E.P. Carrillo

Gift Wrappers (and Fillers and Binders): Day into Night

Avo Syncro Nicaragua Named for the way it synchronizes the divergent flavors of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos, the Avo Syncro Nicaragua is the brand’s first box-pressed cigar. It is made with an Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper and a Dominican binder, but its soul is its Dominican and Nicaraguan filler, specifically the tobacco from Nicaragua’s volcanic island […]

Holiday Lights

Much like the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, the market for top-quality cigars this holiday season is defined by three themes: the past, the present, and the future. Through the handiwork of such brands as Avo, Arturo Fuente, L’Atelier, and Cubano Limitado, smokers are once again enjoying thin and elegant lanceros, a classic cigar […]

Conversation Starters

E.P. Carillo The Inch Series C-99 In the ongoing race to create the largest-ring cigar that can still be smoked enjoyably, this E.P. Carrillo (EPC) claims top honors. EPC was the first to debut a 6 × 64 1-inch-diameter smoke a few years ago, and last year it followed with a 7 × 70. Now, as […]

Holiday Stars: Dominican Republic

BLACK DIAMOND Made for the J.C. Newman Cigar Company by its partner Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., Diamond Crown has always been known for its Connecticut shade wrapper and trademark 54-ring gauge in a variety of lengths. The best Connecticut broadleaf is deeply fermented, resulting in the dark, oily wrapper of the relaunched Black Diamond, […]

And to All a Good Light

Cigar smokers have cause to be especially joyous this season, for not since the Great Cigar Boom of the 1990s has such an abundance of hand-rolled riches been laid before them. This bounty has resulted, in part, from increased competition, as new cigar makers have entered the field and older, more established brands have felt […]

Mellow Strength

Even back in the days when he was producing La Gloria Cubana, Ernesto Perez-Carrillowas not known for creating mild cigars. Now that he has established his own company, Perez-Carrillo maintains that reputation with his newest cigar, the E.P. Carrillo Cardinal Series ($7.25/$145–$8.75/$175), packaged by the score in a distinctive “cardinal red” box with a black […]

Burning Bright

Photography by Cordero Studios   Celebrations and cigars have always gone hand in hand, and never more than during the winter holidays. In Victorian England, it was customary to hand out Havanas on December 25, while in America, decorated Yuletide cigar boxes were all the rage as early as the 1860s. This year the tradition […]

Best of the Best 2011: Cigars: E.P. Carrillo Edición Limitada 2010

One shape, one size, one cigar—but a different blend each year: That is the philosophy behind the EPC Cigar Company’s limited-edition releases. EPC stands for Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the man who brought La Gloria Cubana back to life in America when he inherited the brand from his father. Now Perez-Carrillo’s La Gloria days are behind him, […]