E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Edition – Cigar Review
In late 2009 Ernesto Perez-Carrillo returned to the cigar marketplace, and in a short period of time his cigars have become a staple in many humidors. As the man who created La Gloria Cubana not many people knew the name E.P. Carrillo, now less than a year an a half since his return, casual smokers and aficionados know it well.
I was hooked from the first time I lit up the 2009 inaugural edition and the enjoyment was recreated with the Short Run, Core Line and 2010 Limitada. But in 2010 at IPCPR when I got to talk some with father and son, and unbeknownst at the time, daughter I realized not only were these great cigars but also a great down to earth family passionate about cigars and the product they create.
According to E.P. Carrillo, “The New Wave Connecticut Edition is covered with a beautiful Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. This cigar breaks the mold of your typical Connecticut – the smoke is creamy with hints of spice that develop to show rich nutty and sweet flavors.” The cigar will be available in four sizes, Stellas 5 1/8 x 42 ($4.50); Brillantes 5 x 50 ($5.25); Divinos 6 x 52 ($6.25) and Gran Via 7 x 49 ($7.00). All prices are MSRP, please allow for variations due to tobacco taxes.
Cigar: E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Edition
Size: 6 x 52 (Toro/Divinos)
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Appearance and Construction: The E.P. Carrillo New Wave features a beautiful golden brown wrapper grown from Connecticut seed under the cloudy skies of Ecuador. The wrapper while it isn’t visually pleasing is what we have come to expect from the Connecticut variety. Granted, there are some exceptions but for the most part they have some veins, usually one significant one and can be brittle. This cigar is no exception to that profile. Under close inspection the foot of the cigar appears to be a little bit loose.
Flavor & Notes: Social-media seemed to be a buzz lately with this stick so I was eager to smoke them. I used my Xikar cigar scissors to clip the cap carefully. I smoked this in cold weather conditions so I was worried about the fragile wrapper. Once the cigar was clipped I found the draw to reveal some delicious notes of apples. and a slight honey like sweetness. The foot of the cigar is a tad musky to the nose, but it had a touch of sweetness as well. The E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut started off with some spice before revealing notes of tea, cedar with a touch of honey through the nose. The second third of this tasty stick notes of leather begin to take control with some continued wood, with a continued sweetness and a touch of spice. The final third picks up a slight bitterness but yet a subtle sweetness remains on the back-end of a long finish.
Smoking Characteristics: The New Wave Connecticut as I said before has a brittle wrapper, and there was a slight split on the wrapper from the cold temperatures in NYC. Luckily that split never really played into the cigar, but it was enough to make me weary to smoke these in such a climate. The dark color ash held on well at the beginning but in the second half it was a bit weak. The draw was slightly loose, but not overly so where it was annoying. Lastly, the cigar produced a voluptuous amount of smoke on the exhale and I had some fun blowing smoke rings as I enjoyed this stick.
Conclusion: Kudos to Ernesto Perez Carrillo for coming out with such an inexpensive quality cigar. I believe even fans of a stronger cigar will find something to like about this smoke. The smoke is on the medium side of mild to start before becoming firmly rooted in the medium category by the finish. Another winner from E.P. Carrillo that is a flavorful smoke with a certain elegance about it that is deserving of a spot on the shelf, in your humidor or daily rotation of cigars.