E.P. Carrillo's Newest Line Combines Maduro and Natural

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.

There are three sizes in the line: Reinados (6 1/4 by 60, $8.60 per cigar); Invictos (5 7/8 by 52, $7.10) and Exquisitos (4 7/8 by 50, $6.35). As with previous Short Run releases from E.P. Carrillo, the cigars will be made in small quantities. There will be 1,000 boxes of each size, packed 24 to the box, for a run of 72,000 cigars.

Cigar Insider recently received a sample of the new cigars. The Exquisitos smoked more like a natural than a maduro, with a mild- to medium-bodied creamy flavor, with some floral elements, and fine balance. The finish was fairly long, with a nutty flavor. The draw and burn were superb.

Look for an official blind tasting of the line in an upcoming issue of Cigar Insider.

This story first appeared in the February 7 issue of Cigar Insider.

"So are you saying this new Short Run smokes like the CAO OSA SOL?" —February 9, 2012 22:34 PM