"In the end, this was quite enjoyable. They were great flavor transitions and it was a cohesive mix. There are plenty of flavors to be found, and I appreciated how the body progressed throughout the cigar. I can see some people smoking this too fast and missing some of that but otherwise, it's a good cigar." -Isaac M. (The Nothing)
The Knuckle Sandwich maduro might be my favorite cigar of the last year, and this one comes close to it. It is more refined, but without the power and spice that define the Knuckle Sandwich Maduro. I only have one of these cigars and I can't wait to pick up more to age and enjoy. This collaboration between Espinosa and Guy Fieri knocks it out of the park at every opportunity, and everyone should try a Knuckle Sandwich whether it's this one, or one of the other options.
Cigar Dojo and Protocol Cigars are collaborating for a fourth time, this time to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Cigar Dojo. It all started with 2018's K9, followed by two more law enforcement-themed releases Night Stick and Taser. Now, the theme changes, but honors the most tenured members of law enforcement.
"This one didn’t have a hard time keeping me interesting with a fair amount of shifts. Some worked better than others for me, but it was still easy to appreciate. Great construction added some extra enjoyment as well." -Chris M. (Chris)
Espinosa Premium Cigars is bringing two anniversary cigars to PCA next week. The cigars are the "La Zona 10 Year Anniversary" and "Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary."
Espinosa Premium Cigars has announced announce a new limited Knuckle Sandwich cigar, the Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich "55." This new cigar was created to commemorate Guy Fieri’s 55th birthday and was first seen at his birthday party over the past weekend. Production is limited to five-hundred and fifty-five (555) boxes and delivery will start to existing Knuckle Sandwich accounts at the beginning of February 2023.
"Overall, this was an excellent cigar. It started off a little rough, but the rough patch only lasted for just a moment. Shortly after a few draws, everything transitioned into a much smoother and more flavorful cigar, so don’t let the first few puffs fool you. It does have a little nicotine punch, so maybe not for someone too sensitive to nicotine. The dominating flavors of Coco, baking spice, and cedar along with the leather kicking in towards the end, made for an overall enjoyable experience. I did find that although the smoke was smooth during the second and final third, it did dry out my mouth a little bit, so you would want to have something on hand to drink while smoking this cigar. I would definitely recommend this to individuals with a more robust pallet and would definitely smoke this again. " -Angel M. (Angel)
"This was a intense flavorful smoke with a ton of smoke output during the whole time smoking it. The flavors were a really nice sweet cedar flavor with some red pepper spice on the tongue like red pepper flake on a pizza. The retrohale was intense black pepper then fade some then picked back up at the end." -Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
"Overall, this was a good cigar, it started off better than it finished however. The flavors went from sweet tobacco and vanilla changing to a harsher sweet tobacco with the vanilla going away. The only other flavor transition I picked up was in the final third it gained a coffee and cedar taste. Had it not been for the issues of construction and the multiple relites it would have been much more enjoyable. I would definitely try this cigar again hoping for better performance as the flavors were decent." -Angel M. (Angel)
Espinosa Premium Cigars has announced the eighth iteration of their Warhead line. The Espinosa 601 La Bomba Warhead VIII will be shown off at the PCA trade show next week. Like previous releases, it comes in one unique size, a 6 x 60 box-pressed gordo.