Erik Espinosa and La Zona Factory Producing Today’s Finest Cigars

Erik Espinosa is a Cuban-born cigar maker who has definitely gotten his hands dirty in the industry. He started as an independent broker in 1997 peddling cigars for various companies. Today, he is a thriving brand owner with his own factory, La Zona, in Estelí, Nicaragua that produces some of the finest premium cigars on the market. Erik Espinosa inherited his passion for the leaf from his father while living in Miami many years ago.  Because he started at such a young age, Espinosa was able to “live and learn”…

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A Pairing Worth Sharing – Ortega Serie D #20 and Ron Zacapa Centenario XO Solera Gran Reserva Especial Rum

Review by Juan Cancel I am about to light up a 1 ½ – year-old Ortega Serie D #20 Maduro cigar by Eddie Ortega. I have praised this cigar’s glory over 100 times before, but for those of you who missed my short write-ups on social media, I have submitted a lengthy, more formal write-up for Ultimatecigarparty.com. Let me begin by telling you that this cigar is fantastic – absolutely mind blowing. The Ortega Serie ‘D’ Maduro #20 cigar is an elegant 6×60 slightly box-pressed stick that is covered in an…

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Ezra Zion Eminence – Churchill

– A must try cigar that is well balanced and flavorful with flawless construction and an impeccable draw I have smoked and reviewed the Jamais Vu and FHK prior to the Eminence and I was highly impressed with their flavor profiles and construction; however, now that I have experienced the Eminence, I must say this is my favorite Ezra Zion cigar to date. Each release seems to top the previous blend while the company continues to make great strides in the industry. Eminence left a lasting impression on me the…

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Bodega Reunion Digestivo – Double Robusto ( 5 x 54)

A complex cigar with unique flavors and the savory characteristics of an ‘after dinner’ treat. Bodega Premium Blends is a new brand in the industry distributed by Gary Griffith and the House of Emilio team.  The company is run by Gino Domanico (@Cigar_G) but founded by four friends from Canada in 2013. According to the company’s website: “The line was inspired by the culinary arts. Spanish for digestif, Digestivo usually refers to ‘a cocktail or other alcoholic beverage that is specifically served after a meal’. Spirits such as port, brandy,…

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Emilio Cigars AF1 – Toro

Emilio Cigars is a boutique brand that has been around for a few years now but has been making a huge splash in the market as of late. The brand is really being talked up on web and social media because they are that good. For a little history on Gary Griffith and his cigar empire, read my interview with him. You will be excited to learn how a passionate cigar smoker turned a hobby into an empire. The AF1 is manufactured in Esteli, Nicaragua and named in honor of…

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