It seems that no one ever really retires or quits the cigar game. It almost seems to be a “blood in/ blood out” gang mentality of “once you are in, you are in for life.” Except in the cigar world there is no one holding a gun to you, at least that I know of, but there is a more tempting siren: the enjoyment of doing what you love. That is why legends in the industry rarely disappear, but rather instead just change gears. I personally love that about the cigar industry, because it brings a constant flow of new direction and life into it. When you get a master blender who branches out to do their own thing again, it’s exciting to watch to see what they come up with. One such luminary in the cigar world who has come back with a vengeance is Ernesto Perez Carrillo.
Ernesto, who is best known for being the mastermind behind the Series R at La Gloria Cubana and running the company until its takeover by Swedish Match, is at it again with his EPC lines. This year has seen the release of a core maduro and a new wave Connecticut, of those I will be taking a look at the delectable core maduro today.
The core maduro is immediately attractive and draws the eye to its glistening toothy maduro wrapper. As I feel the cigar I notice a firm pack and as I go to clip the cap I test the draw and find that despite its firm packing, it still draws really well. There is a slight firmness to be sure, but overall the draw is pleasant and as I smell the foot I’m immediately drawn in by the barnyard note and sweet aroma. The sweet note is almost reminiscent to me of the blackberries that used to populate my family’s property in Washington when I was young.
From there the experience only gets better. The core maduro is a lot more like the maduros of old, which to me had a lot of natural sweetness to them. I’ve smoked three of the core maduros now and have found varying levels of berry-like sweetness to them. Alas, I’m getting ahead of myself though! The first quarter of the cigar reveals to my palate the aforementioned sweetness, a hint of nuttiness, and a touch of cedar. As the opening act fades and the midpoint begins the notes begin to transition into a more solid cedar note. Also, in the midpoint I notice from time to time a hint of citrus. The final third of the maduro leaves me with a mixture of sweet floral and cedar.
The EP Carrillo Core Maduro from start to finish is a strong new line for EPC. It is also easily one of my new favorites in the world of maduro cigasrs. The core maduro is solidly constructed and a fantastic representation of what a good cigar should be. If you haven’t tried out EP Carrillo’s lines yet, you need to check out the core maduro now. Its a bold maduro with a wonderful natural sweetness that will appeal to fans of a medium bodied cigar. Pick one up today and I promise you, your taste buds will definitely thank you for it!
Cigar: EP Carrillo Core Maduro
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Ecuador Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua