Since establishing the E.P. Carrillo line, Ernesto Carrillo has been working round the clock to deliver one top-notch blend after the other. It seems like the guy never sleeps. Being the well-oiled machine that he is, E.P. continues his impressive trend with another winning blend, the Cardinal Series. Slated as his most full-bodied cigar to date, prepare thyself for an epic full-bodied experience.
The Cardinal Natural is downright de-lish. Harmoniously fusing strength and flavor, this full-bodied, full-flavored creation dishes out layers of handmade goodness in spades. Cool, billowy smoke greets the senses containing bold notes of red pepper, cedar, leather, and cocoa before an additional note of earth and a semi-sweetness enter the fray. Just as remarkable as its performance is the blend at hand. Staring back at you is a reddish-brown Ecuador Sumatra wrapper, which conceals a core of long-fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican. A feisty recipe growing more and more impressive with each puff, the Cardinal Natural will have you back in line for seconds in no time.
“I rarely write cigar reviews and I'm a seasoned smoker. This is in my top 10 of all time...top 5 for everyday smokes ( not a dog rocket )
Phenomenal flavor profile....full bodied yet very smooth with no harshness. Very long finish with the perfect balance of caramel, saltiness, cocoa and pepper. When I first tried these wasn't to much impressed. 2 months resting in humidor made all the difference.”
SR of Lutz, FL
“I've been smoking cigars for 8 years now, I've sampled many sticks and this is my all time favorite cigar. Never had a favorite cigar before this stick, there were too many good ones out there to pick just one. "Well, I don't have a favorite, but I can give you a top 5...10...20” No dude, this cigar is in my top 1. The first time I've had this cigar, I had dreams about it later for days. The flavor was unlike I've ever had before and I was in shock the whole time while heaven was burning between my fingers. My mouth is watering just thinking of this stick of sticks. Will you have the same experience as me? Most likely not. But more than likely you'll find this cigar to be a good one, and you'll be left satisfied after your time with it.”
NW of Vallejo, CA
“Holy $#!T !! This is the only cigar that I've smoked that is true to "full strength, full body" claims. Honestly fellas, this one is a bit too much for me, and I like full body. Not bad, just overpowered me.”