Recently EPC, EP Carrillo Cigar company (@epcarrillo) announced that they would be releasing the EPC INCH. Fans of Ernesto Carrillo’s La Gloria Cubana Serie R knew it was only a matter of time before Ernesto brought out the big guns he is known for. Read the press release here.
The three different vitolas are, No. 60 5 7/8 x 60, No. 62 5 x 62, and No. 64 6 1/8 x 64. The cigar has either Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro or Ecuador Sumatra wrapper for the maduro and natural lines respectively. I was instantly excited about this cigar since I enjoy many of the different EPC blends, most notably the EPC Short run 2012, which is a regular smoke for me, and the EPC Connecticut New Wave.
Yesterday, I posted a review for the EPC INCH Maduro No. 64, which you can find here. I really enjoyed it and I am already anticipating the full release so I can pick up a few more and put them into my smoking rotation. I was shocked at how much I enjoyed the maduro version, as I am normally a fan of smaller gauge vitolas. Today I am firing up a EPC INCH Natural No. 64 for review and I hope it is just as stellar of a stick as the Maduro version was.
Size: No. 64 (6 1/8 x 64)
Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican (Piloto Cubano, Corojo and Criollo ’98)
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The EPC INCH Natural No. 64 has a medium brown wrapper with very light veins and a triple cap which is tight relative to the size of the cigar. Just like the Maduro INCH, the band is designed to look like an antique ruler and is quite attractive and noteworthy.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper EPC INCH Natural No. 64 has notes of wood, sweet spice, and a bit of leather. The foot has a scent which is a blend of spices, wood, leather, cocoa, and a bit of dark fruit. I go with a slight straight cut on the EPC Inch Natural No. 64 , and on the cold draw there is a blend of spices, wood, leather, and some earth.
Smoking Characteristics: Firing up the EPC Inch Natural No. 64, I’m met with a very full body of rich, cool, delicious smoke. The smoke is not as dense as the Maduro wrapped INCH, but just as full in volume, easily providing me with a full body on each draw. Just like the Maduro INCH , the smoke simply fills all of the air around me, enveloping the room with its aroma. The first third has notes of cocoa, deep earth, wood, nuts, leather, and a bit of a sweet spice. The ash is salt and pepper in color and holds firm at the end of the stick, easily to the inch point. The burn line on the EPC INCH Natural No. 64 is nearly razor sharp, and I have no complaints about it so far.
Into the second third, the EPC INCH Natural No. 64 develops a bit more flavor wise. At this point, the profile is made up of notes of cocoa, earth, wood (both cedar and oak), roasted nuts, and sweet spices. The EPC INCH Natural No. 64 smokes very cool, likely due to how large the ring gauge is, and the smoke is very dry, full, and delicious. Strength wise, I’d place the EPC INCH Natural No. 64 around medium. It gives you a nice little buzz, but I don’t think many smokers would find it overpowering. The ash still holds firm without any flaking and the burn line remains tight.
The final third of the EPC INCH Natural No. 64 has a similar flavor to the second one. The notes of cocoa, earth, roasted nuts, cedar, oak, and sweet spices all remain. The spice becomes a bit more distinct, and the most notable flavor I can name is nutmeg. The EPC INCH Natural No. 64 smokes cool to the nub, pulling almost no heat till about the last half inch. The burn required no corrections and the draw was well beyond satisfactory.
Conclusion: The EPC INCH Natural No. 64 was an excellent smoke, just like the Maduro INCH. I tend to prefer smaller ring gauge cigars. It has been my experience that they will generally display flavors better. That being said, I have to admit both the EPC INCH Natural No. 64 and the Maduro EPC INCH were just loaded with flavor. I can see these being very popular lines from E.P. Carrillo and would not be shocked if they sell out this years production quickly! Just like the Maduro version of the EPC Inch, I am labeling this a must try and a box worthy stick.