Back in August at IPCPR I made my way over to the EP Carrillo booth and I got to sit down with him, his son, his daughter, Ron Melendi the Manager of De La Concha in NYC, as well as the local rep Bob Morrison. Well, being I am friendly with Ron and Bob I decided to sit down on the couches as my feet were killing me from the insane amount of walking I was doing up and down the floor of the convention center.
The story really begins the day before when I walked into a restaurant with the guys from Paradigm, the Three Musketeers from Stogie Review, and Skip aka Chief Hava and his friend. We saw Ernesto and family dining and gave a little wave to them but did not go over to interrupt their family time and meal. Well as we were sitting down and enjoying an alligator appetizer the waiter comes over to inform us “Mr. Carrillo would like to buy you a round of drinks” which had me blown away because after all I am a fan boy to the extreme.
So the next day when sitting at the booth I had to thank him and tell him how nice a move that was he asked me if I had a Edicion Limitada yet, and I informed him I did not. Well sad to say the boxes they had to share with retailers were all empty. Here I was just a blogger, so I totally understood there being none left. Well, Ernesto went into his jacket pocket and gave me one to enjoy. At first I was like I can’t accept this (oh how I was hoping he insisted!) but sure enough he told me to enjoy it and thanked me for the support.
Well I had that cigar in my humidor since then, and I managed to get my hands on a second one. So today I decided to spark up the limited edition cigar given to me by Ernesto and write a review based on my 2 cigar experience out of the 10,000 in production.
Appearance and Construction: Before I looked up the blend on this cigar I would of never expected it to be a Brazilian wrapper, to me it just didn’t look like one. So once I saw that it really piqued my interest to the extreme. The Brazilian Habano is really clean looking with a nice amount of oils showing. The foot of the cigar has a slightly darker swirl in the filler giving is nice look. This Edicion Limitada 2010 is well packed with a nice weight to it and no soft spots. Like other EP Carrillo cigars it has the traditional band, but this one features a secondary band denoting it is a Edicion Limitada 2010.
Flavor & Notes: When I clipped the cigar and performed the pre light ritual of a cold draw I was simply stunned by the meaty flavors with touch of clove and pepper. This reminded me of completing a meal in a fine steakhouse and the foot of the cigar served up some more cloves with an incredible richness. Once the cigar is lit there are some notes of spice and a sweetness that slowly begins to rise to the top. As we work through the first third of the cigar the notes are of spices, cloves and wood. The second third the cigar looses some of the meaty notes it had and begins to develop a nice sweetness along side some cedar notes. Before the second third closes out there is a nice caramel and chocolate present which practically has me salivating. The final third of the cigar has some really solid notes of cedar with caramel and spice to round it out.
Smoking Characteristics: This slow burning cigar has a nice solid tight ash that is while in color to start but becomes medium gray by the time you reach the half way point. I was able to keep the ash on the stick for half the smoke before I had to tap it twice to get it to fall. The cigar burned a little uneven but after a touch up in the first third I never needed to address the issue a second time. The draw of the cigar had a nice resistance to it which made it perfect for me. The cigar produce a nice amount of smoke with a really nice aroma that was spicy at times, and at others it reminded me of charred wood.
Conclusion: An outstanding cigar and for me the best to come from EP Carrillo in there short existence. This is a company that is producing winner after winner. It might even be the best cigar I had this year and in quite some time. My only complaint is that these are very limited and will be hard to get. Here’s hoping that I can track down a box or two once they come out in early November.
Disclaimer: This cigar was gifted to me by Ernesto Perez at the IPCPR in August of which I paid my own way and was a considerable expenxe. As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement.