Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the longtime maker of La Gloria Cubana cigars and one of the best known names in the premium cigar business, is leaving the General Cigar Co./Swedish Match AB umbrella. He will officially leave the company on March 15.
Owner, El Credito Cigar Co., makers of La Gloria Cubana, La Hoja Selecta, El Rico Habano and Dos Gonzales cigars.
Crowned Heads LLC, the Nashville, Tennessee, cigar company formed by former executives from C.A.O., has joined with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the veteran cigarmaker who once rolled La Gloria Cubana cigars in Miami. Perez-Carrillo is going to make Four Kicks, the first cigar for Crowned Heads.
I’m always happy when Ernesto Perez-Carrillo comes to New York. I’ve known him since my early days at Cigar Aficionado , and El Credito Cigars in Miami was the first cigar factory I ever visited. On that first meeting, he welcomed me with a baggie of unbanded lonsdales that blew me away with power, spice and flavor.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the man who once made La Gloria Cubanas in Miami, has launched his second E.P. Carrillo Short Run cigar. The smokes are on their way to cigar stores now.
Two of the world's best-known cigarmakers have joined ProCigar, the association of Dominican cigar exporters.
Being in Little Havana just isn’t complete without a visit to Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the maker of La Gloria Cubana cigars. I stopped by El Credito Cigars, his cigar factory and shop on Calle Ocho, near the corner of 11th Avenue, earlier this week for some lunch and a chat about cigars.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the longtime maker of the La Gloria Cubana brand, has finally begun shipping his regular production cigar line, and it opened to a big score in Cigar Insider.
Five years ago, almost to the month, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo left the La Gloria Cubana brand and his longtime associate Michael Giannini. Perez-Carrillo went on to start a new cigar company, EPC Cigar Co., while Giannini stayed at La Gloria's parent company General Cigar. Both have thrived in their current ventures, and both remained friendly over the years. This week, the two men sat down in New York City with Cigar Aficionado to share surprising news. The two friends have come together again to collaborate on a new cigar. The smoke, called Re+United, is made with tobaccos from both men, and is the result of their working and blending together, just like in the old days.
Caldwell Cigar Co., known for its imaginatively titled cigar releases such as Eastern Standard and Long Live the King, is launching three new cigar lines next week at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show in Las Vegas. The new brands are called Midnight Express, Eastern Standard Dos Firmas and Savages. The company has also teamed up with cigarmaker Ernesto Perez-Carrillo to create a fourth line called Anastasia, which started shipping to U.S. retailers last week.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr., former owner of the iconic La Gloria Cubana cigar brand, recently released a follow-up to his new cigar brand. It's not his core line, as expected, but a small-batch production brand known as EP Carrillo Short Run.
The EPC Cigar Co. first broke into the European cigar market two years ago, and now company owner Ernesto Perez-Carrillo wants to show his appreciation to retailers there in the best way possible: with new cigars. New Wave Reserva and E.P. Carrillo Cabinet debuted at last weekend's InterTabac tobacco trade show, held in Dortmund, Germany, and they are slated for release in Europe in October. Perez-Carrillo confirmed that the new lines will appear in U.S. cigar shops later in the year.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, best known for working with Cuban seed and other fuller flavored tobaccos, is looking to the cigar world's mildest leaf, Connecticut shade, for his newest project.
Some people can't get enough golf. Others sit and stare when they see a rare car. For Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, his obsession is tobacco. While this is a fondness found with many in the cigar industry, Perez-Carrillo has a particularly hard time saying "No" when he sees a bale of tobacco leaf he likes, even if it doesn't make sense for his production at Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
If you're looking for a draw-testing machine at Ernesto Perez-Carrillo's Tabacalera La Alianza factory in the Dominican Republic, you're wasting your time. "If you need a draw tester, than you shouldn't be making cigars," he said succinctly. He didn't just say it to me, but to an entire group of attendees at the ProCigar Festival. The tour of his factory was one of many being offered at this week's Dominican Cigar fest.
Next month, fans of the annual, limited-edition E.P. Carrillo Short Run cigars will have a new installment with a new look and a new blending concept.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo has been slowly increasing the breadth of his product line, but there was one thing missing—a maduro. This week at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show, he unveiled his version of a maduro cigar, and it's shipping at the end of next week to cigar stores.
Cigarmaker Ernesto Perez-Carrillo has just released the E.P. Carrillo Cardinal Series, and he claims that it’s the strongest, most full-bodied cigar in his entire brand portfolio. His company handed out samples of the new blend over the summer during the IPCPR trade show, and the cigars began shipping to tobacconists last week. “We wanted to round out the E.P. Carrillo portfolio with a full-body cigar, and this is how the Cardinal Series came about,” said Perez-Carrillo. “It is a blend of tobaccos from three different farms in Nicaragua.” Cardinal comes in two varieties: natural, which is made with an Ecudador Sumatra wrapper, and maduro, with a darker Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Both use bold, Nicaraguan filler tobaccos and come in three sizes: Cardinal 52, 5 inches by 52 ring; Cardinal 54, 6 by 54; and Cardinal 56, 5 1/2 by 56. They retail from $7.25 to $8.75 and are packaged in striking scarlet boxes of 20.
The 2015 Short Run, a small-batch cigar series from Ernesto Perez-Carrillo's EPC Cigar Co., is making its way to cigar stores now, weeks after the company released two formerly European-exclusive brands to the U.S. market.
First shipments of the new EP Carrillo Edición Inaugural cigar were sent out on December 2 to retailers across the United States. The new brand is the first undertaking of legendary cigar maker Ernesto Perez-Carrillo since parting ways with General Cigar.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the man behind the E.P. Carrillo brand and the former maker of La Gloria Cubana cigars, is coming out with a new Short Run cigar. The new release, which will ship to retailers beginning in two to three weeks, will combine elements of the company’s New Wave Connecticut (which features a light-hued natural wrapper) and the company’s Core Maduro, a dark smoke wrapped in hearty Connecticut broadleaf. The new cigar, called E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012, takes a light Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper (the same found on the New Wave Connecticut) and combines it with Connecticut broadleaf binder (the wrapper from the Core Maduro line). The filler is also from Core Maduro, a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican leaves.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and the EPC Cigar Co. are winding down 2013 with one last cigar: the Edición Limitada 2013, which is shipping now. The 2013 E.L. blend is composed of Nicaraguan filler leaf and a double binder of Nicaraguan and Brazilian origin, all capped with a Mexican San Andrés wrapper. The company describes the blend as medium to full in strength. It comes in one size: a 6 1/8 inch by 54 ring gauge Toro.
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