Espinosa Habano No. 4

Espinosa Habano No. 4

Rank: 11
Rating: 93
Price: $7.10
Made By: La Zona Cigars S.A.
Factory Location: Nicaragua
Dimensions: 5 1/2" by 50 ring gauge
Filler: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador

Ever since the Espinosa Habano line was repackaged and slightly reblended in 2015, the No. 4 size has scored at least 92 points every time it’s been rated. This year was no exception. Slightly longer than a robusto, but a little shorter than a typical toro, the No. 4 is made at La Zona in Nicaragua, along with the rest of the line.

It’s the namesake cigar of brand owner Erik Espinosa and owes its complex flavor profile to the blend of hearty Nicaraguan tobacco and a lush Ecuador Habano wrapper, which isn’t too dark nor too light, but the perfect reddish shade of colorado. The smoke is driven by a persistent leathery core framed by a procession of vanilla, baking spices and brown sugar.