As with 2015, Espinosa shared a large booth with D’Crossier, whom Espinosa now distributes. The setup was identical to 2015 – orange carpet, white seating, and Espinosa and D’Crossier cigars together at one end of the booth.

Espinosa showcased more new product than most manufacturers. Everything will begin shipping in August.

Alpha Dawg

In early 2016, Espinosa kicked off the first-ever La Zona Palooza, a cigar festival for all things La Zona (Espinosa, MoyaRuiz, Cubariqueño, etc.). At the event, attendees were able to vote on three blends, one of which would later go on to become Alpha Dawg (although, due to a very close outcome, Espinosa plans to later use the other two blends as well).

Event attendees voted on packaging as well, although the winner was slightly altered from bundles to boxes; as the cigars have gone from event-exclusives to regular production (considering FDA regulations).

  • Wrapper: Habano Rosado Oscuro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Zona (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Packaging: 10-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: Corona Gorda | Robusto | Toro
  • Price: $8.00 – $8.75

@zucar

Espinosa’s first flavors cigars were displayed in three sizes. The cigar’s name is Spanish for “sugar” (pronounced “azucar”) and features a vanilla flavoring. They are packaged in pure white boxes of 25 and most surprisingly, not made at the La Zona factory; instead being produced in the Dominican Republic at Aveja Cigar Factory.

  • Packaging: 25-ct boxes
  • Price: $3.40 – $3.90

Frontmarks

  • Cañita (5 x 30)
  • Corona (6 x 44)
  • Caña (5 x 50)

Espinosa Crema

The core lineup of Espinosa cigars now covers the full flavor range, with the new Crema joining Espinosa Habano and Especial. The cigar uses the updated packaging found on the prior two cigars mentioned. Both MoyaRuiz and Espinosa showed off new Ecuadorian Connecticut blends, although Espinosa’s is described as more mild and creamy than MoyaRuiz’s blend (from the same factory).

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Zona (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: Robusto | Toro Grande | Churchill
  • Price: $8.25 – $8.90

Espinosa Crema cigars IPCPR 2016



Espinosa Habano Box-Pressed

The Habano is Erik Espinosa’s baby. It was the first premium cigar made under the Espinosa brand in 2012. The line was rebranded in 2015 and now has a new 6 x 54 toro box-pressed size.

  • Packaging: 20-ct box
  • Price: $8.00

Espinosa Habano Toro Box-Pressed IPCPR 2016 cigars

Murcielago Bouton

Where the new addition to Espinosa Habano is the only box-pressed size in the line, the new Murcielago is the only non-box-pressed size. The name is French for “button”, having a small pigtail cap. The box reads “Bouton Rond” – “Rond” was thought to be misspelled, but actually is French for “round”.

  • Vitola: 6½ x 46 “Bouton Rond” Corona Gorda
  • Packaging: 20-ct box
  • Price: $8.75

Warhead III

Fans of Espinosa’s cult hit 601 Warhead series will be pleased to see the cigar is back for at least one more run. The cigars feature an unusual box-pressed lancero vitola; complete with the usual “bomb fuse” pigtail, new “nose art” foot bands, and a redesigned 10-count box.

Warhead debuted in 2013, featuring a similar blend to the 601 La Bomba, using a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. It was the first true limited edition cigar for Espinosa and had a followup Warhead II release one year later, using a new size. Espinosa seemed to be done with the series afterwards, opting not to release a new size in 2015. At this year’s show, they said the timing wasn’t right and wanted to instead expand on the popular Laranja line.

  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Zona (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Limited
  • Packaging: 10-ct boxes
  • Vitola: 7½ x 38 box-pressed lancero
  • Price: $10.95