Espinosa Premium Cigars will close out 2014 with a new limited edition, as today the company announced the first release in The Backroom Series, an exclusive line for Espinosa Lounges.

The first release is being called The Alibi, a 6 x 48 Small Churchill that features a dark Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper, though the rest of the blend has not been disclosed. Pricing is expected to be finalized next week.

Espinosa Cigars The Alibi Cigar

Via a press release, Espinosa said that “my guys have been pushing me to get some limited and exclusive stuff out there.  I have been waiting for the right time and never at the expense of our core lines, which remain our company’s priority.” He added that this project gives him and his team a chance to be creative and an opportunity to further showcase the La Zona factory.

Only 200 ten-count boxes of The Alibi will be made and distributed among the three Espinosa Lounges across the United States.  The Alibi will ship to the Espinosa Lounges by the middle of December 2014, with an inaugural launch event on December 20, 2014 at Smoke Inn VI in Margate, FL.

A spokesperson for Espinosa Cigars says that the second release in The Backroom Series has yet to be determined, but expects there to be at least one release per year.

Espinosa Cigars The Alibi Cigar Box

The first Espinosa branded lounge was the 601 Cigar Lounge at Casa Belicoso (925-979-9330) in Walnut Creek, California, which was launched on September 23, 2011. Since then there have been two more lounges opened, one at Cordova Cigars (850-473-0080) in Pensacola, Florida on November 14, 2013 and another at Smoke Inn VI (954-970-0001) in Margate, Florida on August 16, 2014.

Espinosa Premium Cigars encourages those interested in purchasing The Alibi to contact the stores directly.

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