EP Carillo Inch Natural CigarsThe EP Carrillo Inch Natural cigar is one more extra-large stick to add to the monster stogie fest that’s gripped the industry recently. It comes in two wrapper styles - natural and maduro, and is getting positive attention from reviewers in the community.

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the smoke’s creator, said that it was created in response to demand from consumers to create sticks with larger ring gauges. Stogies are trending bigger and bigger, and this is a continuation of that trend. The EP Carrillo Inch Natural cigar comes in three vitolas that all have at least a 60 ring gauge: the No. 60 (5 7/8 x 60), the No. 62 (5 x 62) and the No. 64 (6 1/8 x 64).

This smoke is manufactured in Tabacalera La Alianza in the Dominican Republic. Its wrapper is Ecuadorian, the binder is Nicaraguan, and the filler tobaccos are from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The wrapper on the EP Carrillo Inch Natural cigar has a leathery color to it, though the maduro version is obviously much darker.

The construction is solid, with no hard or soft spots in terms of the build. It has slight veining and a little texture, but nothing displeasing to the eye. It does tend to give just a little bit when squeezed firmly. For its ring gauge, reviewers stated that it is fairly average in weight. The cut can be a little more difficult than usual, given that it is rather enormous, but the pre-light draw was said to be nice and easy. The pre-light aroma was noted as being a nice collection of mellow flavors, and reviewers reported toast, grape and a touch of spice that didn’t hit the smoker too hard.

The light takes a little more work than normal, again, owing to its size, but once it’s fired up and ready to go, the EP Carrillo Inch Natural cigar maintains an impressive burn line that stays sharp. That’s pretty special for a stick with such a large ring gauge. It puts out a lot of white smoke and grey ash that’s a touch dark.

The first third starts out bright, with strong wood and spice notes coming through clearly for nearly everyone who reviewed the stogie. A few also reported intense cocoa and fruit flavors, though the wood and spice were definitely the dominating tastes. The smoke gets a little complex in this phase, and the flavors stay on the palate for a good while. The transition to the second third holds onto the wood layer, but gives up a little spice in the meantime. It appears that a smoker’s experience with the EP Carrillo Inch Natural cigar boils down to this part of the stick, as most reviewers reported a nice tart flavor that rounded everything together. Not everyone reported this flavor, but the most glowing reviews came from people who did.

That being said, aficionados were generally impressed and pleased with the experience, and recommended it wholeheartedly. It retails for around 10 dollars, so it’s not a budget priced smoke, per se. For a truly novel time, though, it’s worth every penny.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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