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Cigar Review: Espinosa Las 6 Provincias LHB

Espinosa Las 6 Provincias LHB

 

 

 

Las 6 Provincias LHB pays homage to the Espinosa family’s Cuban heritage, representing the original six political provinces of pre-Castro-era Cuba.

Espinosa Cigars has planned a total of six releases in the coming years, each commemorating one of the six provinces.

The first cigar in the series is called “LHB,” representing La Habana, a province that includes Havana. Las 6 Provincias LHB is produced by A.J. Fernandez in Nicaragua.

 

 

 

We talked to the ALPHA DAWG Erik Espinosa about the project, he told Cigar Smoke “It’s a project my son made to pay tribute to my Dad, his Grandfather.

6 Provincias are the original 6 provinces before the Castro regime, this is the 1st one. 

It’s a beautiful Habano wrapper with binder and filler from Nicaragua”. 

 

 

 

Available Size: 

  • Box-pressed Toro: 6 x 54
  • Box count: 10
  • Numbered limited edition swinging hinge-style boxes: 20 count

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Habano wrapper is roasted chestnut brown in color. Showing visible tooth, seam and vein with a light oily sheen.

Offered 6 x 54 it’s a box pressed Toro with an open squared foot and a triple semi rounded cap.

Two bands sit on the vitola, the primary band has gold accents reading “Las 6 Provincias” the number “6” is in blue with the aforementioned name in gold font on a cream white background.

Above the motif is a colorful looking half fan colored in red, blue and yellow with gold accents.

Along the sides read “ESPINOSA” and “CIGARS” in white font on a blue background with a red Espinosa logo.

The secondary band lays half covered in gold with a blue strip reading “LHB” in embossed gold.

The footer has a blue silk band around it.

The whole thing is gorgeous and adds a touch of elegance to the cigar.

Pre-light aroma had notes of chocolate, malt and cedar.

The cold draw produced flavors of dried fruit and a mild mango citrus note.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT 

 

An aroma of sweet cedar off the toasted foot. Initial flavors of woody char and leather.

Once primary combusion settles in, flavors of earth, roasted almonds and floral.

Background flavors are producing nuances of honey and chai tea giving the blend a very unique and sweet complexity.

I’m not detecting any identifiable pepper spice, however the vitola is producing a distinct leather bite.

The retro is producing a sting of wasabi right through the nose with a floral finish.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half the Las 6 Provincias is producing flavors of roasted nuts, most notable are lightly glazed almonds, malt, coffee and natural tobacco.

Background flavors of brown sugar char, sweet tea and raw cinnamon.

Thus far the blend is maintaining a MED-PLUS profile with a distinct leather bite.

A FULL dose of wasabi on the retro with a long floral finish. 

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

In the final third the vitola is maintaining its profile of sweet flavors. Glazed almonds, malt and coffee are up front and on point.

Background flavors of raw cinnamon, coffee, sweet tea and cream.

A distinct leather bite is continuing to keep the blend at MED-PLUS lingering long on the palate and in between draws.

The wasabi noted in the first two stages has morphed into FULL white pepper on the retro with a long consistent finish of floral.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Solid! No palpable soft spots or blemishes. No cracks or wrapper inconsistencies on the box press vitola.

 

• BURN: Consistent combustion of all three components producing a straight burn, with the exception of few touch ups that were required while smoking outside, producing a large carbon line.

 

• ASH: Salt and pepper looking square ash holding an inch plus, tapped off with help.

 

• CUT: V-CUT all examples on the semi rounded box press cap.

 

• DRAW: Perfect milkshake type draw.

 

• RE LIGHTS: Combustion was continuous with zero re-lights required.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch.

 

• STRENGTH: Straight MEDIUM-PLUS bodied wheelhouse with a distinct profile of sweet background flavors.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

Las 6 Provincias was a collaboration between Erik Espinosa and A.J. Fernandez, it’s the first in a series of offerings honoring Espinosa’s Cuban heritage before the Castro regime took over.

They re-zoned Cuba into the fifteen provinces that exist today. This was a very unique cigar and in my opinion very different from any Espinosa offering I’ve ever smoked.

In the straight MEDIUM-PLUS bodied wheelhouse it had very distinct background flavor of sweetness in edition with the right amount of bite.

It created a unique flavor profile both balanced and complex that was consistent on all three examples smoked for review.

 

 

 

 


Cigar Reviewed: Espinosa Las 6 Provincias LHB

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke rate: 92

Size: 6 x 54 (Box Press Toro)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan, Estelí, Ometepe and Condega

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: A.J Fernandez San Lotano

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

 

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