Cigar Dojo and Espinosa Premium Cigars are reuniting to showcase a fresh take on the duo’s offbeat pet project: introducing the Psychedelic Turtle II.
“What are the ingredients of a great blockbuster sequel?” asks Eric Guttormson, owner of Cigar Dojo. “More color, more action, more everything – all the while sprinkling in familiar callbacks to the original… what’s not to love? This is the Psychedelic Turtle II in a nutshell, or halfshell, if we may.”
Psychedelic Turtle II brings back the turtle-pressed shape, with tobaccos from the vaults of A.J. Fernández and his northernmost factory in Ocotal, Nicaragua.
This includes selections from Nicaragua’s Condega, Ometepe and Jalapa growing regions, used throughout the filler, explains Guttormson. The recipe is bound in a Jalapa leaf and finalized with a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper, taking the experience into darker and uncharted territory.
“We released the Psychedelic Turtle in 2019 and it was one of our more unique and fun projects we have collaborated on,” Guttormson says. “We really wanted to revisit the cigar but make it even better, and the Espinosa team came up with a blend that, in my opinion, could be one of their very best.”
Psychedelic Turtle II continues where the original left off, releasing the cigars in multicolored bundles. For this release, the selections are Sublime, Go-Mango, Panther Pink, Top Banana and Plum Crazy. This now continues to the foot decoration, where each bundle contains cigars bound in Sublime, Go-Mango, Turquoise Turtle, Top Banana and Plum Crazy ribbons.
And as with the original 2019 release, Psychedelic Turtle II bundles have randomly been stuffed with the rare “golden ticket” prize of an invite to Espinosa’s 2021 La Zona Palooza festival, held at the company’s headquarters in Hialeah, Florida (*offer for event only, airfare and lodging not included). While there were only three “golden tickets” in the 2019 release, there will be 10 tickets in circulation for Psychedelic Turtle II.
“Just like Sarsaparilla, when the Dojo and Espinosa get together, we make magic,” says Erik Espinosa, owner of Espinosa Premium Cigars. “Here is the new Psychedelic Turtle with a delicious dark wrapper, which makes this Turtle even more funky than before. It’s delicious, and for an extra treat, a ticket to LZP21.”
Psychedelic Turtle II will be offered exclusively through partner and online retailer JR Cigar, with 500 bundles of 10 cigars scheduled to go live on August 6 at 12 noon (Eastern Time). Pricing is set at $89.95 MSRP per bundle, though a 10% off coupon will be made available to Dojoverse.com app members.
Psychedelic Turtle II Breakdown
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Binder: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
Filler: Nicaragua (Condega | Ometepe | Jalapa)
Factory: San Lotano
Production: Limited Edition (5,000 cigars)
Packaging: 10-ct Bundles
Vitola: 5″ x 56 “Turtle Press” Robusto Grande
Price: $89.95 ($9/cigar)
Release: August 6, 2021
Retailer: JR Cigar