The Bat is back! Originally hailing from the partnership between Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega that ended in 2012, Epinosa has decided that the nocturnal mammal needed to be back on shelves and in consumer’s hands. Now being produced solely by Epinosa from his La Zona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, the reincarnated Murcielago (Bat is Spanish) has new packaging and a new attitude.
Wrapper: San Andreas Maduro
Binder: San Andreas
Vitola for eval: 5.5 x 56
Slight box press, easy to hold in hand. Great construction with a smooth dark brown wrapper. There are a couple of large veins in the 2 I smoked, but the San Andreas wrapper is surprisingly smooth to the touch and far less course looking than the San Andreas wrappers I’ve seen before.
It begins with a small amount of pepper in the retrohale and provides the nose with a slight tingle. Very loose draw on the first I smoked and a slightly tighter one on the second…however still pleasant, allowing me to get a good draw on it. Both were cut with my Xikar slim cutter with the cap place on a tabletop to ensure that my cut was uniformed and even for both.
Performance was a pleasure watching a sharp orange line against the dark, chocolate wrapper. There were some sugary notes, almost honey like that took over the spiciness in the first third of the cigar. As I smoked into the midway point, my Murcielagos picked up some buttery notes and a slight cream. There was still enough pepper lingering to make it honest, offering a nice contrast yet compliment in flavors.
A well-balanced cigar, the newly reengineered Murcielago was a very pleasant and flavorful smoke. Offering a nice amount of strength (I’d say closer to full than medium), the cigar did leave me feeling a little batty…though I didn’t realize it until I stood up and walked around a bit. This may not be the stick for those that like tons of spice from their Mexican tobacco, but if you enjoy great performance, quality construction and tons of flavor, I think this one will be one you’ll enjoy for around $9 retail.
Cigars for this eval were purchased at Smoker’s Abbey in Nashville, TN.