In todays world it seems like it is all about the latest and greatest. What’s new? That is always the first question. The cigar world is no different. When I was working in shops, Everyday I would get asked “What’s new?”. And that is perfectly ok. In fact, I love trying the newest cigars out on the market as much as the next guy, but every once in awhile it is necessary to dive into the humidor and grab a classic. A tried and true champ that hasn’t been seen in some time. Today I’m diving deep into my humidor and pulling out a San Lotano Oval Maduro 6x60. Now this isn’t the same Oval that is on the market today, but the original release version that flooded the market in 2011.
Collaborations happen. A lot. Look at the music industry, with musical mashups going on since the dawn of recorded vocal tracks and basslines. George Jones and Tammy Wynette were regular collab partners all the way up to Ed Sheeran doing an entire album with a menagerie of collaboration partners. Another industry that is full of resource and talent sharing hookups is the cigar world. Hell, the cigar business could be seen as one big collaboration. Big guys make cigars for little guys, little guys make cigars for big guys and even two completely different brands come together, share their respective tobaccos and blending talents to create new and creative blends for our smoking pleasure.
In modern Western civilization, most cultures have accepted the concept of a monotheistic belief system. Whether you are a follower of Christianity (fist bump to Jesus), believe in Allah and his prophet Muhammed or are of the Jewish faith, there is only one true God. But back in the day, religion wasn’t so simple. Each culture had an entire pantheon of gods looking out for the various aspects of their lives. And these gods are well known, even in today’s society, and make up the many mythologies we study and become familiar with.
When I choose a cigar to review, I try to pick sticks that are easily accessible to the entire cigar smoking community but sometimes exceptions need to be made, especially when it is a cigar that the readers are asking for. The Espinosa Elite Member Exclusive 2020 fits the bill. It’s only available to Espinosa Elite members (more on that to come) and after my first review of the Alpha Dawg I posted a poll in one of the cigar groups I’m in to see what I should review next, and the Member Exclusive won handily.
Every cigar has a story, I’m here to translate that story. OK, It Sounded better in my head, but it is true, every cigar tells a story, and the story changes depending on who’s smoking the cigar. To most, a cigar is just a cigar. A time to sit back, relax and enjoy a couple hours of relaxation and meditation. To others a cigar tells a story of tobaccos from various countries expertly blended together to bring about a pleasing aroma and flavor. Then there are people like me that enjoy cigars like the first two groups of people, but for me there is more to the story of cigars. They are about the people that make them as well as enjoy them. They are about the places where cigars are made as well as the places they are enjoyed. Lastly Cigars are about the events that celebrate them. Today I will tell the story of a cigar that is near and dear to my heart for no other reason than I helped pick the blend for this cigar. The cigar is the Espinosa Alpha Dawg Short Churchill.