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An Interview with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo

Owner, El Credito Cigar Co., makers of La Gloria Cubana, La Hoja Selecta, El Rico Habano and Dos Gonzales cigars.
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
James Woods, May/Jun 97

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Carrillo: No, the wrapper is Connecticut shade. We use Connecticut shade wrapper for both La Hoja Selecta and Dos Gonzales.

CA: You use Ecuadoran wrapper on La Gloria Cubana and El Rico Habano. Is that because you've been working with it a long time?

Carrillo: That's it. The Ecuadoran wrapper we've been using since '68, since my father started the company in Miami. When we came out with the other two brands, La Hoja Selecta and Dos Gonzales, I wanted to use something else for people who like a Connecticut shade wrapper. It's a very good wrapper and a lot of people like that. For El Rico and La Gloria, we've been using the Ecuadoran wrapper from the beginning.

CA: If you're going to do 7 million-plus cigars in 1997, do you have a five-year plan? At what point do you reach a maximum production level, or is it a continuous growing process?

Carrillo: I said 7 million, because that's the amount of tobacco I am going to get this coming year. I'm sure that we could double that if we had the tobacco. But the situation being as it is now with tobacco that's hard to get, we really don't know how much is going to be available. For that amount of cigars, I know I'm fine.

CA: Given the pressure on shipping, from the time that you roll a cigar until you ship it, how much aging does it get?

Carrillo: In the Dominican Republic we give the cigars a minimum of 14 to 21 days before we ship.

CA: In Miami?

Carrillo: No. No.

CA: By comparison. How much?

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