Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is most associated with his original cigar creation, the La Gloria Cubana. After rave reviews in the first issues of Cigar Aficionado, the brand help lead the industry into it’s first big boom in the mid-1990s. In 1999, Swedish Match/General Cigar purchased the company from Ernesto, and he stayed there for 10 more years, until the spring of 2009. Wanting to return to his roots as a family-run boutique cigar manufacturer, he started a new company, EPC Cigar Co., along with his two children, Ernesto III and Lissette. Limited to 150,000 cigars, the Edición Inaugural 2009 is the first release from this new venture, with their first full release due in April 2010. Billed as medium bodied, the mix of Nicaraguan and Dominican filler are bound by two 5 year old Piloto Cubano binders, one from Nicaragua and one from the Dominican Republic, and is encased in an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that has been aged for 3 years.
Name: E.P. Carrillo Edición Inaugural 2009
Company: EPC Cigar Co.
Made in: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binders: Piloto Cubano from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Comes in: Boxes of 10
Vitola: Encore (5 3/8″ X 52)
This cigar is definitely a unique smoking experience. It’s not just a La Gloria Cubana with a new band on it. It shows 3 unique flavors that mingle together in harmony. The construction is very good on top the great flavors. A great medium bodied cigar with full flavor. Not a daily smoke at $13 each and in such limited quantities, but a definite must try, and worth picking up a box.