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Cigar Review: WENDIGO, Espinosa Rare Species Blends

WENDIGO, Espinosa Rare Species Blends

 

 

Espinosa Cigars Mission Statement

 

Espinosa Cigars is committed to creating cigars of superior quality and providing its customers with their perfect cigar smoking experience.

Cigars are our way of life, we are dedicated to this cause and devoted to our brand name.

Our cigars are special to us, and we hope to make them just as special to you.

Our philosophy is simple and our message is as direct as we are, “we make cigars, so have a cigar.”

Espinosa Cigars is a family run business, come join our family.

 

– Espinosa Cigars

 

 

 

We spoke with Best Cigar Prices via FB messenger, they told Cigar Smoke “It’s the first blend in the exciting new Rare Species series from Espinosa Cigars, the Wendigo brings you aggressive full flavor with a smooth medium-bodied profile.

Featuring a meaty Mexican San Andres wrapper leaf around a bold blend of 100% Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. 

Masterfully crafted in the heart of Esteli at La Zona cigars, this bold beast of a smoke is sure to satisfy your hunger for hearty flavor, though it has been known to leave those brave enough to light it with an insatiable desire for more.”

All information is available on the Best Cigar Prices website.

 

“You’ve been warned.”

 

 

 

Artwork and packaging for the Espinosa rare species blends “WENDIGO” in 10 count paper bundles.

 

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Mexican San Andrés wrapper is the color of almond and silky smooth with an oily sheen.

At 6 x 52 it’s rolled in the Toro format with heavy vein, mild tooth and seam.

The vitola has a wide open foot and a triple rounded cap.

Sans band let’s talk about the packaging, offered in 10 count bundles the cigars are sold exclusively at Best Cigar Prices.

According to Wikipedia in Algonquian folklore, the wendigo or windigo is a mythical man eating creature or evil spirit native to the northern forests of the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Region of the United States and Canada.

The artwork depicts a horned skull creature on a velvet red background that looks like a burning forest, the skull of the creature sits atop some sort of pyre of burnt logs.

In wicked red font it reads “WENDIGO” with “ESPINOSA RARE SPECIES BLENDS” indicating this could be the first of many.

The package gets a 10/10 it’s absolutely KILLER!

Pre-light aroma had notes of dried fruit, black currant and herbal tea.

The cold draw produced flavors of rich leather, damp earth and dark chocolate.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

An aroma of mild chocolate and cedar off the toasted foot.

Immediate flavors of roasted nuts, malt and rich leather sans the usual first light char as the blend jumps right into it.

The background profile is producing flavors of oily walnuts with a continued leathery influence.

The spicy element is in the form of mild black pepper with a distinct leather bite, producing a creamy nutty finish.

A light sting of white pepper on the retro-hale evolving into flavors powdered cocoa.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half the Espinosa “WENDIGO” is producing a consistent stream of meaty flavors!

Assorted roasted nuts, rich leather and milk chocolate are up front and on point.

Flavors of oily walnuts and creamy leather dominate the background profile with a perfect balance.

The leather bite experienced at first light has morphed into a light table pepper dusting producing a creamy nutty finish.

The retro-hale is consistent with a MED sting of white pepper quickly evolving into flavors of creamy cocoa.

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third the vitola has remained consistent and balanced with assorted roasted nuts, milk chocolate and rich meaty leather.

The background profile is producing a consistent flavor of oily walnuts, creamy leather with an appearance of mocha and malt.

Any identifiable spice has diminished.

The “WENDIGO” is in the straight MED bodied wheelhouse producing a myriad of BOLD and balanced flavors.

The retro-hale has lost a bit of its sting with a MED dose of white pepper producing a long finish of chocolate.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Showing pretty heavy vein the wrapper has a silky oily look to it. No palpable soft spots, blemishes or cracks as the construction was solid.

 

• BURN: The burn line was razor sharp with a thick circular carbon line. 2 of the 3 examples had a rippling or bunched wrapper effect at the foot in the first stage that evened out in the second half with a consistent combustion of all three components of wrapper, binder and filler.

 

• ASH: The blackish/grey ash was solid producing a stack of dimes holding an inch-plus and tapping off with ease.

 

• CUT: V-cut all examples smoked for review.

 

• DRAW: The draw produced slightly more resistance than milkshake. Smoke output was abundant producing thick plumes of creamy white aroma filled smoke.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple flame torch.

 

• STRENGTH: Straight MED bodied wheelhouse.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

Produced at Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Nicaragua, the Wendigo was a solid offering in convenient storage 10 count paper bundles.

Up front and on point were flavors of oily walnuts, creamy leather with a distinct peppery leather bite and nutty finish.

The vitola was consistent with a complex balance throughout all three smoking stages.

Sold exclusively through Best Cigar Prices I’m looking forward to what Erik and Hector have in store for the future of the “Rare Species Blend” perhaps offered in diffrent size variations? TBC.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: WENDIGO, Espinosa Rare Species Blends. Best Cigar Prices exclusive

Cigars for review: Purchased (Bundle)

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 90

Size: 6 x 52 (Toro)

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Production: 250 Bundles of 10 cigars. 2,500 cigars total

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Factory: La Zona cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua

News source: Erik Espinosa, Best Cigar Prices

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

 

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
Toar Campbell

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