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Espinosa Premium Cigars is adding a new member to its Laranja lineup, the Reserva Azulejo. It becomes the third member of the Laranja series, which debuted in 2014 and added the Laranja Reserve Escuro in 2019.

The cigar uses a dark Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a Brazilian Arapiraca binder, and fillers that come from all of Nicaragua’s growing regions, according to the company. “This is a special cigar and I believe it is the perfect blend to join the Laranja family,” said Erik Espinosa in a press release. “I can’t wait for our retailers to try it. The original Laranja and the Laranja Escuro have done incredibly well for us. I am looking forward to this Azulejo launch.”

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While the original Laranja got its name from the Portuguese word for orange and was a nod to both the color of that cigar’s Brazilian-grown wrapper and the cigar’s color scheme, the name Azulejo originates from a Portuguese word for a blueish glazed colored tile. That same blue is used on the Laranja Reserva Azulejo band.

The Espinosa Laranja Reserva Azulejo is being launched in four sizes:

  • Espinosa Laranja Reserva Azulejo Corona Gorda (6 x 46) — $11 (Box of 20, $220)
  • Espinosa Laranja Reserva Azulejo Robusto Grande (5 1/2 x 54) — $11.60 (Box of 20, $232)
  • Espinosa Laranja Reserva Azulejo Toro (6 x 52) — $12.05 (Box of 20, $241)
  • Espinosa Laranja Reserva Azulejo Gordo (6 x 60) — $12.70 (Box of 20, $254)

Like the Laranja Reserva Escuro, the Azulejo is being made at AJ Fernandez’s San Lotano Factory in Ocotál, Nicaragua. It will begin shipping to retailers in late August.

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