A new size in Espinosa Premium Cigars’ Wasabi line is en route to retailers today, as the company has released the 5 x 46 Wasabi Corona.

It joins the original Wasabi, a 5 1/2 x 52 box-pressed robusto extra that debuted in November 2016 as part of a group called the Backroom Series, eight cigars designed to be released to Espinosa-branded lounges. The cigar seemed to garner attention for its green candela wrapper as much as for its name, which had some consumers wondering if it might taste anything like the root vegetable commonly found as a garnish for sushi and sashimi, or its derivative green paste that is a cheaper substitute. Erik Espinosa assured customers it did not taste like actual wasabi, but rather described it as a spicy candela. He noted that he just liked the word wasabi and it happened to fit with the candela leaf given the similarity of colors.

The robusto version of the Wasabi was popular enough to warrant a second release of 500 boxes in April 2018. Now, a more regularly available size is hitting the market. Hector J. Alfonso Sr., director of operations for Espinosa Premium Cigars, told halfwheel that the corona will be an ongoing production, subject to the availability of the wrapper. It comes priced at $6.99 per cigar and $69.99 for a box of 10 cigars. Unlike the original size, the corona is round.

Blend details about the Wasabi have not been disclosed.

The cigar is made at the La Zona Cigar Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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