Smoke Inn has announced its 18th MicroBlend will come from Espinosa Cigars. It’s called Cage the Dawg and its the third time Espinosa Cigars has teamed up with Smoke Inn for a Microblend joining the 601 La Bomba Bunker Buster and 601 La Bomba Bunker Buster FUBAR.
The name comes from Espinosa Cigars’ owner Erik Espinosa’s moniker “The Alpha Dawg.” For a while the company had a regular production line called Alpha Dawg. The Cage the Dawg is described as a “new chapter to the Alpha Dawg.” Leveraging a combination of tobacco sorting and leaf positioning within the cigar, Cage the Dawg was blended to offer two unique smoking profiles in one cigar. Cage the Dawg highlights the cigar’s filler tobaccos on the initial draw and across the palate, while the wrapper takes center stage through the retrohale.
“It’s almost like two distinct smoking experiences: first the sweetness of filler, followed by the woody and peppery taste of the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Two unmistakable, delicious flavors in one cigar,” commented Erik Espinosa in a press release.
Cage the Dawg features an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper over all-Nicaraguan binder and fillers from the Jalapa and Condega regions of Nicaragua. The cigars were rolled in a singular 6″ x 52 toro format and packaged in 1ten-count paper bundles. Production was limited to 3,000 cigars total (300 bundles). The cigars are priced at $9.50/cigar MSRP, and will debut through smokeinn.com on Wednesday, Oct. 5th at 12pm Eastern.
The MicroBlend Series was launched in 2010 and is a collection of small batch releases that Smoke Inn teams up with leading cigar manufacturers to produce. For completeness, we list the full Smoke Inn MicroBlend Series releases:
- Tatuaje Anarchy
- Padron 1964 Anniversary SI 15 (Maduro and Natural)
- My Father El Hijo
- Arturo Fuente Solaris
- Tatuaje Apocalypse
- Room 101 Big Delicious
- Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel
- 601 La Bomba Bunker Buster by Espinosa Cigars
- Illusione PACTUM
- The Pope of Greenwich Village by Drew Estate
- Smoke Inn 20th Anniversary by Davidoff
- Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Red Meat Loves Club
- MoyaRuiz Hand Gripper
- 601 La Bomba Bunker Buster FUBAR by Espinosa Cigars
- Tatuaje Anarchy Kaos
- Anonymous by AJ Fernandez
- Herrera Estelí – The Raji by Drew Estate
- Cage the Dawg by Espinosa Cigars
Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: La Zona
Toro: 6 x 52