Review For The EP Carrillo La Historia CigarsThe EP Carrillo La Historia is a nod to the people who made Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr., the company’s founder, the person he is today. This includes Ernesto’s parents, his wife and his children, all of whom he credits for making his success in the cigar industry possible. You would expect this cigar to have a little more love, and a little more care in the creation process since family was the reason for this cigar.  That comes through with this stick, whose presentation is beautiful and laced with darker flavors.

The stick has a San Andreas wrapper, a leaf that has become extremely popular in the last year. Its finish is with an Ecuador Sumatran binder and fillers from the Dominican and Nicaragua. The EP Carrillo La Historia is available in three vitolas, all paying homage to people in Ernesto’s life. The El Senador (5 3/8 x 52) is for his father, who served as a senator in Cuba. The Doña Elena (6 1/8 x 50) is a tribute to his wife and the E-III (6 7/8 x 54) is for his son, who spent some time working at the company. Because it is a San Andreas, the cigar has a dark color and roughness to it that gives off a rustic vibe. The band is gorgeous, filled with vibrant blues, reds and gold, and finished with highly detailed ornamentation. The lettering is clear and features the name of the smoke and the name of the company founder. The pre-light draw produces mostly damp earth notes, though there is a touch of barnyard present as well.

The initial third of the cigar, the earth flavors represent the bulk of the profile, maintaining a dominant position until the end. There is a little black pepper present as well but muted for a San Andreas. Before long, the taste of leather joins the profile and sits in the background behind the earth. Some reviewers also noticed some tertiary chocolate and nutty flavors as well, though they increased in strength near the end of the first-third.

During the second-third, the nuts and chocolate present fully, and add a little sweetness to the smoke. This sweetness competes with the still robust earth flavors, and both are balanced off of each other well, taking the edge off of the strong earth notes.

In the last third of the EP Carrillo La Historia, the earth remains supreme, and the leather returns to give it a little more depth. Reviewers also noted a continuation of the cigar’s sweeter side, creating a nice savory and sweet combination that holds until the end of the smoke. 

Like most San Andreas cigars, this one is close to full bodied and full strength, making it a fairly hard hitting smoking experience. For aficionados who want to try a San Andreas, though, it is an ideal choice. Its steady flavors, and beautiful appearance are accompanied by excellent construction as well, providing the kind of burn and draw you would hope for with a cigar that has this much thought put into it.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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