Ernesto Perez-Carrillo has been making cigars for a long time. He learned his craft from his father, working in Little Havana at their tiny factory called El Credito Cigars, the birthplace of the non-Cuban La Gloria Cubana. That smoke became one of the first true hits of the cigar boom, and grew into something far larger. Later Perez-Carrillo sold his business to Swedish Match AB, and in March 2009 he resigned from the company to forge a new cigar business with his son and daughter: EPC
Cigar Co. He has come out with four cigars since 2009: the E.P. Carrillo Short Run, his so-called “core” line, and two limited editions, one each year. The E.P. Carrillo Elencos Limited Edition is his newest, and perhaps his best, a sweet and savory smoke that combines flavors of caramel and leather. The only flaw with this cigar is its rarity—the company is only making 1,000 boxes, each containing 10 cigars. Perez-Carrillo is back in a big way.