E.P. Carrillo Core Line

One year ago, I reviewed Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s first post-La Gloria Cubana project, the E.P. Carrillo Edición Inaugural 2009. It was a limited run, and it was meant as sort of a preview to the new company’s style until they were ready to release the cigar I’m reviewing today, the E.P. Carrillo Core Line. I absolutely loved the Edición Inaugural and the Short Run line that followed it, so I’ve definitely been anticipating Ernesto’s first full-line cigar release. Offered in 6 sizes, the cigar features Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos cloaked in an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, finished with the now familiar red, black, and gold band.

Company: EPC Cigar Co.
Made In: Dominican Republic
Made By: Tabacalera La Alianza
Size: “Club 52″ Toro 5 7/8” x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Binder: Nicaragua
MSRP: $7.20/singe or $144/box of 20

Pre-Light

The cigar has a light brown wrapper with slight miscoloration with some slight veins. The constructions is very nice, with a clean foot and a perfect cap. There is a slightly sweet, floral smell at the foot. I was able to cut it cleanly and easily. The pre-light draw was smooth with sweet tobacco flavors.

First Third

After having four lighters either break or be out of butane, I finally got it lit. The first flavors are of tobacco and leather, with a bit of a spice kick that quickly fades to the background. The slightly floral and sweet aroma that existed pre-light reappears in the aroma of the smoke. The draw is perfect, and burns very straight. The ash held for a inch before depositing it in my ashtray. The stick has a nice light gray, firm ash.

Second Third

The flavors and aroma stay consistent from the first third, and so does the burn. The construction on the cigar is impeccable. The draw has firmed up some, but that’s it. A bit more spice on the retrohale pops up, moving the cigar to a solid medium.

Last Third

The cigar burns down to my knuckles, keeping the same flavor profile and construction quality.

Final Thoughts

This cigar has joined my every day rotation along with the CAO La Traviata. It has impeccable construction, and a smooth, clean flavor that won’t ruin your taste buds for the rest of the day. I definitely would not hesitate recommending buying these by the box, and enjoying regularly. I smoked about a half dozen each of the Club 52 and the Regalias Real, a corona size. Either is good, but I lean slightly to the Regalias. Another winner from Ernesto.

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Comments

Love the EPC short Run. I haven’t gotten my hands on the Core lIne yet but everything I’ve heard makes them sound enjoyable and a nice “Core line” smoke.

thanks for the review.

Love this cigar. I would describe it as earthy, creamy, and sweet. While everyone else is putting out stronger cigars, EP Carillo has put out an excellent and unique medium body smoke (and yes, I enjoy his other three cigars as well).

I’ve only had one, but liked it a lot. Delightful flavor, just enough body. Just not enough spice, though, for the cold weather, for me at least. But in nice weather I expect this cigar to become a regular for me as well.

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