EP Carrillo may seem like a name that doesn’t have a lot of history in the tobacco industry. Indeed, the brand has not been around all that long, and it seems to have started almost out of nowhere. However, if you know anything about the name behind the brand, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, then you know that it simply isn’t true that the man doesn’t have the experience required to make a great cigar.
Carrillo is one of the many great tobacconists and cigar makers who escaped a life of servitude in Cuba, coming to a land where he could ply his trade in order to profit himself, not just the Cuban government. He has, for a quarter of a century, spent time making the cigars of another business, one that has been very successful at selling the vitolas that Carrillo has produced, a cigar brand known as ‘La Gloria Cubana’. Through his work and knowledge and his manufacturing skills in Florida, that brand has thrived.
It only makes sense, then, that he would want to make his own line of cigars, bearing his own name, to showcase his talents, and the Cabinet Petit Coronas certainly do that well. They begin with an Habano Corojo wrapper, into which they place Nicaraguan tobacco with a Dominican binder, leaving you with a cigar that is medium-full bodied. It is a great cigar, and one that has notes of cedar, nuts,and pepper, with that hint of spice that you would expect from any Nicaraguan cigar. Definitely a cigar that you will want to sample, whether you find it via a cigar shop online or via your local humidor.