Espinsa Habano – Cigar Review

This week’s group cigar review is of the Espinosa Habano.  We loved the Proxy #24, so we’re looking forward to trying this one.   It has a nice cedar smell to the wrapper, but two of the samples had wrapper leaf cracks while cutting.  Once lit up it has a sweet creamy and cedary flavor with a fairly strong spice.  There are also lots of subtle flavors that change between puffs.  Later on it develops a really rich earthy flavor.  The different flavors are always well balanced without one dominating the other.  That leads to lots of subtle changes and complexities.  Overall, this is a very enjoyable cigar to smoke.  It’s a very good value and an easy one to recommend, give it a try!

StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 45/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 45/50

IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 46/50


7:40 PM
StraightUpCigars: I love the cedary smell to the wrapper, and a perfect draw. Nice looking wrapper leaf too.
7:43 PM
IamDarren: Im getting a nice cedar smell as well. When i clipped the cap it cracked and most of the cap peeled off but it doesn’t seem to have affected the wrapper or the draw
7:44 PM
IamDarren: looking at the wrapper it does seem a little rough, also got a few small cracks near the foot
7:44 PM
Terry1: Just to clarify I got the right cigar. It’s the one with the elaborate Espinosa band and a La Zona foot band?
7:44 PM
IamDarren: thats the one i got
7:45 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yep.
7:46 PM
IamDarren: im ready to light up
7:46 PM
Terry1: Good. I’m ready to light.
7:46 PM
StraightUpCigars: Me too. Lighting.
7:48 PM
IamDarren: mine is starting off with plenty of spice and pepper, not overwhelming but strong
7:49 PM
StraightUpCigars: Nice coffee and cream flavor on mine, the first couple of puffs were real spicy, but that’s dying down fast.
7:51 PM
Terry1: I’ve got a real nice draw. Wow, first few puffs are very good. Sweetened coffee, spice and cedar. Lots of smoke. I’m liking the start of the Espinosa Habano.
7:52 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine is smoking wonderfully, lots of smoke.
7:53 PM
IamDarren: starting to get a little cream now. Pepper is dying down but the spice is still strong. Definitely liking the sweetness and the spice. Also had a slight bitterness (maybe from the cedar). Reminding me of a good habano flavor profile.
7:55 PM
IamDarren: is this a new cigar company? Haven’t heard much about this one.
7:57 PM
Terry1: Somewhat new. It’s a couple of years old now. Espinosa did the 601 before creating his own brand.
7:58 PM
StraightUpCigars: That ash really holds on tight.
8:00 PM
IamDarren: HEY! I was right, it is a Habano. Love that habano spice. CI just calls it the Espinosa Habano. La Zona is the name of his new factory in Esteli.
8:01 PM
IamDarren: Ash was about 1.25″ so i decided to tap it off in the tray. Held on quite well.
8:02 PM
Terry1: Pepper on mine has mellowed some. I’m liking that sweetness and cedar note. Burn in near perfect.
8:03 PM
StraightUpCigars: This is a well blended stick, lots of subtle flavors and none are overpowering.
8:03 PM
IamDarren: sweet cedar, followed by a light creaminess and finishes with a nice crisp habano spice. Really liking the flavor profile right now.
8:05 PM
IamDarren: Didn’t we also get the Proxy? That is another one of his new blends.
8:07 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, we reviewed that one. Loved it.
8:07 PM
Terry1: Like your description Darren. Agree on the subtle flavors Matt. This cigar has more complexity than what I can describe. Really a nice flavorful cigar.
8:09 PM
Terry1: I’ve smoked several Proxys since our review and it’s a great cigar. Will buy more when I run out.
8:10 PM
IamDarren: his branding is a little confusing. He also make a cigar called La Zona with a much simpler band. He also makes a maduro version of this cigar.
8:11 PM
StraightUpCigars: That is confusing. I’m not a big fan of this band either, looks like a cheesy house blend cigar.
8:13 PM
Terry1: That’s why I made sure I got the right cigar when we started. I have two of the plain La Zona banded cigars and I was confused. That La Zona foot band is not needed.
8:13 PM
IamDarren: reaching the halfway mark and flavors continue to mellow. Spice has faded a little and so has the cedar. Starting to get more of a simple earthy note with some creamy sweetness.
8:14 PM
IamDarren: He must have the same company do his bands that does bands for Rocky Patel….
8:16 PM
StraightUpCigars: Lol, looks like an Alec Bradley band to me.
8:16 PM
StraightUpCigars: I think my favorite band in the industry is the simple brown Kristoff bands.
8:17 PM
IamDarren: my favorite is the Diesel. Simple, elegant, and you remove it before you light up.
8:18 PM
StraightUpCigars: That’s a good one.
8:20 PM
Terry1: I’m going the opposite. I like tasteful elaborate bands like the San Cristobal. I hate bands that cover most of the cigar like the La Sirena.
8:22 PM
StraightUpCigars: The La Sirena band was the worst!
8:23 PM
Terry1: Most important part of any band is how it comes off. I still hate the paper band Leccia is using.
8:24 PM
IamDarren: I think it is a tribute to how well a cigar is made if the band fits perfectly but can still be slid off. I always try to see if a band will slide before i tear it off. Several of AJs cigars (among others) can be slid off.
8:27 PM
IamDarren: burning into the last third and the spice is starting to make a comeback
8:28 PM
Terry1: Past the halfway mark and the cigar is changing for the worst. The draw has tightened up and the smoke volume has been significantly reduced. I’m thinking about snipping a little more off the torpedo head. Flavors are still there but mutted and I’m getting a little bitterness. Maybe tar build up from the restricted draw.
8:29 PM
StraightUpCigars: It does have a real pleasant spice to it. Mine has a bitterness like you mentioned Terry, but it’s not overpowering yet. Luckily I still have a perfect draw.
8:30 PM
IamDarren: torps can sure do that, try a little clip and see if it helps.
8:30 PM
Terry1: Decided not to wait. Clipped a little more off and it’s smoking great again. Draw has opened up again.
8:32 PM
IamDarren: i really wish more cigars were offered in a chisel shape. I love the mouth feel of them and i have never had issues with them plugging up like I have with torps.
8:32 PM
StraightUpCigars: Chisel ands are my favorite too. They must be expensive to manufacture.
8:33 PM
IamDarren: I still keep buying those AJ Cores mainly for that reason. I like the flavor but that shape just makes all the difference.
8:34 PM
IamDarren: What if we could get an Oval Chisel… OH Yeah
8:35 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, I like that idea
8:36 PM
Terry1: Band came off cleanly. The flavors have really changed from how it began. There’s still a hint of sweetness but now I’m getting more of a black coffee and earth flavor. Still a hint of bitterness on the finish. Still okay flavors but I’m not enjoying it as much as I did in the first half.
8:37 PM
StraightUpCigars: My wrapper is split open and the cigar is bulging out. I don’t have a ton left, so it’s not a big deal. I have really enjoyed this one.
8:38 PM
StraightUpCigars: I have smoked it fairly fast tonight
8:39 PM
Terry1: Yeah you must have liked it! I’m just getting into the last third. The head on mine is unraveling a little. I’ll blame the second cut I had to make.
8:40 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, it’s been a good change of pace. It’s no wimp, I’d call it medium-full bodied, but much easier to puff than the last couple.
8:45 PM
Terry1: Pepper is picking up again. Sweetness is more noticable. Flavors are getting better again. I’m starting to feel the nicotine now.
8:46 PM
IamDarren: mine is still holding together but has gotten a little spongy. Got an inch left to go. Getting a rich oak flavor now with some sweetness and spice on the finish.
8:47 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine has a rich earthy core flavor with lots of sweet cream and spice to compliment it. Great flavors here at the end.
8:52 PM
Terry1: I’m near the end. The nub is getting spongy and hot. I liked the flavors in this cigar.
8:53 PM
StraightUpCigars: I set mine down a few minutes ago. The construction gave out on me at the end, but that nice draw through the whole smoke made up for it.
8:54 PM
IamDarren: mine is finishing up. It has heated up a bit from the cigar opening up and getting spongy in the last third. Flavors have still been very good.
8:55 PM
Terry1: So at about $6 a stick is this a good value? I say it was even with the construction issues. Flavors were very nice.
8:56 PM
StraightUpCigars: I certainly think so. I can think of a bunch more expensive sticks that don’t live up to this one.
8:57 PM
IamDarren: agreed, it can be hard to find a great Habano cigar with flavors as well balanced as this one

Sep 2 2014, 7:40 PM
StraightUpCigars: I love the cedary smell to the wrapper, and a perfect draw. Nice looking wrapper leaf too.
Sep 2 2014, 7:43 PM
IamDarren: Im getting a nice cedar smell as well. When i clipped the cap it cracked and most of the cap peeled off but it doesn’t seem to have affected the wrapper or the draw
Sep 2 2014, 7:44 PM
IamDarren: looking at the wrapper it does seem a little rough, also got a few small cracks near the foot
Sep 2 2014, 7:44 PM
Terry1: Just to clarify I got the right cigar. It’s the one with the elaborate Espinosa band and a La Zona foot band?
Sep 2 2014, 7:44 PM
IamDarren: thats the one i got
Sep 2 2014, 7:45 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yep.
Sep 2 2014, 7:46 PM
IamDarren: im ready to light up
Sep 2 2014, 7:46 PM
Terry1: Good. I’m ready to light.
Sep 2 2014, 7:46 PM
StraightUpCigars: Me too. Lighting.
Sep 2 2014, 7:48 PM
IamDarren: mine is starting off with plenty of spice and pepper, not overwhelming but strong
Sep 2 2014, 7:49 PM
StraightUpCigars: Nice coffee and cream flavor on mine, the first couple of puffs were real spicy, but that’s dying down fast.
Sep 2 2014, 7:51 PM
Terry1: I’ve got a real nice draw. Wow, first few puffs are very good. Sweetened coffee, spice and cedar. Lots of smoke. I’m liking the start of the Espinosa Habano.
Sep 2 2014, 7:52 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine is smoking wonderfully, lots of smoke.
Sep 2 2014, 7:53 PM
IamDarren: starting to get a little cream now. Pepper is dying down but the spice is still strong. Definitely liking the sweetness and the spice. Also had a slight bitterness (maybe from the cedar). Reminding me of a good habano flavor profile.
Sep 2 2014, 7:55 PM
IamDarren: is this a new cigar company? Haven’t heard much about this one.
Sep 2 2014, 7:57 PM
Terry1: Somewhat new. It’s a couple of years old now. Espinosa did the 601 before creating his own brand.
Sep 2 2014, 7:58 PM
StraightUpCigars: That ash really holds on tight.
Sep 2 2014, 8:00 PM
IamDarren: HEY! I was right, it is a Habano. Love that habano spice. CI just calls it the Espinosa Habano. La Zona is the name of his new factory in Esteli.
Sep 2 2014, 8:01 PM
IamDarren: Ash was about 1.25″ so i decided to tap it off in the tray. Held on quite well.
Sep 2 2014, 8:02 PM
Terry1: Pepper on mine has mellowed some. I’m liking that sweetness and cedar note. Burn in near perfect.
Sep 2 2014, 8:03 PM
StraightUpCigars: This is a well blended stick, lots of subtle flavors and none are overpowering.
Sep 2 2014, 8:03 PM
IamDarren: sweet cedar, followed by a light creaminess and finishes with a nice crisp habano spice. Really liking the flavor profile right now.
Sep 2 2014, 8:05 PM
IamDarren: Didn’t we also get the Proxy? That is another one of his new blends.
Sep 2 2014, 8:07 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, we reviewed that one. Loved it.
Sep 2 2014, 8:07 PM
Terry1: Like your description Darren. Agree on the subtle flavors Matt. This cigar has more complexity than what I can describe. Really a nice flavorful cigar.
Sep 2 2014, 8:09 PM
Terry1: I’ve smoked several Proxys since our review and it’s a great cigar. Will buy more when I run out.
Sep 2 2014, 8:10 PM
IamDarren: his branding is a little confusing. He also make a cigar called La Zona with a much simpler band. He also makes a maduro version of this cigar.
Sep 2 2014, 8:11 PM
StraightUpCigars: That is confusing. I’m not a big fan of this band either, looks like a cheesy house blend cigar.
Sep 2 2014, 8:13 PM
Terry1: That’s why I made sure I got the right cigar when we started. I have two of the plain La Zona banded cigars and I was confused. That La Zona foot band is not needed.
Sep 2 2014, 8:13 PM
IamDarren: reaching the halfway mark and flavors continue to mellow. Spice has faded a little and so has the cedar. Starting to get more of a simple earthy note with some creamy sweetness.
Sep 2 2014, 8:14 PM
IamDarren: He must have the same company do his bands that does bands for Rocky Patel….
Sep 2 2014, 8:16 PM
StraightUpCigars: Lol, looks like an Alec Bradley band to me.
Sep 2 2014, 8:16 PM
StraightUpCigars: I think my favorite band in the industry is the simple brown Kristoff bands.
Sep 2 2014, 8:17 PM
IamDarren: my favorite is the Diesel. Simple, elegant, and you remove it before you light up.
Sep 2 2014, 8:18 PM
StraightUpCigars: That’s a good one.
Sep 2 2014, 8:20 PM
Terry1: I’m going the opposite. I like tasteful elaborate bands like the San Cristobal. I hate bands that cover most of the cigar like the La Sirena.
Sep 2 2014, 8:22 PM
StraightUpCigars: The La Sirena band was the worst!
Sep 2 2014, 8:23 PM
Terry1: Most important part of any band is how it comes off. I still hate the paper band Leccia is using.
Sep 2 2014, 8:24 PM
IamDarren: I think it is a tribute to how well a cigar is made if the band fits perfectly but can still be slid off. I always try to see if a band will slide before i tear it off. Several of AJs cigars (among others) can be slid off.
Sep 2 2014, 8:27 PM
IamDarren: burning into the last third and the spice is starting to make a comeback
Sep 2 2014, 8:28 PM
Terry1: Past the halfway mark and the cigar is changing for the worst. The draw has tightened up and the smoke volume has been significantly reduced. I’m thinking about snipping a little more off the torpedo head. Flavors are still there but mutted and I’m getting a little bitterness. Maybe tar build up from the restricted draw.
Sep 2 2014, 8:29 PM
StraightUpCigars: It does have a real pleasant spice to it. Mine has a bitterness like you mentioned Terry, but it’s not overpowering yet. Luckily I still have a perfect draw.
Sep 2 2014, 8:30 PM
IamDarren: torps can sure do that, try a little clip and see if it helps.
Sep 2 2014, 8:30 PM
Terry1: Decided not to wait. Clipped a little more off and it’s smoking great again. Draw has opened up again.
Sep 2 2014, 8:32 PM
IamDarren: i really wish more cigars were offered in a chisel shape. I love the mouth feel of them and i have never had issues with them plugging up like I have with torps.
Sep 2 2014, 8:32 PM
StraightUpCigars: Chisel ands are my favorite too. They must be expensive to manufacture.
Sep 2 2014, 8:33 PM
IamDarren: I still keep buying those AJ Cores mainly for that reason. I like the flavor but that shape just makes all the difference.
Sep 2 2014, 8:34 PM
IamDarren: What if we could get an Oval Chisel… OH Yeah
Sep 2 2014, 8:35 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, I like that idea
Sep 2 2014, 8:36 PM
Terry1: Band came off cleanly. The flavors have really changed from how it began. There’s still a hint of sweetness but now I’m getting more of a black coffee and earth flavor. Still a hint of bitterness on the finish. Still okay flavors but I’m not enjoying it as much as I did in the first half.
Sep 2 2014, 8:37 PM
StraightUpCigars: My wrapper is split open and the cigar is bulging out. I don’t have a ton left, so it’s not a big deal. I have really enjoyed this one.
Sep 2 2014, 8:38 PM
StraightUpCigars: I have smoked it fairly fast tonight
Sep 2 2014, 8:39 PM
Terry1: Yeah you must have liked it! I’m just getting into the last third. The head on mine is unraveling a little. I’ll blame the second cut I had to make.
Sep 2 2014, 8:40 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, it’s been a good change of pace. It’s no wimp, I’d call it medium-full bodied, but much easier to puff than the last couple.
Sep 2 2014, 8:45 PM
Terry1: Pepper is picking up again. Sweetness is more noticable. Flavors are getting better again. I’m starting to feel the nicotine now.
Sep 2 2014, 8:46 PM
IamDarren: mine is still holding together but has gotten a little spongy. Got an inch left to go. Getting a rich oak flavor now with some sweetness and spice on the finish.
Sep 2 2014, 8:47 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine has a rich earthy core flavor with lots of sweet cream and spice to compliment it. Great flavors here at the end.
Sep 2 2014, 8:52 PM
Terry1: I’m near the end. The nub is getting spongy and hot. I liked the flavors in this cigar.
Sep 2 2014, 8:53 PM
StraightUpCigars: I set mine down a few minutes ago. The construction gave out on me at the end, but that nice draw through the whole smoke made up for it.
Sep 2 2014, 8:54 PM
IamDarren: mine is finishing up. It has heated up a bit from the cigar opening up and getting spongy in the last third. Flavors have still been very good.
Sep 2 2014, 8:55 PM
Terry1: So at about $6 a stick is this a good value? I say it was even with the construction issues. Flavors were very nice.
Sep 2 2014, 8:56 PM
StraightUpCigars: I certainly think so. I can think of a bunch more expensive sticks that don’t live up to this one.
Sep 2 2014, 8:57 PM
IamDarren: agreed, it can be hard to find a great Habano cigar with flavors as well balanced as this one


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