Review of Laranja Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Laranja cigars are made by Erik Espinosa in his La Zona cigar factory located in Nicaragua, with a blend of Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. This cigar's Brazilian wrapper has a slightly orange hue, hence the name Laranja (Portuguese word for orange). These cigars are available in three sizes, including a Robusto Extra that measures 5½ inches in length with a ring gauge of 54. The price for a single is $10.50, but as usual, a better deal can be had in 5-packs which sell for about $47.
The Laranja Robusto Extra had a sweet and spicy flavor at the start, but a few brief sour notes emerged after a few puffs. The body was medium-to-full. About 10 minutes into the smoke, the taste started to become more leathery, but then turned creamy and smooth with a hint of sweetness returning. However, the leather taste quickly came back and remained the predominant flavor for the duration of the smoke.
The Laranja cigar was very well made and had a great draw, even burn, and held a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were required during the 50 minutes that it took me to smoke the cigar down to two inches remaining. I rate this cigar with a very respectable 3.5 points on a 5-point scale. Considering the price point of this cigar, I would still recommend Erik Espinosa's value-priced La Zona Habano cigar that I reviewed a couple of years ago on About.com, over this more recent and more expensive Laranja blend. As the saying goes, to each his own!