So many of the cigars that are made in America are made here because we were quick to, as a nation, offer asylum to skilled tobacconists fleeing Cuban oppression. In Cuba, they either worked for the state and made almost nothing, or they didn’t work with tobacco at all. Here in the United States, they could ply their trade and become wealthy, and many cigar makers have done just that. Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is among those greats.
You may not know him for his own cigar line, but chances are that you have heard of La Gloria Cubana, a cigar brand that this man has manufactured for years now. For about a quarter of a century, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo has been the man behind their cigars, making them lovingly, experimenting with new blends and vitolas, and making sure that they were capable of competing with other cigars, even from bigger-name brands, on the market.
So what makes the Cardinal line one worth checking out, worth spending money on and getting from your local cigar shop or your favorite online cigar seller? Well, to begin with, it’s a bit of a departure from the other EP Carrillo vitolas. Where most of the cigars that Carrillo blends tend to be on the medium side, these Cardinal naturals can be easily and appropriately described as intense or vibrant in flavor, with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The cigar is full in body and flavor, with notes of leather, earth, and spice, as is common in Nicaraguan tobacco. A great cigar, and one a bit different than the EP Carrillo norm.