It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Espinosa Reggae Dread. This stout cigar comes in at a hefty 6 x 56 and displays little stringy “dreads” out of the cap. It is an extension to the regular Reggae line and features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper on top of a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. The cigar retails for $12.
The wrapper produces an earthy barnyard aroma, while I smell cedar out of the foot. The cold draw offers me cedar as well. Once lit, I get some cinnamon with light cedar and earth. Through the nose, I find sweet cocoa. The finish gives me light white pepper and cinnamon.
Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up cinnamon, toast, and black pepper. Through the nose, a nuttiness blends with floral notes. The finish hits me with sweet caramel on top of white pepper and citrus. Strength and body settle in at a steady medium.
The second third gets me to one hour. More black pepper and cinnamon take over the draw. On the retro-hale, I get a blend of toast and almond. The final third offers up notes of gingerbread alongside white pepper. There is no change to strength or body.
The final third finishes at one hour and thirty minutes. I find citrus on the draw with meaty earth and some black pepper. Through the nose, a sweet nuttiness takes over with notes of wheat. The finish is dominated by white pepper alongside undertones of floral notes and toast. Strength and body finish out at a medium plus.
The Espinosa Reggae Dread is a wonderful cigar with lots of great flavors. There is a solid amount of complexity with smooth smoke. Construction was pretty good on the sample I reviewed, though I did have a bit of a wrapper explosion towards the end of the cigar. That wasn’t a big issue, and I’ve not had issues with any others I’ve smoked. I highly recommend giving this one a go. It’s a unique treat!