Cigar Review: Espinosa Murcielago Nocturne

Cigar Review: Espinosa Murcielago Nocturne

Espinosa Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexico (Capa Negra)
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 5 1/2” x 56
Strength: medium-full
Price: $9.50

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Overall Rating: 9.0

In 2009, Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega’s EO Brands started the recent Mexican San Andres trend with the release of the Don Pepín blended Murcielago. Since that time, Erik and Eddie dissolved their partner and then went on to pursue their separate projects. Although Pepîn kept the blend, Espinosa kept the name. For years, Erik has been trying to (for lack of a better way of putting it) “reverse engineer” the original blend. Anyone who has spent any amount of time hanging out or playing poker with Erik has heard him speak of his desire to rerelease what was one of his personal favorite cigars. Finally, six years after the initial release, the bat is returning to retailers shelves.

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The new Murcielago has been painstakingly recreated at Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. What’s amazing is how much the Murcielago manages to taste like the original while having a certain character of its own. Once again, Espinosa’s La Zona Factory has proven that they are among the best factories in the business. The new Murcielago is a very good medium to full bodied cigar that is sure to be another hit for Espinosa.

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Pre-Light: The new Murcielago features a new updated version of the original band. This time around the bat logo looks a bit more Batman like, and is set off nicely against the metallic red background. The San Andres wrapper is very dark, and brings to mind nighttime images. Dry to the touch, there is a matte like character to the deep dark chocolate wrapper. The box pressing on the new Murcielago is more rounded (bundle pressed) than the original, making it much more comfortable in the hand and on the lips.

The San Andres wrapper of the Espinosa Murcielago has powdered cocoa and barnyard aroma to it. From the unlit foot there is a mix of sweet cocoa, earth and wood. A firm cold draw allows through a mix of sweet flavors including cocoa, wood, nuts and dark cherries.

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Burn: A great easy draw lets through a good amount of smoke. The burn on two of the four I smoked could be slightly uneven at times, but never got to the point of needing correction.

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Flavor: The Murcielago Nocturne begins with some distinct dirt like earth notes. Soon, a pleasing mix of cocoa, earth and creamy coffee begins to dominate the cigar’s profile. There’s an extremely mild black pepper that is noticeable in the background. At the transition to the second third of the cigar, cedar and nuts join the existing flavors. On the retrohale, there is a a very pleasing chocolate brownie note. The coffee and cocoa remain strong throughout the second third of the cigar with earth and nuts in the background. There’s a creamy sweetness that begins during the end of the second third of the Murcielago Nocturne. The transition to the last third see the earthiness come back to the forefront of the Murcielago. Black pepper begins becomes more noticeable on the palate during the final third of the cigar. The cigar finishes with a mix of earth, dark chocolate, mild black pepper and nut flavors.

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Overall: Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory has been making some truly great cigars of late, including the Laranja which was ToastedFoot #2 Cigar of 2014 and Cigar Aficionado‘s highest rated cigar (so far) of 2015. (See my earlier Laranja review.) With the new Murcielago, La Zona has once again produced a great cigar. It is one of the best uses of a San Andres wrapper you can find. Full of flavor, well constructed and reasonably priced, the Murcielago will definitely please medium to full bodied cigar enthusiasts. The Murcielago (both old and new) seem to invite Batman references simply due to the cigar’s theming. The original was a great cigar the was ahead of it’s time, much like the 1989 Michael Keaton Batman movie. The new Espinosa Murcielago is a great cigar that pays homage to the past while being a labor of love with one man at the helm, much like the 2008’s The Dark Knight. Personally, I will regularly be visiting and revisiting the Espinosa Murcielago.

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Pairing: The Murcielago pairs very well with a cappuccino or Cuban coffee. Rum drinkers will be quite happy with how well the Murcielago pairs with a good sipping rum.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)