After years of stagnant sales and uncertainty, Ernesto took his inspiration from Cuban Davidoff and set out to create a cigar that would excite the senses. When he finally put the perfect blend together, he had created La Gloria Cubana. La Gloria Cubana enjoyed star status among Miami cigar smokers but it remained a relatively “local” cigar.
But all this changed in 1992 when four of the brand’s nine cigars scored 90 or higher in a review by a relatively new publication entitled Cigar Aficionado. This Miami-made cigar outperformed established brands and even its Cuban competitors, stunning cigar connoisseurs. Instantly, the La Gloria Cubana brand was one of the brightest flames in the white-hot cigar craze of the early 1990’s. With demand far outstripping supply, the boutique brand went from selling a few thousand cigars a year to millions.
In March 2009, Ernesto’s children pleaded with him to return to the tobacco fields one more time to create the next great cigar. With the creation of EPC Cigar Co., Ernesto once again dedicated himself to perfecting a family-run boutique brand with the help of his son, Ernesto III and daughter, Lissette.
Since creation, the family has released one new blend a year, beginning with the E.P. Carrillo CORE. Each blend, while offering a different array of complexity and strength profiles, has stayed true to the family’s ideals of consistency, tradition, and passion for perfection. Today, EPC Cigar Co. provides their customers with a diverse portfolio of blends and sizes, which will satisfy the most discerning cigar smoker
This was a beautiful and impressively sized cigar that had a hearty looking brown wrapper and a rich, earthy pre-light smell. It was silky smooth to the touch.
1st quarter: There was a smooth draw with plenty of big clouds of creamy smoke that gave a very pleasant, flavorful aroma. You will find some spice through the nose along with sweet texture in the smoke. You will find some woody notes and hints of earthiness once lit. 2nd quarter: Light spicy characters with rich aroma appeared through the nose along with lingering spices and creaminess. The strength was medium in both body and flavor. The cigar opened up very nicely as it burned into its full size ring gauge. 3rd quarter: The burn was just about even, requiring only a few touch ups, and offering a long flaky ash. Flavors intensified as I continued to smoke and underlying sweet and spicy notes developed. 4th quarter: Spices increased and continued to develop with deep and rich earthy tobacco notes. The cigar was well rounded and as an almost full body. Flavors remained both clean and full and offered a big aroma with consistent richness right to the end.
The Inch Natural 70 cigar is very well made. It is a medium to full body cigar with a nice amount of smoke and good complexity. Its good construction and burn offered rich full flavors that developed throughout the smoke. A little hot and tart near the end but effortless to enjoy and left a lasting impression.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: Man Cave
Time Smoked: 3 hour 30 minutes.
Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra.
Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
Size: 7” x 70.