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.
The cigar has a rich pre-light smell, and its roasted colored almond wrapper has an oily sheen. It is beautifully even colored, giving it a very nice rustic appeal. The cigar had a nice firm feel and a sweet, floral hay-like smell.
1st quarter: It was firm to the touch with a slight resistance to the draw. Right away, light spices hit the nose with rich, full flavored smoke. There is a mouthwatering creamy texture with some spice that lingers on the finish. 2nd quarter: The cigar grew full and rich with hints of peppery spice flavors and aromas. I began to get a light and chewy texture along with a sweet and creamy flavor. Smooth spices then came through to the nose with a great full aroma and more rich flavors. 3rd quarter: Spices lingered through the nose. Dense full flavored smoke filled the air with earthy cocoa notes. It burned slowly and evenly, growing a long and flaky white ash. 4th quarter: Creaminess developed with big tobacco flavor and aroma as the cocoa texture began to fade. There were continuing sweet undertones on the palate with some woody notes developing. By this time, it delivered a solid medium body with a long, flavorful finish.
This E.P. Carrillo offers some complex character and a very long, flavorful finish. It has great construction and unmistakable quality and was effortless to enjoy, leaving a lasting impression. Bursting with flavors in intriguing combinations, it is an exceptional cigar with great flavors and balance.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: The Man Cave.
Time Smoked: 2 hour.
Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra.
Size: 6 ½” x 54.