Espinosa Laranja Azulejo Robusto Extra
Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra
Binder: Brazil Arapiraca
Vitola: Robusto Extra
The Espinosa Laranja Azulejo has a beautiful dark wrapper with seamless construction and little to no veins. The wrapper has an almost barnyard-like aroma with a touch of sweetness and is coarse to the touch, as if it were rough leather. The cold draw has a touch of sweetness, and the overall construction of this cigar feels great.
The initial light gives off a touch of spice that quickly mellows down into notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, and a slight cedar. The dark chocolate note is very heavy, a slightly bitter dark chocolate but still very creamy. The coffee bean notes in this first third are very heavy, and the cedar note is reminiscent of the aroma of opening a nice Spanish cedar humidor. This is a dark cocoa-heavy cigar and is very enjoyable and dessert-like.
Moving onto the second third, I have noticed that this cigar is burning perfectly, and I have had zero touch-ups. If you were wanting to have a cigar you could just light up and not worry about, this would be it. It has transitioned slightly and lost the cedar note and now picked up a more dark fruit-like note that is comparable to a black cherry. It still has the notes of dark chocolate, but the slight bitterness that was there in the first third is now gone and has moved to this velvety dark cocoa smoke with hints of dark fruit and a touch of coffee.
The last third is now mainly just black coffee. This would definitely be a great morning cigar if you can handle a medium-full cigar. This cigar is a treat, very complex and intense, and the flavor is definitely not lacking. The dessert notes are fantastic, and this Azulejo is just a flavor bomb. I would highly recommend this to anybody. The closer I got to the end of the cigar, the final notes of dark chocolate were fantastic.
This cigar was given to me by Tony Gomez of Espinosa Cigars, a great guy representing a great cigar company.