“The bat is back!”
If you’ve kept your eyes on the ever-evolving cigar scene as of late, you’ve no doubt seen the bat signal return to the skies, hovering proudly above the Espinosa Premium Cigars brand.
Murcielago, Spanish for “bat”, is a cigar that was adored by fans of the now-dissolved “dynamic duo” that was EO Brands—a joint venture between Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega from 2003-2012. After parting ways, the two have since resurrected many fan favorites from EO Brands, such as the Cubao by Ortega Cigar Co., 601 by Espinosa Premium Cigars, and now, the return of Murcielago (there are 2 other brands that have yet to be resurrected, as well as 1 that is made as a shop exclusive cigar).
Murcielago, originally produced at My Father Cigars S.A. from 2009-2011, became a popular choice as many enthusiast’s go-to smoke, due to its easy draw, full flavors, and affordable price. And while Espinosa acquired the brand rights, the “return of the bat” was delayed for years, as the Garcia family is known to keep their blending recipes secret—including blends made for other brands, such as EO. This set Erik and the Espinosa team into the arduous task of recreating the blend, reverse engineering the recipe by tearing apart aged Mucielago cigars (to their chagrin) whenever and wherever they could be found.
With many well-aged maduros turned to ash, the blend was successfully duplicated, and is enthusiastically described by the Espinosa team as being “Even better than the original!”
Espinosa Murcielago Breakdown
- Wrapper: San Andrés Mexico
- Binder: Mexico
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Factory: La Zona (Estelí, Nicaragua)
- Production: Regular release
- Vitola: 5″ x 52 “Noir” (box pressed)
- Price: $8.50
- Deep rich flavor
- Perfect draw
- Maduro lovers dream
- Not complex
- Fast burn