Today’s Murcielago is a re-creation of the old blend, at least as closely as Erik and the factory in Nicaragua could determine. 100% per the re-creators of the original, and they could be right.
So the reintroduction of Murcielago by Erik Espinosa of Espinosa Premium Cigars is now re-branded from the classic style band to a very modern one.
The new cigar is made at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.
The red metallic with black band is 1920’s Erte-like in the border design with a modern bat design. Murcielago is, of course, Spanish for bat. The embossed MURCIELAGO finishes off the band.
The Mexican wrapper is a rich, almost matte finish, of a somewhat oily sheen in a chocolate brown. A perfect cold draw with an earthy flavor and a slight sweetness coming through.
Oh yeah, a Mexican San Andreas Wrapper! I love this wrapper. It adds such a rich mellowness to most of the cigars I have smoked with it. I’m getting a medium body with a white pepper kick (amplified on the finish) and some coffee and a pleasant, mild sweetness.
Cruise Control Burn
A nice, even burn with a firm white ash. Draw is just right and a nice volume of light grey smoke. The flavors started out with pepper and leather and have mellowed to a very nice creaminess by the midpoint. Cocoa and dark chocolate are developing as the cigar burns down to the final third. And I do like a chocolate flavor.
Pepper is still hanging in there at just the right level to not overpower that wonderful chocolate note. It is definitely building to a medium plus in strength from the previous two-thirds with even more pepper. Still a well balanced cigar, right down to the nub.
Just the right amount of pepper from start to finish for my taste. Even the build-up of pepper at the end was enjoyable. Easy draw, good burn, no relights, and an evolving flavor profile make this a very, very good cigar and a must try.
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Cigar Smoke Rate: 9.0/10
Size: 5 x 52 Robusto- Noir
- Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas- Capra Negro
- Binder: Mexican
- Filler: Nicaraguan
Available sizes in boxes of 20:
Noir– 5 x 52
La Lune– 6 1/2 x 54
Nocturne– 5 1/2 x 56