Cigar Reveal #75


Laranja - Reserva

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Brand Laranja
Cigar Reserva
Wrapper Brazil
Binder Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Description Erik Espinosa, maker of brands like 601, Murcielago, Pier 28, and many more at his La Zona factory in Nicaragua, covered this rustic looking cigar in a Brazilian Laranja wrapper leaf. You've probably never heard of this type of leaf before, because like some cigar-blending Shakespeare, he is the one that coined the name. Laranja means 'orange' in Portuguese (the 'j' is pronounced as an 'h' for you non-Spanish/Portuguese speakers). He named it after the wrapper's orange hue, aroma, and, once you light up, it's citrus flavor. This is a really lovely cigar, perfect for an afternoon smoke with an IPA or a white wine. Other tasting notes include honey, maple, cedar, and subtle spice and cocoa in the final third.
Review: Cigar Aficionado
(Named 2015 #13 Cigar of the Year) Laranja is the Portuguese word for orange, but it's also an interesting brand from Espinosa Cigars. According to brand owner Erik Espinosa, the Laranja Reserva's all-Nicaraguan blend is covered in a Brazilian "Laranja" wrapper. If you've never heard of Brazilian Laranja, it's because it doesn't really exist. Laranja is simply the new name that Espinosa gave this particular wrapper type because of its unique orange hue. When he first encountered this tobacco, Espinosa was so intrigued by its color and fragrance, that he blended an entire line around the Brazilian wrapper. The Toro serves as a bright and flavorful showcase for the wrapper, offering plenty of graham cracker flavor. But, as the wrapper and name suggests, we also detected a distinctly citrus-like quality and zest.
Review: Cigar Dojo
Would I smoke this cigar again? Without a doubt, yes. This is a box-purchase smoke, maybe even multiples. There is no question in my mind, this is Espinosa’s best cigar to date. The packaging is fresh, bright, and invigorating. The construction was solid, I love when a cigar has that solid exterior feel without being overly packed with tobacco, making for the perfect draw. I only needed one relight throughout, though this could improve with age. The strength on this cigar is sneaky and somewhat surprising; yes I should’ve expected that with an Espinosa cigar, but the delicate look and feel distracted me. I recommend smoking this while sitting down…  I also really enjoyed the seemingly endless flavors to be discovered, which I’m sure I missed a few. At one point near the end, I could’ve described a sweetness that reminded me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch milk (you know what I’m talking about). And that’s what makes a cigar like this so fun, going back for more, to try and understand its full experience.