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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.