Erik Espinosa had a solid location, near the front of the floor, and returned with a booth design that he’s used in recent years. While there was a flood of products both at and after last year’s show, it was a bit more restrained this year.

Espinosa had just one new line this year, notable for its use of Jamaican tobacco, including one size that shows off a unique cap design. There’s also a reblended and rebranded Murcielago being released.Espinosa Reggae

A cigar that was originally released in August 2016 as part of a flood of new cigars for the Backroom Series, Espinosa Reggae will only be released to the nine Espinosa Lounges now,  but gets a widespread release to all stores later. As one might expect, the Espinosa Reggae uses indigenous Jamaican tobacco called lengua de vaca, which means cow tongue, in its filler alongside Nicaraguan tobaccos. That bunch is bound by a Nicaraguan seco binder and wrapped in an Ecuadorian rosado leaf.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Jamaican Lengua de Vaca and Nicaragua
  • Espinosa Reggae Robusto Grande (5 1/2 x 54) — $9.90 (Boxes of 20, $198)
  • Espinosa Reggae Short Churchill (6 1/2 x 48) — $10.30 (Boxes of 20, $206)
  • Espinosa Reggae Toro (6 x 52) — $10.50 (Boxes of 20, $210)

Launch Date: Currently shipping

Production: Regular productionEspinosa Reggae Dread

An offshoot of the Espinosa Reggae, the Espinosa Reggae Dread might be one of the most distinctive looking cigars on the trade show floor this year, featuring several long pigtails designed to resemble the iconic hairstyle.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras, and Jamaican Lengua de Vaca
  • Espinosa Reggae Dread (6 x 56) — $12 (Boxes of 7, $84)

Launch Date: Currently shipping

Production: Regular productionMurcielago

The Murcielago line from Espinosa Premium Cigars gets a rework by way of A.J. Fernandez, whose vast supply of tobaccos was tapped to enhance the blend. The line is also getting a new look, which will be the third in its history.

  • Wrapper: Mexico
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Murcielago Rabito (6 1/2 x 46) — $8.60 (Boxes of 20, $172)
  • Murcielago Robusto (5 x 54 box-pressed) — $8.50 (Boxes of 20, $170)
  • Murcielago Toro (6 x 52 box-pressed) — $8.70 (Boxes of 20, $174)

Launch Date: Currently shipping

Production: Regular production

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