EP Carrillo Cardinal Cigars are great everyday smokes at the right price.The newest release from Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is the aptly named EP Carrillo Cardinal cigar. Samples of these gems were given out at the IPCPR in the summer of 2012. They were officially released in October for sale, and are said to be among the most full-bodied offerings from this line.

The EP Carrillo Cardinal cigar is offered in both a natural and a Maduro wrapper. Each wrapper is offered in the following sizes: No. 52 5 x 52, No. 54 6 x 54, and No. 56 51/2 x 56. It is blended with tobaccos that were grown and harvested at three different Nicaraguan farms. The Natural wrapper is made from Nicaragua Sumatra, and the Maduro is made from a dark Connecticut Broadleaf.  Nicaraguan tobaccos are used as filler and binder in both varieties. They are sold as a single purchase, a five pack, or in a box of twenty.

This was yet another greatly anticipated release from the Master of boutique cigars. From all accounts, this stick did not disappoint a single reviewer, and aficionados that have had the opportunity to enjoy these have given them high marks.  This info is gleaned from a combination of reviewers that have smoked the EP Carrillo Cardinal Natural cigar, as well as the Maduro. In regards to the Natural Connecticut Broadleaf, they note the reddish brown wrapper has very minimal veins. When rolled between the fingers there is a slight give, but overall it is very well constructed. The cold draw is said to be effortless, and full of flavors before the initial light up.

The first-third of this smoke gives way to a clean burn line, with the ash holding firm. There are flavors of sweet tobacco, woodsy, molasses, creaminess, and spice. In the second-third, the ash still held firm with a salt and pepper color, and the burn line was still even. The flavor profile was more complex, which is why this is considered a full-body cigar. There are flavors of dried fruit and woodiness with notes of coffee and an earthiness present as well.

The spiciness that was present in the first-third is present in the second-third, but it tends to grow more intense and then back off a bit. Some reviewers also noted that there were flavors of chocolate as well. Into the final third of the EP Carrillo Cardinal cigar there is yet to be a complaint about the burn or ash. Both did extremely well throughout the entire smoking experience.

There were no touch-ups needed, and it burned cool all the way to the end. The spice that is noted during the entirety of this smoke is still present and starts to intensify towards the end. There is also a creaminess that is present that mellows the spice just a bit. The overall profile of this smoke is an enjoyable one, with all of the flavors complimenting each other.

Cigar review authors agree that these were a must have in their own humidor. They are priced just right, and make a great daily smoke. Even with its full-body billing, it was said that novices would really enjoy an EP Carrillo Cardinal cigar as well.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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