Cigar Review: EP Carrillo Core Line

Size: 4 7/8×50, Encantos

Wrapper: Ecuadorian

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican

Strength: Medium/ Full

Price: Box of 20, $115.95

Grade: 9.3

Today we toast the highly anticipated third release from The EPC Cigar Company. Here is a bit of information on the company from one of our previous reviews:

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is best known for the La Gloria Cubana brand. Having a desire to involve his son Ernie and daughter Lissette in the industry, he left General Cigar Company after 9 years and began work on a family business, EPC Cigar Company. “Ernesto’s factory is located in the Dominican. In April 2009, he signed a lease on a 40,000 square foot stand-alone building in Santiago’s Zona Franca, and immediately began the construction of his dream factory, which he named Tabacalera La Alianza (source).

The “Core” line was released this year at IPCPR in New Orleans and features a blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos encased in an Ecaudorian wrapper. This line is meant to be the regular production cigar for the EPC Cigar Company and is priced between six and nine dollars per stick, depending on which of the six sizes you select: Churchill Especial (7 1/8×49), Club 52 (5 7/8×52), Encantos (4 7/8×50), Golosos (6.25×60), Predilectos Torpedos (6 1/8×52), and Regalias Real (5 5/8x 46) are the options offered. We have reviewed two other EPC cigars on Toasted Foot. The Short Run, which can be viewed here, and the E.P. Carrillo Edicion Inaugural 2009,  viewed here.

I picked up these sticks for review from Buckhead Cigar.

Now, on to the toast!

Pre-light, 1.8:
Picking up the Encantos, the first thing I notice is how well constructed this cigar is. The brown wrapper is in great shape with just a hint of tooth in between the fingers. The cigar is well packed with no soft spots and on top of the head is a cap that is constructed extremely well. The pre-light aroma is of light tobacco but as I move towards the foot, the notes turn to a  more mature tobacco with a hint of light spice.

Burn, 1.9:
Cut, toasted, and lit, the E.P. Carrillo has a fantastic draw that produces plenty of smoke. The ash layers nicely and holds well past an inch, which is where I usually let them go in the tray as opposed to my shirt. The cigars required no touch up or re-lights and the smoke temperature was excellent throughout.  This is one of the most well constructed cigars I have smoked in a long time.

Flavor, 2.8:
The first puff on the Encantos produces a base of solid tobacco that is somewhat creamy, with just a hint of light spice. Into the second third the notes firm up a bit and the tobacco seems to take on a woody profile, with the spice staying in the background. Into the second third, the spice is more present and there are a variety of notes competing for attention. I cannot identify them all, but it was a nice blend of cedar, dried fruits, and lively tobacco.  The last third finds a bit more spice introduced into the mix, but the cigar is still well balanced and I hate to see this one end.

Overall, 2.8:
This is yet another solid offering from E.P. Carrillo and family. The cigar leans more toward medium body to me, but is full of flavor. The finish is solid throughout and the cigar is consistent from start to finish. I recommend this smoke and you will probably be seeing it in a 2010 Top 10 list here and there.

(Total: 9.3)