Cigar Reviews

E.O. Brands Murcielago Toro

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A few days behind this week, I got the pleasure of finally getting to a review I have been dying to kick out for months. I posted a few options of cigars I wanted to review, and the users picked it. E.O. Brands Murcielago.

E.O. Brands Murcielago

The Good Stuff: The Murcielago is the newest blend kicked out by Espinosa and Ortega at E.O. Brands. The Murcielago made its big debut at this past year’s IPCPR convention in New Orleans. It took a while for me to get my hands on these sticks, but luckily the first batch that hit my front door were ever so graciously sent over to me form the guys over at Buckhead Cigar.

E.O. Brands Murcielago

I’m not entirely sure where Espinosa and Ortega got the name “Murcielago” or “Bat”. There are a tons of theories from them just coming up with it out of the blue, to the metaphor of the dark characteristics from the cigar itself. The Murcielago is primarily constructed from an ultra dark Mexican wrapper grown in San Andreas, and bound with a Mexican binder, stuffed with the finest Nicaraguan filler.

E.O. Brands Murcielago

Size: 6.12 x 50 (Toro)  –  Wrapper: San Andreas Mexican  – Binder: Mexican  –  Filler: Nicaraguan  –  Body: Medium/Full

Prelight: The Murcielago is an extremely darkly wrapped,  box pressed cigar. The wrapper itself is and extremely dark, chocolatey brown and very toothy. The toothyness I am referring too looks a lot like that texture on a cat’s tongue, or sandpaper. The color is extremely consistent and the wrapper gives off a slight sheen as light is bounced off its oils. The Murcielago is then capped off with a round triple cap. The cigar is very firm to the touch, and the only soft spots I was able to find were near the foot of the cigar. There is a very slight separation in the wrapper that exposes just the slightest bit of the binder near the head of the cigar, but it’s not anything to worry about I am hoping. I do however see band removal being a chore and even tearing the wrapper if it has too much glue on it due to the separation. The wrapper on the Murcielago gives off a very bold smell with scents of oats, cocoa, tobacco, and musk. Where as the foot of the cigar is a bit more on the sweet side, carrying the tobacco and cocoa smell. The cap of the Murcielago clipped right off under my Palio double bladed cutter. The cold draw produced although effortless, produced only very subtle hints of tobacco and pepper.

E.O. Brands Murcielago

First Smoke: The Murcielago kicked out quite a bit more flavor than expected from what I took off the cold draw. The more dominant flavors are cocoa, strong tobacco, wood,  a sweet nutmeg, and hints of pepper. The draw the Mucielago gives off is amazingly large and effortless, and results in a huge cloud of thick, bluish-brown smoke. The cigar gives off very little stationary smoke so it was a bit harder to conclude what kind of aroma this stick gives off, but the notes I picked up were very leathery, with scents of spice and wood. The burnline is dead even and razor sharp leaving behind a very thick, white, compacted ash. I got about an inch and a half into this cigar before the first ash gave way.

E.O. Brands Murcielago

Halfway There: The flavors in the Murcielago keep on coming. I absolutely love when the flavor profile of my cigar changes up on me and the Murcielago definitely keeps you on your toes. The pepper has all but faded, giving way for a much sweeter tobacco flavor back with hints of cocoa, raisin, leather, and oats. The Aventinus double-bock style wheat ale is really adding the “fruity” element to this flavor mashup.  The burn line is still dead even, draw is magnificent. This cigar is very smooth and I am not getting even the slightest nicotine buzz from it, even though I am smoking like a champ. One side note is the stationary smoke has become quite a bit larger over the course of the smoke. Giving off a very pleasant spicy/woodsy aroma.

E.O. Brands Murcielago

Finish: I have ashed a total of 3 times up until the final third, all of which ended up on my shirt. And it’s not cause the ash flakes off and falls unexpectedly, it’s actually just the opposite. The ash produced by the Murcielago is very thick and each time I try to see how far it holds on for, consequently they fall on me instead of the ash tray.  The flavors have remained pretty similar to the second third of the stick, with the exception of slight pepper being reintroduced into the experience, and a very subtle cardboard type flavor that I didn’t care much for. I am feeling a slight nicotine kick from the end of the stick, but nothing too alarming. I am still enticed by how large and easy flowing the draw on the Mucielago is. I wish all cigars were this easy to smoke. Luckily, my fear never became a reality and the band had just enough glue to come off with ease. All in all this Murcielago took me about an hour and a half to smoke. It really took off at the beginning and I was scared it would burn too quickly, but once that binder and filler got a chance to mashup it was smooth sailing.

E.O. Brands Murcielago

Overview: The Murcielago is a solid stick. The complexity is gratifying as well as the consistently superb construction kicked out by E.O. Brands not only on this stick, but pretty much anything they produce is top notch. This cigar is smooth enough for a novice smoker, and complex enough for any aficionado. The Murcielago does come with a higher price tag, cresting in the upper $9 range for stick, but I wouldn’t mind paying for it any day. Definitely box-worthy.

E.O. Brands Murcielago

Pairing: I decided to pair this Murcielago with some Schnieder-weisse Aventinus Dopplebock. The Aventinus is a strong wheat based double bock with tons of fruit and spice flavors that range from apples and cinnamon to Orange zest and pepper. The combination of those flavors and that of the Murcielago create a complete package for flavor and aroma therapy. I would recommend anything sweet or dark as a proper pairing for this cigar. Apple juice, sweet tea, coffee, porter, or hell, even a lambic.

E.O. Brands Murcielago

UPDATE: Shortly after posting this review, the Man Eddie Ortega himself left a comment with some very exciting news:

Great review, this is my favorite cigar we make. As you know by now, we have just merged with Rocky Patel. Because of the merger, we were able to significantly drop the price on all our brands. The murcielago’s new MSRP price range is between $6.20 and 6.80, the prices on the cubao and 601 lines are also down anywhere between 2.50 and 3 dollars per stick.

-regards

Eddie

Now, at those prices.. This stick is a STEAL. Go out, buy some, buy a lot. Its worth it! Not to mention the 601’s at the price point. I’m a sucker for the blue.

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn’t loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.

26 Comments

  1. Jared

    May 6, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Why do you have suckh a talent for making me want to try new cigars? You know I can’t just go to a B&M and get a couple!!! Very good review my man! Sounds like I would love it. But, at 9 + a stick, I still got more pressing cigars that need to be tried at that price.

  2. Dan Reeve

    May 6, 2010 at 5:02 am

    nice review Tony. This is a top 5 cigar for me right now. I hope with all the changes with EO they don’t mes this one up.

    Try it in the rothschild size if you get a chance. It’s a flavor bomb!

    Dan

  3. eddie ortega

    May 6, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Just a quick notes,

    Great review, this is my favorite cigar we make. As you know by now, we have just merged with Rocky Patel. Because of the merger, we were able to significantly drop the price on all our brands. The murcielago’s new MSRP price range is between $6.20 and 6.80, the prices on the cubao and 601 lines are also down anywhere between 2.50 and 3 dollars per stick.

    -regards

    Eddie

  4. Mark

    May 6, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Looking forward to trying some EO’s in the near future. Great review.

  5. Michael Forry

    May 6, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Great review. I had 1 f these so far in the belicosa size I believe and it was amazing. I did not like the ending, due to the higher power, but the cigar was a winner in my book. I will be grabbing more of these.

    I am also hoping the rumors are true about the cost coming down on the E.O. stuff once they distribute through RP!

    Mike

  6. Matthew

    May 6, 2010 at 6:19 am

    So cool Eddie! As if we didn’t already have tons of reasons to smoke your product! Very classy move!

  7. Chris McCann

    May 6, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Thanks for the review. The Murcielago is one of my favorite new smokes.

    Great news, Eddie! As a big fan of the entire E.O. line, this is beautiful music to my ears!

  8. Tony Casas

    May 6, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Thanks for the comments guys! Big news up there on Eddie’s comment. I think the whole cigar community as a whole just let out a deep, smoke filled sigh of relief.

  9. dj

    May 6, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Nice! Love the band (although at first my brain bounced between first-grade mucilage glue and the new car from Lamborghini…). Also: GREAT choice on the beer — Now I am thirsty and it’s not even 10 am.

  10. Tony Casas

    May 6, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Thanks DJ! Aventinus goes good with ANYTHING. Or should I say, anything goes good with Aventinus 🙂 cheers!

  11. DaByrdman33

    May 6, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Great review, Tony. Glad to see the good news from Eddie Ortega about the MSRP coming down. I will definitely have to give these a try. I like the shot of the beer & the glass. Did that come as a set?

  12. Tony Casas

    May 6, 2010 at 7:04 am

    I agree, great news. Unfortunately I didn’t 🙁 Had to buy them seperate. Took me a while to find the glass, I was going to order it but I stumbled across it locally.

  13. Paul Shing

    May 6, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Great review Tony. I had one of these for the 1st time a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Way more power than I expected and quite the flavor bomb. Great job bro!

  14. TADD

    May 6, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Great review. I have yet to get these as I don’t enjoy the overall strenght kick at the end. I will need to branch out a little bit and get a few… My local B&M has them.

    Nice Glass!

  15. CheapHumidors.Com

    May 6, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Great review! I bought one of these sticks while I was down in Sarasota last weekend and it’s sitting in my humidor. I look forward to smoking it!

  16. Tony Casas

    May 6, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Shing, I agree man. Great Stick.

    Tadd, Thanks man! Try them out, well worth it.

    Sam. GET TO IT! 🙂

  17. JoshK

    May 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I have a feeling EOs are about to start flooding the Online sales markets. This could be a very good thing if, like me, you want to try them. But I wonder if they are prepared to deliver the same quality in bulk.

  18. Danny Principe

    May 8, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Nice job Tony. I think for $9, this is a good cigar. But for $6, its a great cigar.

  19. Jordan (Cavsfan8)

    May 11, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Great review Tony. I’m looking forward to try this one sometime. And also, I can’t wait for those MSRP changes to take effect!

  20. shawn

    June 3, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I have got to give this one a try! Sounds great!

  21. Dan

    June 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Nice review… smoking one now @ Cigarmasters in Boston… what a refined and potent cannon! I love everything 601… something for every mood… keep up the good work guys..

    • Tony Casas

      June 25, 2010 at 6:24 am

      Thanks dan, and cheers! It looks like we were both smoking Murcielago’s last night!

  22. Dan

    July 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    That’s awesome Tony!

    I just tried the AB Tempus and am wowed at how great it tastes… I’m curious to get your take on it…

    Would you consider reviewing this blend? Thanks…

    Dan

    • Tony Casas

      July 22, 2010 at 6:26 am

      Thank you Dan. You may hate me for saying this, but it’s been ages since I have had a tempus. I do like me some Alec Bradley though. Next time I hit the local shops I’ll keep my eyes out for one, and if I find it, consider the review done. 🙂

      thanks for the read!

  23. Dan

    July 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks Tony… Keep up the good work… the site is awesome!

    • Tony Casas

      July 22, 2010 at 8:57 pm

      I appreciate the kinda words more than you can imagine Dan.

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