After years of stagnant sales and uncertainty, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo 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 field’s 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 very rich looking dark brown, with an unmistakably sweet toned pre-light smell. The wrapper was seamless and toothy.
1st quarter: An incredibly smooth and effortless draw produced multiple clouds of smoke. Full flavored smoke broke through to the palate as some earthiness and hints of cocoa notes revealed themselves. 2nd quarter: Some spices and sweet undertones were very pronounced through the nose along with creamy, coffee notes. A light pepper was also present through the nose and there was a very clean texture on the palate. A great balance of flavor and body continued to intensify through this portion. 3rd quarter: Very big aroma and characters with rich tobacco notes delivered a lot of tremendous flavors and continued to develop as the cigar was smoked. 4th quarter: The draw was incredibly smooth and delivered full, dense smoke to the palate. Rich, consistent and flavorful characters blossomed in the aroma of the smoke. Its creamy texture offered a smooth and unique spice through to the nose that was luring, rich and clean.
The EP Carrillo La Historia cigar was very tasty and effortless to enjoy. It has a great flavor profile and offered a lot of character and intriguing flavor. While overall a medium body, it offers a subtly rich and full body profile throughout the cigar.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: The Man Cave.
Time Smoked: 1 hour 15 minutes.
Wrapper: San Andres.
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra.
Filler: Dominican and Nicaragua.
Size: 5 3/8” x 52.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano.
Size: 5” x 52.