“There are two words to describe Las 6 Provincias LHB – “complex” and “unique”. If you like a flavor profile with plenty of nuances and twists and turns, this is going to be the cigar for you. Flavor-wise, it’s different than anything I’ve had out of Espinosa Cigars.”
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: San Lotano
Toro: 6 x 54 (Box Pressed)
Review: Las 6 Provincias LHB by Espinosa Cigars (9/20/18)
Appearances on Countdown (By Year/Company): (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Coming in at #6 is the Las 6 Provincias LHB by Espinosa Cigars. This is the first cigar of a new line introduced by Espinosa Cigars in 2018.
Las 6 Provincias is a line that is intended to pay homage to the pre-Castro era in Cuba. The name Las 6 Provincias means “six provinces” – and it refers to the six provinces that existed prior to the takeover of Cuba by Fidel Castro. There are six planned releases of Las 6 Provinces – with each having a unique blend, size, and associated artwork. The first one is called LHB and it pays homage to the La Habana province. The project was spearheaded by Erik Espinosa Jr, the son of company founder Erik Espinosa. The blend was worked on by Hector Alfonso Sr. at AJ Fernandez’s San Lotano factory. Fernandez acquired the facility almost two years ago. At $16.50, the Las 6 Provincias LHB is Espinosa Cigars’ most premium offering to date.
The Las 6 Provincias LHB secures Espinosa Cigars a spot on the Cigar Coop Countdown for a record-tying sixth consecutive year. It is also the first cigar out of the San Lotano factory to land on a Countdown.
The blend for Las 6 Provincias LHB consists of a Habano 2000 wrapper grown in Ecuador over Nicaraguan binder and filler. The LHB comes in one size – a 6 x 54 box-pressed Toro. There are two packaging options – a standard ten-count box and a unique limited edition 20-count swing box.
The Las 6 Provincias LHB delivers a highly complex flavor profile. Along the way, there are notes of coffee, natural tobacco, chocolate, red pepper, cedar, mineral, earth, and baker’s spice. It’s a cigar that starts out medium strength
Las 6 Provincias is a home run by Espinosa Cigars. It brings the total package of great flavor, lots of complexity, and excellent construction. It stands as one of the company’s best releases to date.
For details of the 2018 Cigar of the Year Countdown, see our 2018 criteria.
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