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An Earnest 50 Years

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, one of the true masters of tobacco, has been making cigars for five decades
By Gregory Mottola | From Stranger Things Star David Harbour, September/October 2020
An Earnest 50 Years
Photo/Peter Garritano
After five decades in the cigar business, there isn’t much that Ernesto Perez- Carrillo hasn’t done. He sits here in the aging room of his factory in the Dominican Republic.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. has searching for the right words to sum up every right to be cocky. After five decades as succinctly as possible and five decades in the cigar busi- then looks back into the screen. ness, his name resonates “I’ve achieved so much without ever throughout the industry as a beloved, well- really looking for it,” he says, though he respected figure whose distinguished career lead him, in 2018, to the highestaward any cigarmaker can receive— Cigar Aficionado ’s Cigar of the Year. He’s also been inducted into the Cigar Aficionado Hall of Fame, turned a local Miami cigar into a national brand and continues to produce cigars at his own factory on …
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