Murcielago de Oro, the first cigar that Espinosa Premium Cigars has created for retail members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA), is on its way to stores several weeks ahead of schedule.

It’s a 6 x 54 oval-pressed toro gordo, with a blend described as a reworked version of the company’s Murcielago blend. Murcielago de Oro uses a Mexican San Andrés claro wrapper over a binder from Nicaragua’s Jalapa region, while the filler uses Nicaraguan tobacco.

Hector J. Alfonso Sr., operations director of Espinosa Premium Cigars, described the blend as a bit more nuanced version of the regular production Murcielago, noting that he finds it to have more body but not necessarily more strength. In contrast, it doesn’t have the sweetness of the regular production Murcielago line, which uses a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper.

The cigar is made by AJ Fernandez’s San Lotano Factory in Ocotal, Nicaragua. Alfonso told halfwheel that the factory pleasantly surprised him and the company with the cigar’s early arrival. It was initially slated to ship around the end of May or early June.

The Murcielago de Oro is priced at $12.50 per cigar, with production limited to 1,500 boxes of 20 cigars, a run of 30,000 cigars.

Espinosa’s Murcielago de Oro is one of 20 cigars to be announced for the TAA’s Exclusive Series Program this year, along with cigars from CLECrowned Heads, E.P. CarrilloFerio Tego, General Cigar Co.’s La Gloria Cubana and Sancho Panza brands, Gurkha, J.C. NewmanJoya de Nicaragua, Kristoff, La Palina, Miami Cigar & Co.My Father, PlasenciaRocky Patel, QuesadaTatuaje and Villiger Cigars North America. Quality Importers Trading Co. is also releasing an exclusive design for its XIKAR Xi2 cutter.

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