Like many companies, Espinosa has taken a less-is-more approach to its booth, though with five new releases to show off, plus an appearance from celebrity chef Guy Fieri scheduled for Sunday afternoon, it might end up being closer to a more-is-more approach.

The company landed a great spot towards the front of the hall, on one of the main aisles that people use to enter and exit the show floor, which seems to provide a good bit of extra traffic to what is an already busy booth. The company shows off a good amount, if not nearly the entirety of its portfolio, with its newer products on dedicated pedestals for the most part, with some of Fieri’s Knuckle Sandwich line getting its own dedicated corner display case.

While it might not have been finished off with balloons and party favors, there was plenty to celebrate inside the booth this year, including a pair of anniversaries for the company and some news that Erik Espinosa will tell you about in the video.

601 La Bomba Warhead VIII

It’s time for the eighth installment in what could well be the company’s most popular limited edition series, the 601 La Bomba Warhead. It’s a box-pressed 6 x 60 gordo, with an all-Nicaraguan blend highlighted by a broadleaf wrapper, which—on paper—is the same blend used for the 601 La Bomba Warhead VII.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • 601 La Bomba Warhead VIII (6 x 60) — $11 (Box of 10, $110)

Production: 2,500 Boxes of 10 Cigars

Release Date: August 2022

Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary

Erik Espinosa isn’t one to celebrate his milestones in the cigar industry, but his team is, specifically his son Erik and the company’s director of operations, Héctor Alfonso. They wanted to ensure that there was a cigar that celebrated and commemorated the company’s 10th anniversary, so they blended this Nicaraguan puro that features a hybrid habano seed wrapper, partly to satisfy Erik Espinosa’s fondness for that varietal. You might recall that a habano leaf was used on the Espinosa 20th Anniversary, which celebrated Erik Espinosa’s 20 years in the cigar business. The cigar is being made at AJ Fernandez’s San Lotano factory.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano Hybrid)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary (6 x 52) — $13 (Box of 20, $260)

Production: 1,500 Boxes of 20 Cigars (30,000 Total Cigars)

Release Date: August 2022

Espinosa Las 6 Provincias CMW

This line honoring Cuba’s six original provinces gets its fourth release, recognizing Camagüey. The company is keeping a single box design, which features sliding “windows” that slide out from the inside of the lid and reveal more artwork. The blend draws on tobaccos from all of Nicaragua’s growing regions.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Espinosa Las 6 Provincias CMW (6 x 50) — $18 (Box of 20, $360)

Production: 1,000 Boxes of 20 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)

Release Date: August 2022

Update: In December 2022, when the cigars began shipping, the company informed halfwheel that production has changed from the originally reported number of 2,500 boxes to 1,000 cigars.

Knuckle Sandwich Chef’s Special

The line that celebrity chef Guy Fieri created with Espinosa Premium Cigars is getting a limited edition release that features a new blend that is different from the core line habano and maduro offerings. It also uses a distinctive box-pressed figurado vitola.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Rosado)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Knuckle Sandwich Chef’s Special (6 1/2 x 52) — $15 (Box of 10, $150)

Production: 2,500 Boxes of 10 Cigars (25,000 Total Cigars)

Release Date: August 2022

La Zona 10 Year Anniversary

Espinosa Premium Cigars is also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the factory where the company began producing its cigars in 2012, and the release is said to be a throwback to the cigars that were released when the company started out. The wrapper is a higher priming of the wrapper used on the Laranja line, while there is pelo de oro in the filler. Héctor Alfonso described it as being a full flavor, but not full strength profile.

  • Wrapper: Brazil (Escuro Alto)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • La Zona 10 Year Anniversary (6 x 52) — $13 (Box of 30, $390)

Production: 300 Boxes of 30 Cigars (9,000 Total Cigars)

Release Date: August 2022

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