601 Black By Espinosa

  • Origin Nicaragua
  • Wrapper Ecuador Connecticut
  • Binder Nicaragua
  • Filler Nicaragua
  • Strength Mild-Medium

You could write volumes of prose on the long journey of what is now known as Espinosa Premium Cigars. None of it would be possible without the Alpha Dawg himself, Erik Espinosa. What a long, strange trip it’s been to get where he is today. To keep it short, he got his start in the industry as a cigar broker in southern Florida and quickly developed a desire to become a brand owner. He first launched EO cigars with his close friend Eddie Ortega and had cigars made by Pepin Garcia in Nicaragua. When Garcia could no longer commit to producing their blends, the duo split. Erik formed Espinosa Premium Cigars and opened his own factory in Nicaragua called La Zona where many of his cigars are made today. There’s so much more to this story, but Erik is one of our favorite people in the industry- honest and trustworthy as the day is long. It’s one of the reasons his brand has developed a cult-like following. He says what he means and does what he promises.

The Espinos 601 Black is back, baby! This popular blend has reemerged as an annual release for Espinosa and we couldn’t be more thrilled. When it was initially released, it was memorable because it was one of the first connecticut cigars of the modern era that featured a bolder strength and flavor profile. Though this style of blend is much more common these days, there is no doubt that the 601 Black is one of the best. It’s handmade at Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Esteli, and features filler and binder tobaccos from Nicaragua. The wrapper is Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade and it glows with a beautiful golden hue. Tasting notes include flavors of cream, coffee, and roasted nuts along with hints of cedar, leather, baking spices, and black pepper. It’s a stellar annual release from the team at Espinosa.

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