The Carrillo family comes from a long line of cigar makers. It’s a lot like farmers, really, when you have a great cigar maker. The father passes the skill on to the son, and the son adds to it what he learns, and that continues for generations until you end up with people who are experts in the field. We get to enjoy this process of learning every single day, and the truth is that we very rarely think about the journey that took families from being simple farmers to being experts at making fine cigars.
That is what the La Historia is, a cigar made to commemorate a family that was in the cigar business and that made possible the cigars that you and I enjoy, not just from EP Carrillo, but also from La Gloria Cubana. The cigar is named for the history, but the sizes are named for family members of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s line.
The E-III is named for his son, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo III. It is Ernesto III who will move cigars into the new generation, presenting cigars in a world that has mostly come to believe that smoking is awful. There is no better way to honor the trials that E III is likely to have to face than to commemorate them in a cigar.
The E-III begins with an oily San Andres wrapper from Mexico, to which are added Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers, resting comfortably under an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder. This creates a medium-bold cigar that is fantastic, and well worthy of the task and history set before it. Cigar Aficionado certainly thought so as they honored it with the #2 Cigar of the Year in 2014!