Previously available only in limited quantities, the new E.P. Carrillo Dusk is finding its way into more and more cigar shops. The brand first launched at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show last year, but was only available at select retailers. Now the company has received more shipments of Dusk from its factory in the Dominican Republic, and has enough inventory to fully distribute the cigars.
"We had limited quantities after the IPCPR [trade show], so we tried to send out what we had and distribute all over the country, but again in limited quantities," Lissette Perez-Carrillo of EPC Cigar Co. explained to Cigar Aficionado. "We received more boxes from the factory in December and kicked up the promotion of it in January 2017."
Dusk wears a dark, chocolate-brown Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and contains an Ecuadoran binder and filler tobacco from Nicaragua. The cigar comes in four sizes: Robusto, at 5 inches by 50 ring ($6.80); Stout Toro, 6 by 52 ($7.60); Obscure, 7 by 54 ($8.40); and Solidos, 6 by 60 ($9.10).
Asked about the inspiration behind the cigar, Perez-Carrillo told Cigar Aficionado that Dusk was blended by her father, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, in tribute to another cigar industry legend: Silvio Perez, a tobacco grower and broker who once headed A.S.P. Enterprises Inc.
"E.P. Carrillo Dusk is a tribute to Silvio Perez of A.S.P., who first introduced Ernesto to Nicaraguan tobacco from the famed farm in Estelí, Nicaragua," Perez-Carrillo said.
The name of the cigar, on the other hand, is simply a tribute to the time of day Ernesto enjoys sitting outside to smoke.
E.P. Carrillo Dusks are packaged in 20-count boxes and are rolled at the Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. factory in the Dominican Republic.
This article first appeared in the February 21 edition of Cigar Insider.