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New Espinosa Cigar Pays Homage to Pre-Castro Cuba

Jul 1, 2021 | By Gregory Mottola
New Espinosa Cigar Pays Homage to Pre-Castro Cuba
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Espinosa Cigars continues its homage to pre-Revolution Cuba with Las 6 Provincias, a series of limited-edition cigars named after Cuba’s old-time provinces. This year’s release, Las Villas, is the third installment in the line, which debuted in 2018.

Las Villas is named for a former province of Cuba that was divided in the 1970s, part of a rezoning process that took place during the Castro regime. Today, Las Villas consists of Cienfuegos, Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus and southern Matanzas.

The cigars, which measure 5 1/2 inches by 54 ring gauge, are produced in Nicaragua by A.J. Fernandez. They are made entirely from Nicaraguan tobacco, and come packaged in a decorative 10-count box that resembles a curio cabinet. Each individually coffined cigar will have a suggested retail price of $22, or $220 for the box, of which only 1,000 were produced. The interior and exterior were painted by artist Eden Guitierrez.

“We are incredibly happy to continue this homage to our company’s Cuban roots and the Cuba of our forefathers, before Castro took power,” said brand owner Erik Espinosa.

Las Villas is expected to ship in August. While Espinosa Cigars released Las 6 Provincias in 2018 and 2019, the company skipped last year, but plans on releasing three sets over the next few years to represent all six of Cuba’s former provinces and truly live up to the series name.

Espinosa is better known for its brands such as Laranja, the 601 series and, more recently, Warzone, which was named Cigar Aficionado’s No. 13 cigar of 2020.

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