Cigar Reviews

Quick Draw Episode 11 – Espinosa Cigars La Zona Connecticut

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So life has been kicking my butt lately and I’ve been super busy. Not to mention it has been less than ideal smoking conditions here, this week is the first time in about 3 weeks that we’ve gone a few degrees above 0C/32F. So I haven’t had a great chance to sit outside for a review but I decided to put together a Quick Draw on this cigar that I finally had the chance to try.

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The La Zona cigar comes from Espinosa Cigars. Erik Espinosa was the “E” behind the EO brands label that gave us the popular 601 line. He’s gone ahead and started his own line just as his counterpart Eddie Ortega did. The La Zona comes from the factory in Esteli Nicaragua and is intended to be a value cigar with premium flavors. There are two wrappers, the Connecticut in a brighter lime green band and the Habano which has a darker green/brownish band. They also only come in 2 vitolas, Robusto and Super Toro.

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Today’s cigar was the Connecticut variety in Robusto vitola and I have to admit that I would NEVER have guessed it was a Connecticut just from smoking it. This cigar started with a huge punch of pepper and spices that really surprised me. The pepper and spices also continued through most of the cigar. Where the Connecticut shone through was with the smooth creaminess, especially on the retrohale.

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This cigar was pretty unique in that most connies don’t try this, they tend to stay in the mild range so the contrast was interesting to what I was expecting. The spice tapered off a bit towards the middle but they were still there. To compliment them I got a nice mix of cedar. The construction was awesome the whole way through even though I was walking in some slightly windy weather and it was a chilly 25F or so. I also have some Habano’s to try and see how they smoke. For a cost of just under $4 this was a pretty tasty and interesting cigar that kept me on my toes so keep an eye out and give them a try if you find them.

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Daniel T. (a.k.a. Dalamscius) is an IT Professional from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He enjoys cigars, scuba diving, hockey, fishing, nature and anything that challenges his mind. If he’s not sitting on his big comfy couch or at work you can usually find him in a boat on top of the water or 100ft under the water enjoying a dive. He is engaged to a wonderful Fiance and looking forward to his wedding. Feel free to contact Daniel anytime via email (dalamscius[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter http://twitter.com/Dalamscius

4 Comments

  1. jjo

    January 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

    He’s alive! Missed you last week, pal. Nice little review; sounds good. I’d like to hear how the Habano is, too. I hope things warm up a bit for you soon.

  2. Swede214

    January 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Yes, good to hear from you, this sounds like my type of smoke, I’m going to try and find this cigar, thanks Daniel.

  3. Lou Bozzelli

    January 12, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Great review Daniel. Nice pics, very seasonal. Sounds like a geat smoke. I like cigars that keep me on my toes.

    Hope you had a good holiday season Daniel. See you soon.

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