A limited edition run of lanceros has begun arriving at Espinosa-branded lounges recently, the 601 La Bomba Sake Bomb Lancero and the Alpha Dawg Lancero. Both cigars are being released in a 7 1/2 x 38 vitola, with 500 of each cigar released.

The original 601 La Bomba Sake Bomb is a 4 1/2 x 42 petit corona that debuted in May 2014 and is known for being a fairly potent version of the line. It’s a Nicaraguan puro with a habano wrapper, which is the same blend that served as the basis for the recently released The Wick line.

The 601 La Bomba line is offered in six regular production sizes, ranging from the Sake Bomb to a 7 x 70 known as the F-Bomb. In Jan. 2020, the company created a 601 La Bomba Lancero as a store exclusive for Embargo Cigars in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Alpha Dawg was originally intended to be an event-only cigar, but in 2016 the company decided to make it a regular production offering, releasing it in September of that year. It is also a Nicaraguan puro, with the blend using a habano rosado oscuro wrapper. It is available in three regular production sizes, Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 46), Robusto (5 x 50) and Short Churchill (6 x 48).

Both cigars are produced at the La Zona Cigar Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. While they are limited releases for now, Hector Alfonso Sr., the company’s director of operations, noted that releases such as this are often measuring sticks to determine whether something should become a regular production line extension.

Pricing is set at $50 per pack of five, before taxes.

Images courtesy of Alan Shuminer/Caribbean Cigars.

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