The TAA exclusive from EPC Cigar Co. is heading to retailers this week and it’s a pretty hefty smoke. The E.P. Carrillo La Historia TAA 656 is a 6 inch by 56 ring gauge cigar made just for members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America.
Like the rest of the line, the La Historia TAA 656 consists of a dark, Mexican wrapper, Ecuadoran binder and filler from Nicaragua. It’s the same blend as the La Historia E-III—Cigar Aficionado’s No. 2 cigar for 2014—only this new smoke is two ring gauges thicker.
According to brand owner Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, who’s known in the industry for his large ring-gauge formats, the bigger size “adds a whole new dimension to the La Historia blend.”
The cigars were originally slated for a May release, so they’re about one month late. They come in 10-count boxes, retail for $11.50 each and are made in the Dominican Republic at Perez-Carrillo’s La Alianza factory, the same facility that produces the E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic, Cigar Aficionado’s 2018 Cigar of the Year.