The bat is back… again. Murcielago (Spanish for “Bat”) has seen its fair share of changes over the years, including a change in ownership, a change in factories, a new blend, and a rebranding. And for IPCPR 2017, Espinosa has announced further tweaks, as Murcielago has been revamped to include tobaccos from industry icon AJ Fernandez.
Espinosa unveiled earlier this year that production of the brand’s popular 601 line had been moved to AJ’s new San Lotano factory in Ocotál, Nicaragua. Now, only two years after the Murcielago blend was meticulously recreated from scratch by Espinosa’s blending team and reintroduced in new packaging, Espinosa has teamed with AJ once more in an attempt to “restore the original essence of the blend.”
Murcielago will now be produced at the same San Lotano factory, incorporating the same blend of Nicaraguan filler/binder and a Mexican San Andrés wrapper. However, the cigar will now showcase more vintage tobaccos than what has been seen in previous iterations. New packaging is also in the works, with the look described as “a smart and clean design to usher in a new era.” Despite a new look, the cigar retains its box-pressed shape for two of the three sizes expected.
The new Murcielago will most likely be on display at Espinosa’s IPCPR 2017 booth, where more details and visuals are expected to become available to the public.
Murcielago 2017 Breakdown
- Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Factory: San Lotano (Nicaragua)
- Production: Regular Production
- Packaging: 20-ct boxes
- Vitolas: 3
- Price: $8.50 – $8.70
- Robusto: 5″ x 54| $8.50 (MSRP)
- Toro: 6″ x 52| $8.70 (MSRP)
- Rabito: 6½” x 46 (non-box-pressed) | $8.60 (MSRP)
Note: this article originally stated the cigar was re-blended by AJ Fernandez, but it has been confirmed that Murcielago will retain the same blend with tobaccos of greater age.