Top 9 Cigars of 2019: #1 Espinosa Laranja Reserva
Over the next 9 days we’re counting down our picks for the top 9 cigars of 2019. Some of these cigars are new and some are not and all cigars were aged in our humidors a minimum of 2 weeks. All of the cigars selected achieved a minimum rating of “Boxworthy” and achieved the highest marks in all 10 of our recommendation criteria.- In Fumo Pax!
Espinosa Laranja Reserva
- Profile: Medium
- Vitola: Toro
- Length / Ring Gauge: 6.0″ x 52
- Origin: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Brazilian “Laranja”
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Price: $9.85 [Box $197.00]
- Box: 20
- Other Vitolas: Corona Gorda [5.625″ x 46], Robusto Extra [5.5″ x 54], Caixa [6.5″ x 48 BP], Lancero [7.5 x 38]
The Portuguese word for ‘orange’ is ‘laranja’, and the orange-hued Brazilian wrapper of our toro is sumptuous. Seamless, oily and fragranced with cacao, caramel and dark fruit, the best of the Laranja was yet to come. The draw was effortless, in fact just shy of being too open. The initial profile is yummy, highlighted by a blast of cinnamon followed by rich notes of caramel, sweet oats and baked bread. Transitions become bolder, more savory and spicier complementing an already well-balanced and wicked flavor palette. This thing is just delicious!