Ernesto Perez Carrillo Jnr
In the world of cigars, there areï¿½few names that one instantly recognises for being innovative and exciting. Litto Gomez of La Flor Dominicana is one andï¿½Jose Garcia of My Fatherï¿½Cigars is another. You could even throw Rocky Patel into the mix but as he named his entire portfolio after himself so he would be a bit hard to miss!
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. is not a household name in the UK yet, however, I recently tried some of his cigars for the first time and I must admit to being very impressed. Born in 1952, Ernesto is an American-Cuban who has quite an impressive CV when it comes to cigar production. He was the former co-owner of La Gloria Cubana and is now in business with his son Ernie and daughter Lissette, having formed the EPC Cigar Co. Ltd in 2009. Widely recognised in the industry Ernesto and his family produce a stunning range of highly rated cigars (the La Historia Churchill gaining the number 2 spot in Cigar Aficionado's top 25 for 2014) in various different styles and at quite reasonable prices!
The EPC Rebel Maverick 52 is a moderately full-bodied cigar that has a gorgeous Ecuadorean wrapper with a stunning Nicaraguan filler. The Maverick is a big format size Robusto which allows the smoke to develop as you smoke down the stick. Although this starts off with some quite woody notes, it soon develops sweetness and an almost silky texture.
Just in is the EPC Short Run Toro 2016. As the name implies, thisï¿½is a limitedï¿½run cigar, usually released in a couple different sizes in each 'vintage'. The 2016 edition was however only produced in the Toro size and was limited to only 2500 boxes of 10.ï¿½'Enrobed in a gorgeous, matte-brown wrapper, this toro layers the palate with notes of earth and leather atop a woody, spicy core and a touch of cherry on the finish.'ï¿½ 92 points Cigar Aficionado 2016ï¿½
The EPC Rebellious Robusto Maduroï¿½is another masterpiece that uses primarily Nicaraguan filler tobacco's to produce a more medium bodied smoke that has some sweet earthy characteristics going through it.ï¿½
The EPC New Wave Reservas Connecticut Robusto was released to give those who prefer the lighter, more delicate Brilliantes a little more punch in the flavour department. These are certainly a tad more full-bodied than those but still rate as a light to medium bodied smoke in my book. The New Wave starts off quite nutty and clean with a sweetish edge, however, as the smoke continues they start to lose body and become a little more mellow.
If you wish to try some ofï¿½Ernesto's cigars before you buy why not join us on the 21st March at our next Cigar Club Meeting. We will be tasting the Short Run 2016 and the Rebellious Robusto on the night which will be held at The Embankment,ï¿½282-284 Arkwright St, Nottingham NG2 2GR