The Portuguese word for “orange.”
But for those that are “in the know,” the cigar is most often pronounced, “La-Rônge”, as you will most often hear brand-owner Erik Espinosa refer to it.
Like the bright and lively band and matching foot ribbon adorning Espinosa Premium Cigars’ most premium offering, the cigar itself features a similarly energetic flavor profile—all revolving around the vibrant color orange. The idea came about from Erik Espinosa Jr., vice president of Espinosa Premium Cigars, as it was a hue he’d long been drawn to. And the meaning of the color fit the mood of a new blend Espinosa planned to introduce at the IPCPR show in 2014:
Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
Laranja Reserva went on to earn Cigar Dojo’s #2 Cigar of the Year for 2014 and is currently Espinosa’s highest scoring blend at Cigar Dojo—earning a 93-point score in 2014 (Robusto Extra size) and a 92-point score in 2016 (DeSocio perfecto size).
Espinosa has carefully expanded on Laranja since its debut, unveiling new and limited versions of the cigar in sought-after sizes such as Laranja Caixa (a box-pressed Churchill), Laranja Volta (Famous Smoke Shop exclusive size), and Laranja DeSocio (Superior Cigars exclusive size). But for 2017, Espinosa has debuted the most deluxe presentation of Laranja to date—offering a very select number of retailers the “Laranja Reserva Special Lounge Assortment,” including 15 Laranja cigars in 3 unique vitolas! All sizes are previously unreleased, showcasing Erik, Erik, Jr., and Hector Alfonso Sr.’s favorite vitolas for the Laranja blend (Lonsdale, Robusto Deluxe, and Piramide, respectively).
Contest Theme: Spring Break
It’s spring break! In the spirit of the bright, lively, and vibrant vegetation returning to our current scenery—a sea of desolate grays—we want to see your spring-themed entries this week. Okay, sure, we “adults” don’t get to celebrate it the way we used to (except for all you teachers out there!), but maybe we can live vicariously through the Dojo community this week and forget about the fact that we still have to work in the morning…
Post your spring break-themed (or lack thereof) cigar contest entries for a chance to win free cigars on the Dojo this week.
To enter the contest:
- Take a photo involving the “spring break” theme
- Post your photo to the Cigar Dojo app
- Include hashtag #springBreak
Our grand prize winner this week will win “the full monty”—an extremely rare box of Espinosa’s Laranja Reserva Special Lounge Assortment! Indeed, only 100 boxes were made, being shipped to a select number of retailers—primarily shops with certified Espinosa lounges. The collection is then (typically) opened for consumers to purchase the exclusive sizes individually; therefore, our winner will be one of the only possessors of a sealed box in the world! All 3 sizes included are unique to this collection and have never been released; including the 5¼” x 58 “Robusto Deluxe,” 6½” x 42 “Lonsdale,” and 6″ x 52 “Piramide.”
We also have a prize for one runner-up winner, who will receive a 5-pack sampler of Espinosa cigars, including:
- Laranja Reserva
- Espinosa Habano
- Espinosa Especial