Good afternoon Ruffian family and happy National Cigar day. Today we’re going to take a look at the Espinosa Cigars Presents Comfortably Numb 2. I’ll be honest, even being a huge cigar geek, I had not even heard of this cigar until it was sent in the mail to me by the Prez himself. Even that being said, the few hours of surfing the web, not much was available, and what I did find had a lot of contradictions. What I could find was that this had a corojo ligero wrapper with Nicaraguan and Honduran ligero fillers. It was made in just the one size, 6×52 toro and made by Erik Espinosa at La Zona factory. I couldn’t find when this was first released to the market, but all signs point to 2019-2020. This cigar has an MSRP of $8.60 and from what I could find, isn’t too widely available in the present market. Enough with the filler, let’s get to the reason you’re here.
At first glance, this cigar has a dark brown wrapper with a lot of veins that stand out much lighter than the wrapper itself. It almost reminds me of Liga Privada T52 in the way of appearance. I use my Palio straight cut to nip the cap and get a sense of the cold draw. The cold draw has a graham cracker sweetness that I hope comes through when I finally light this bad boy up. The cigar has a perfect resistance in the draw, so let’s set this guy on fire. I use a cedar spill to toast and finally light the cigar fully.
The first thing I get is a crazy smoke output. It’s not quite Nica Rustica level, but it sure is close. There is a lot of caramel right off the bat with a bit of cinnamon that lingers a bit on the tongue. The retrohale has quite a bit of white pepper that makes me sneeze instantly on the first draw. If this is a sign of things to come, this may end up in the full strength range sooner rather than later. Moving further in, it has like a french toast with syrup sweetness that lingers. By the end of the third, it is burning perfectly and is about medium in strength and flavor.
Slowly moving into the 2nd third, a weird soap flavor hits the palate. It’s not pleasant, to say the least. I hope this is because of the tunnel that started up after I ashed it. After a few minutes of letting the cigar sit, I have fixed the issue with the tunnel and the soap flavor has subsided for the time being. A mix of toast and dried cherry are coming to the front now and the white pepper on the retrohale has not calmed down as I get further in. Luckily the soap flavor is completely gone as I moved toward the end of the third. The draw is still good and the burn has not waivered since the beginning. 2nd third ends at a full-strength with a medium flavor.
As we start to wrap up the end of the cigar, the retrohale still stands out as the focus of this cigar. Sharp white pepper is still quite potent with a bit of cinnamon to make it less intense. A nice wheated bourbon flavor is coming through and I was wishing it would
have shown itself earlier. A metallic flavor starts to kick in with about half an inch left, so I decide to pop it into the ashtray and salute the dead soldier. Total smoking time was 1 hours and 30 minutes.
So, quite a lot to dissect with this cigar. A boatload of transitions, which is a great thing in my opinion. However, the changes did not seem to line up with the other flavors, making it kind of like choppy waves on a calm day. I wish the wheated bourbon flavor would have come to light earlier in the cigar, as well as the graham cracker that I got on the cold draw. The soapy flavor that came through in the 2nd third was quite the turnoff, but fortunately, it didn’t last long enough to damper the cigar. With that all being said, the T Money score is 3.5 out of 5, rebuy 5 pack.
For the price, this is a cigar worth seeking out. Tons of flavors with many transitions to keep you on your toes throughout the duration of this cigar. The retrohale packs a punch, so I would not suggest it for the mild to medium cigar smokers and not on an empty stomach if you’re prone to nicotine sickness. With all of that being said, it was a quality stick that if you can find one or 5, give it a shot. Share one with a friend, a family member, or even a stranger. Remember to do something nice for someone and treat everyone like family.
Wrapper – Nicaraguan
Binder – Nicaraguan
Filler – Honduran and Nicaraguan
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 pints.