In terms of draw, I thought the cigar had a great level of resistance from start to finish. A well made cigar that delivered an enjoyable and slow smoking experience.
I am quite conflicted on the Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro Toro. It is not a bad cigar by any means; I think it is a good Brazilian Mata Fina offering, but it not game changing or inspiring to Brazilian tobacco. Like the Davidoff Escurio, it is a good cigar but it does not do justice to the Brazilian tobacco that the cigar/brand is revolved around. It’s a good cigar, not a great cigar. I think the second third shows the greatest aspects with some molasses qualities present. It had a nice strength, body and flavor level, and I believe it will do well with a lot of smokers. With that being said, it is a hard follow up to the original Laranja Reserva. I feel that this blend is weaker to the original and I hate that it is not made at La Zona. This is a brand, Laranja Reserva, that needs to be made at La Zona. Laranja Reserva Ecuro lacked complexity, depth and transitioning from start to finish. I have smoked quite a bit of these, in multiple sizes as well, and despite the change in ring gauge, nothing pops. It’s cool to see Espinosa’s take on Mata Fina, but the blend does not show the greatness of Brazilian tobacco or simply deliver a great/wowing blend. A solid release, but a weak follow up to the Laranja Reserva.