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Espinosa Murcielgo

Espinosa Murcielgo

el murciélago
Spanish for bat. The bat is the only mammal capable of sustained flight.
Murcielago was introduced in 2009 by Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega when they were United Tobacco. Companies split up and crazy stuff happens. Erik got the Murcielago brand, but not the blend.

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.

First Light
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.


Final Third
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

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