes the company and line name. The aroma from the wrapper is lightly damp cedar and earth while the foot brings some oak and light tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw brings lightly creamy and airy cedar.
Seth: Finished with a dark Natural wrapper, the Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary has a fine gritty texture with medium sized veins throughout. Firm in hand. Aromas of leather, spices, dry wood and sweet spices.
John: The Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with an integrated tear space so it remains intact when the cellophane is opened. The cigar has a single ‘Espinosa Ten Year’ band on it. Aromas from the cigar included bread, sweet wood and mild barnyard. From the foot, I was picking out sweet hay and wood.
Jiunn: The Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary has an even shaded Colorado wrapper coloration. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is capped and wrapped well. Aromas from the wrapper tell an intense combination of cedar and barnyard. Aromas from the foot give a sweet and spicy mixture of black pepper spice and mixed nuts. Cold draws reveal cedar, hay and a hint of flowers.

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and a pretty full black pepper. At a quarter inch in, some earth joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the black pepper has mellowed a bit, but is still a primary player. The retrohale is an even mix of toasted cedar and black pepper with some earth a bit behind. At an inch and a quarter, the toasted cedar is becoming a bit dry. As the third wraps up, the profile is toasted cedar that is dry up front, with black pepper just behind and earth a little further behind. The strength was medium-full.
Seth: The first third starts out with white pepper notes that are paired with some barnyard and leather qualities. Toasty and woody. Dark chocolate and sweet spice notes present on the finish. Sharp spice. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first few puffs are flavors of mild, earthy spices, sweet wood and finishing with hay that lingers into the post draw. Through the retrohale, the spices are intensified to medium strength, primarily creamy nutmeg. As the cigar progresses, medium-plus pepper settles into the post draw, as bread joins the retrohale.
Jiunn: The first third begins with the familiar Espinosa style of dried red pepper spice hit. The pepper is well melded by meatiness, dried mixed nuts, general scorched char and cedar. Retrohaling gives a nice wallop of nostril stinging dried red pepper spice. On the same spice front, it does a good job of carrying it through on the finish, being lengthy on the tongue and rear palate. Strength is medium-full and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the pepper mellows slightly while the earth moves up to become even with it. At a half inch in, the toasted cedar transitions to a light char. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with light black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the profile is lightly charred cedar up front with earth and black pepper a bit behind. The strength remained at medium-full.
Seth: The second third is in line with that of the first and I am picking up white pepper, wood and leather notes. Not as much chocolate as the first third, but the sweet, sharp spices are present on the finish. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Medium strength spices lead off here, with lingering wood to follow. Mildly dry wood takes home in the center of the profile. As the second third progresses, bread returns to the retrohale, mixing with the wood already present. The profile settles into a combination of creamy bread, mildly spicy wood and a mild, dry wood into the post draw.
Jiunn: The second third is unchanged. Still a familiar Espinosa style of dried red pepper spice, meatiness, mixed nuts, scorched char and cedar. Strength and body remains medium-full and medium, respectively.

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the char level increases a bit. At a half inch in, the char level is fairly high and brings some bitterness with it. The retrohale is now lightly charred cedar, earth and light black pepper. At an inch in, the earth is now even with the charred cedar up front. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is charred cedar and earth up front with black pepper in the middle and light bitterness in the background. The strength remained at medium-full.
Seth: The final third is in line with that of the second. Sharp spices with some wood, pepper and leather qualities. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Sweet, creamy wood starts the last third, with mild, spicy wood carrying into the post draw. Some delayed dry wood joins after a few puffs in. Approaching the halfway point, earth is present through the finish. There is an earth accent note as the cigar progresses, and the wood moves to the front of the profile.
Jiunn: The final third moved the scorched char up front and at the same time, hollows out the flavors. The other notes of meatiness, mixed nuts and cedar are becoming a distant past. Strength and body finishes the same medium-full and medium.

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Very good draw from start to finish.
John: The burn was straight to start, becoming offset by the halfway point, eventually requiring a touch-up to intervene. The burn was uneven through the second third, but self corrected. No issues through the final third.
Jiunn: The burn performance was great. Overall even burn, cool burning temperature and good smoke production.

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance I prefer.
Seth: Great burn throughout.
John: The draw was at most a half notch towards the resistant spectrum, putting it well inside the range for a perfect draw.
Jiunn: The draw was perfect, giving the ideal air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and a pretty full black pepper. Some earth joined in fairly quickly. The second third saw the the toasted cedar morph to lightly charred towards the end. The final third saw a full char come in along with some bitterness. The Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary had a pretty basic profile focused around toasted cedar, black pepper and earth. It deteriorated as it went along as the toast level increased into light char and then heavy char with some bitterness. For an anniversary cigar, it didn’t highlight what the brand has done best over the years, instead it was a heavy profile that was singularly focused. Not something I see myself returning to.
Seth: I enjoyed the Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary. It had a nice profile of wood, barnyard, pepper and spices. Faint chocolate notes as well. Balanced cigar. I would have liked a little more complexity or transitioning, but it was a solid Toro that I enjoyed to the end. Nice construction with strength and body as well.
John: The Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary was a good representation of many of the flavors of Espinosa cigars with bread, spices, pepper and layers of wood and sweetness. The first and second thirds were the most engaging for me, with the last third being pleasant but lacking the same level of complexity. The burn was almost perfect, with a touch-up required through the first third, and the draw was perfect. I would happily smoke another Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary, and I think anyone who is a fan of Espinosa blends will gravitate towards it as well. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 39 minutes.
Jiunn: A couple main thoughts on the Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary. First off, this is very familiar Espinosa territory given it’s flavor profile, which is a good thing. But how is this 10 year anniversary special? The good thing is, the cigar is well priced, pretty much in line with their regular production Habano offerings. Special “anniversary” aside, I recommend this one.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$2.45

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.57

Cost/Point

$1.98

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.72

Cost/Point

$1.94

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.91

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

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