Five years of E.P. Carrillo.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is behind some of the most recognizable brands on the market today. Responsible for crowd pleasers such as La Gloria Cubana and El Rico Habano, he’s been elbow deep in the industry for 30 years, after taking over his father’s Miami-based cigar company in 1980. In 2009, he decided to part ways with Swedish Match, who had purchased his family’s El Credito Cigar Company years earlier. Now, with the encouragement of the next generation of Carrillos, he created the EPC Cigar Company with the intention of creating the next great cigar, and in hopes of establishing a legacy that he can pass on to his children as his father did for him.
His newest release was made to commemorate the company’s 5th anniversary, and it is simply titled EPC Fifth Year Anniversary Limitada. As the name implies, this is a limited production cigar with a maximum of 3,000 boxes produced. With a blend as tasty as this, I recommend you start buying excessively – and quickly. An Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper hugs an Ecuadorian Criollo binder, and it’s all accented by a bevy of bold Nicaraguan long-fillers. Sweet notes of caramel, cedar, and earth alternate in intensity, and there’s a mild spice that becomes apparent on the retrohale. Complex and boasting a flawless construction, this is one limited release that you can really sink your teeth into.