I am a big fan of concerts. I’ve seen everything from Rush and Boston to Taking Back Sunday and Drake. The highlight of any big concert is always the encore. While die hard fans thoroughly enjoy the deep cuts and small tracks played during the show, the encore is where the big guns come out. While the wait time for an encore varies, I believe E.P. Carrillo might have the record for longest wait time. The Encore has been two years in the making, first showing up in February of 2016. This month, E.P. has finally listened to the masses and released the Encore to the public.

 At first, it was going to be an extension of the La Historia line. While the band shares similarities and Ernesto did make one size for each of his 4 grand children, it seems the comparisons stop there. The Encore is its own line with a unique blend and innovative process. The Nicaraguan puro uses a peculiar process when ageing its coveted wrapper tobacco. In a process called tercios, the wrapper is bundled and tied together using a combination of rope and palm leaves. While I’m not sure of the specific use of this process, it does seem to draw our even more flavor.

 While Ernesto is known as a major Dominican manufacturer, the Encore uses only finally aged Nicaraguan tobaccos. The flavor profile is about as Nicaraguan as they come. It has its hits of pepper, but also deep notes of wood, cedar and leather. There was also a subtle hint of dark coffee with a dash of sweetness that I found really appealing.

 The construction was just as good as I though it would be, coming from a master like Ernesto. The burn on this box press is on point, producing a thick white ash that can last until almost half way. The smoke out put was also intense, which for some may dissuade them from this cigar, while it is something others thoroughly enjoy.

 Don’t leave the concert just yet, it seems as though the team at E.P. Carrillo is just getting warmed up. Pick up your box of the Encore today at Serious Cigars.

POSTED ON Apr 25, 2018


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