Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

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Cigar Details: Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 47
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: San Lotano
  • Blender: Hector Alfonso
  • Price: $18.00
  • Release Date: November 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The square pressed Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT has a medium brown wrapper and a couple of thick, raised veins. The seams are smooth and the top cap is noticeably lighter in color than the rest of the cigar. There are three bands, with the primary overlapping the secondary to look like a singular band. These bands denote the series and this iteration. The foot has a red ribbon. The aroma from the wrapper are dark earth and wood, while the foot brings cedar, earth and stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings aged cedar with light amounts of floral notes and anise along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: A nice looking cigar with a red band that makes the wrapper pop, it has this lovely leather coloring and the texture is slightly oily with some veins and tooth present. Leathery texture as well. The Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT has a warm, rich and inviting aroma. Leather, manure, tobacco and spices. Firm in hand, it is rolled well and has a great aroma.
John: The Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker that tears when opened. There is a primary Las 6 Provincias ZDT band, along with a red ribbon foot band. For additional artisanal complications, the cigar has a firm box pressed shape to it. I weighed the cigar at 14.0 grams and measured the humidity with the HumidiMeter Pro at 60.7%. Nosing the cigar, aromas included chocolate, faint, sweet tobacco and also a honey or clover sweet background note and then wood. From the foot, I picked up a combination of light raisin and sweet tobacco.
Jiunn: The Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT has a natural, in between Colorado and Colorado maduro, wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas provide barnyard, cedar and black tea.

Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with creamy, toasted cedar, bold black pepper and some light earth. At three quarters of an inch in, the black pepper is exhibiting a very long finish. The retrohale is toasted cedar, earth, with mild amounts of black pepper and cream. At an inch and a half in, the black pepper mellows a bit. As the third comes to a close, the creamy, toasted cedar is just ahead of the bold black pepper with some earth in the background and my palate is pretty caked with black pepper at this point. The strength was slightly above medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with a flavor profile of rich earth, cocoa powder, leather, tobacco and warm spices. Red pepper and cinnamon present. Some espresso notes on the finish. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third gets going with chocolate and coffee coming through that intensifies on the finish. Delayed wood breaks into the post draw. The first third continues to evolve with sweet tobacco, medium strength spices and light plus wood in the center of the profile. Post draw pepper comes into the mix as the first third settles, lingering between each puff. The pepper is a bit intense and raw, for a lack of better description, as it moves towards the halfway point.
Jiunn: The first third presents a cohesive flavor profile. Flavors of creamed coffee, anise and toasted nuts. Retrohaling gives spicy cedar and toasted nuts. The finish is fairly clean, with layered roasted nuttiness. Strength and body is medium.

Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth picks up a fair amount as the black pepper mellows a bit. The retrohale is now lightly creamy, toasted cedar, earth and mild black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar maintains a faint creaminess with the earth right behind and the black pepper right behind it. The strength remains at slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third is fairly in line with the first. I am getting some espresso notes with some cocoa powder, leather and tobacco. Warm spices on the finish of cinnamon and red pepper. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: Medium strength pepper leads the cigar into the second third, as wood follows and elements of earth on the finish. All three components are present on the post draw with pepper being the dominant flavor. The pepper recedes in strength somewhat as the second third settles in. Chocolate returns by the halfway point, joining the finish.
Jiunn: The second third shows some pepper spice coming through on the mouth draws. Other than that, the profile is still cohesive with creamed coffee, anise and toasted nuts. Strength and body remains medium.

Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper mellows a bit more and becomes pretty smooth. At a half inch in, the cream has departed and the toasted cedar and earth are now even up front. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, earth and smooth black pepper. At an inch in, the toast level becomes pretty heavy and some wood bitterness joins in. At an inch and a quarter, the wood bitterness has departed. As the cigar wraps up, the heavily toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with the smooth black pepper a bit behind. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third was right in line with the second. Espresso bean notes, cocoa powder, leather, tobacco and earth. Warm spices as well of cinnamon and red pepper. Remains medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: Sweet tobacco at the front of the last third, as wood and light plus strength pepper combine in the center. Sweet wood consistently leads the profile as the last third continues.
Jiunn: The final third becomes a bit mundane with mainly layered and lasting cedar. The profile has become much more one dimensional. Strength and body finish the same medium.

Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout, but at the beginning of the final third, the cigar inexplicably went out, requiring a re-light. The ash held on in one inch increments.
Seth: Very good burn from start to finish.
John: The first third had some waviness to it, with the burn becoming uneven towards the transition point to the second third. A touch-up was performed at this point. I find the burn stalling at times through the second third, but no intervention was required. The cigar went out in the last third, requiring a re-light.
Jiunn: Burn performance was just shy of being perfect. A couple quick touch-ups were needed to get the wrapper burn on track.

Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw was at most 1/2 of a notch towards the resistant spectrum which puts it in the ideal range between open and resistant.
Jiunn: Perfect draw performance, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with creamy, toasted cedar, bold black pepper and some light earth. Just some changes in flavor fullness in the second third and in the final third, the toast level became pretty heavy and some wood bitterness joined in for a bit. The Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT had a nice start, even though the black pepper was quite bold. The second third dropped a level as the flavors became a bit muddled and maintained that level the rest of the way. If you’re a pepper fan, definitely a cigar to try, but for me, it didn’t deliver an exciting flavor profile throughout to really keep me engaged. Not a cigar I’d really see myself coming back to.
Seth: I love this CAIXA size. This pressed 6.5″ by 48rg. The size and press really balances out the cigar. It helps deliver the qualities of the filler and wrapper. This was a fun Nicaraguan puro from Espinosa. I would have loved to see a little more complexity, but the core flavors were nice. Great construction as well. A solid Las 6 Provincias, I still think this Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT is fairly high among those reviewed by me.
John: The Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT had flavor combinations in the first third that I found interesting and engaging, with pepper that was at times intense. I didn’t find the second and last thirds to come together in ways that elevated the flavor profile. The draw was perfect while the burn required a touch-up and a re-light to correct. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed reviewing the Las 6 Provincias series, and while most of them are releases I would return to if I could, the ZDT would likely be a pass for me. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 46 minutes.
Jiunn: This Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT might be the most finessed Espinosa cigar that I’ve ever had. From first draw, there was an immediate sense of balance and cohesiveness. The flavors of creamed coffee, anise and toasted nuts complimented each other well. Will be happy to smoke more of these.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$3.00

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$3.00

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$3.05

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.72

Cost/Point

$2.68

Scoring System

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