Cigar Review: EP Carrillo Inaugural Edition

Carrillo by Ernesto Perez

Carrillo by Ernesto Perez

I stopped by Cigar Inn the other night on the way home and I asked what was new and exciting. They gave me a Carrillo by Ernesto Perez and before I finished the first stick I grabbed a handful for review and to store in my humidor. Earlier this year Ernesto Perez ended his run with La Gloria Cubana cigars and decided to start his own family owned cigar company and create boutique type cigars. The first effort is the Carrillo which is limited to 150,000 cigars due to the rarity of the wrapper which has been aged for 3 years.

Cigar: Carrillo Edicion Inaugural 2009
Size: 5.38 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuador (Aged 3 Years)
Binder: (Dual Binder) Dominican Republic & Nicaragua (Aged 5 Years)
Filler: Dominican Republic (Aged 2 Years)
Strength: Medium

Appearance and Construction (19/20): Looks can be deceiving holds true many ways in the cigar world. This mild looking cigar has a gorgeous shade grown wrapper with minimal veins and some visible oils. The cigar is exquisitely rolled with no seams to be found and it is even difficult to locate the lines of the cap on this stick. The cigar has no soft spots and a well packed foot. The stick is completed with gorgeous bands of beige, gold, black and red. The top band has a nice textured look and has Ernesto Perez’s initials, tobacco leaves and the name of the cigar, Carrillo. While the secondary band of red and gold states the cigar is the Edicion Inaugural 2009.

Flavor & Notes (27/30): The draw on the cigar offered musky notes that makes me wish I had some single malt scotch to pair with it. I think some Oban would compliment this stogie. As we smoke the first third of of the cigar the notes are a tad tough to identify but the primary ones are earth and oats (a first for me!). As we continued the smoke the spices and pepper began to pick up but the notes of earth and oats remain. The final third of the cigar remains the same with a touch of wood notes thrown in as well. The cigar had a nice finish with a touch of spice.

Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The burn of the cigar was a little bit uneven, but nothing that ever got out of hand or concerned me one bit. The ash was very light in color, with no flake and held on really well. The draw was flawless and the cigar smoked nice and slow and it never got hot right down to the nub. I literally smoked this cigar til I couldn’t hold it any more.

Overall (22/25): The Ernesto Perez Carrillo is one smooth cigar and as much as I like smoking it the one thing that bothers me is the flavors are pretty much one dimensional. Despite being medium bodied the cigar was a nice way to start off my day, and it’s a good start for EPs new company. The cigar still rates a 91, but I wish it was more complex.

Rating: 91
Price: $13.00 / Box of 10 for $130.00 at