Espinosa Cigars gave a small group of retailers a special Christmas present recently, as the first cigar in the company’s The Backroom Series began shipping to the three Espinosa-branded lounges across the country on Dec. 22. The cigar was formally released on Dec. 20 at Smoke Inn VI in Margate, Fla.

The Alibi was announced in early December as the first cigar in the series, a 6 x 48 Small Churchill that features a dark Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper over an undisclosed binder and filler. It comes with a price tag of $9 per cigar and $90 per box of 10, with just 200 boxes produced. The cigars are made at Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Nicaragua.

Espinosa Cigars The Alibi Cigar

The three stores carrying The Alibi are Casa Belicoso (925-979-9330) in Walnut Creek, Calif., Cordova Cigars (850-473-0080) in Pensacola, Fla. and Smoke Inn VI (954-970-0001) in Margate, Fla. That list of retailers could grow should more Espinosa-branded lounges be established before supplies are exhausted.

While the next release in The Backroom Series has yet to be determined, a spokesperson for Espinosa Cigars told halfwheel that the company expects to release at least one new cigar in the series per year.

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