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Re+United: Perez-Carrillo And Giannini Make A Cigar

David Savona
Posted: February 11, 2014

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The cigars are cleverly packaged, with a band bearing a cross made from the initials of the men, which are joined by the common middle initial of "P." MPG, for Michael Patrick Giannini, runs from top to bottom, while EPC, for Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, runs from left to right.

Production of this smoke will be limited to 1,500 boxes of 10, and the cigar is expected to be on sale in March. The final price has yet to be determined.

"We went through like six, seven blends," said Perez-Carrillo, puffing away on one of the smokes early yesterday morning. "I can see his palate has stayed as it was before."

"I had a great teacher," said Giannini.

"That's what I hoped you would say," Perez-Carrillo answered, as both men laughed together.

Watching the two men together is intriguing, and they are quite unlike one another. Giannini is a dapper and flashy dresser, with jeweled cufflinks, three-piece suits complete with elaborate pocket squares and scarves, juxtaposed to Perez-Carrillo's dark, simple style, perhaps a sweater and some jeans. Perez-Carrillo has a shaved head, and Giannini has long hair. The box was made to showcase their opposing styles: half is wooden, reflecting Perez-Carrillo's traditional style, the other half made to look like shiny metal, a nod to Giannini's modern flair. At the center is a metal plate.

Technically, the smoke is a joint project between Foundry Cigar Co., a subsidiary of General Cigar charged with developing creative new projects and run by Giannini, and EPC Cigar Co., owned and operated by Perez-Carrillo. The cigars are being distributed by EPC Cigar Co. and rolled at its factory, Tabacalera La Alianza S.A.

Giannini and Perez-Carrillo hinted that the project could someday result in new sizes, should it find a suitable audience. For now, each man is happy to have worked with an old friend on this special smoke.

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JONATHAN DREW — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  February 12, 2014 2:34am ET

It's nice to see the fellas at it again. Very cool.

Antonio Lam — Oradell, NJ, usa,  —  February 12, 2014 12:44pm ET

Looking forward to this. Congratulations...

Best Regards,

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