Today we take a look at the La Historia by E.P. Carrillo. It made its debut recently at the 2014 IPCPR trade show.
The cigar comes in three sizes:
El Senador: 5.375 x 52
Doña Elena: 6.125 x 50
E-III: 6.875 x 54
The cigars come in 10 count boxes. This is first box-pressed cigar in the company’s history.
A new “The Generations” series begins with this cigar. A much larger line will develop around The Historia over the next couple of years.
From EP Carrillo web site:
“Superior crafted box-pressed cigar with a smooth dark espresso-bean colored wrapper. The smoke is rich and full with dark chocolate, leather, black pepper, and coffee notes balanced with a creamy lingering finish.”
I’m pretty sure I know where a dollar of the cigar’s cost went: The cigar band artwork. It is incredible in its craftsmanship, detail, and artistry.
Oddly, the stick is sloppy in construction. Seams are clearly visible. The rounded cap is kind of a mess on one side. Roller’s glue is visible. The leaf consistency is null and void. And on this particular stick, the wrapper doesn’t make it all the way to the foot on the back side.
But it is a nice oily coffee bean brown. There is sandiness to the touch.
And another cigar hits 100% in the 10 ring for perfection of construction. Like night and day. So clearly, Carrillo is not using the same level of competent rollers in the production of this cigar. But to be honest, as long as it doesn’t affect the smoking process, the cigar could look like George’s bum and I wouldn’t care if it tasted good.
I clip the cap and find aromas of wood, cedar, cinnamon, and leather.
Time to light up.
Creaminess swoops down and the spice rears its head like a mechanical gargoyle. My eyes water and my nose runs. And my ass flaps in the wind.
Delicious cigar. I knew it. While I am not a huge fan of Carrillo, he pulled it off this time. I just reviewed the 5th Anniversary and did not care for it. But this baby, funky construction and all, is about to make flavor bomb status any moment with a bushel full of wonderful and potent flavors.
Of course, I think most of us are suckers for a Mexican San Andrés wrapper.
With 1” burned, it is a nicely turned flavor bomb. The strength is barely medium bodied.
I love the flavor profile. It is like eating a chocolate cake, or a peach cobbler, or tiramisu. It has that kind of wide spread profile.
The second third begins.
That transition brings with it a broader flavor spectrum: Chocolate, coffee, creaminess, raisin, dried peach, mocha latte, cinnamon, sweet cedar, rich earthiness, leather, nougat, caramel, and a touch of orange citrus.
Carrillo is the MAN once more with the La Historia. This should have been his 5th Anniversary blend. No comparison.
The sweet components are powerful with a long chewy finish. A custard flan flavor appears from underneath that pile of flavors. Or maybe it is a crème brûlée. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Crème brûlée.
As it turned out, the funky sloppy construction had zero influence on the La Historia’s performance and flavor.
The price point. $8.50? Maybe. $6.30? Hell yes!
This is the best $6 cigar I’ve smoked.
The flavor profile is so amazing that with all the jacking up of prices for cigars coming out of IPCPR, Carrillo could have asked $12 like the rest of the greedy pack. But he didn’t. For me, an $8 cigar is a high premium price. And I expect the world from it. So thank goodness Carrillo is not greedy.
Even Carrillo’s 5th Anniversary blend is only $8.50. You can bet that any celebratory cigar always jacks the price up because they used tobaccos from lands far, far away and transported via the vaginas of local tribes women.
I asked Andrew to make boxes available. But then Carrillo was smart. He made the boxes 10 count. So even if you buy two 5 packs, it is still cheaper than any of the big online store box prices. CI sells a box of 10 for $70. If you buy two 5 packs from SBC, it is $63.00. CI wants $37.50 for a 5 pack or $75.00 for two. That’s a $12 difference.
Flavors have not changed. The strength is still medium/full.
The spice waned between the halfway point and the beginning of the second third. It is back in force now. But it is a combo of black and red pepper.
The La Historia by E.P. Carrillo is a must try. As the cigar burns down towards the end, the flavors do not dissipate. They are heart pounding strong.
It seemed for a while that Carrillo lost his zest for making really good cigars. Who knows why? But this blend brings him back to the fold. Not only has he produced an extraordinary blend, but he has made it affordable.
I keep getting emails from all the online stores touting the new stuff. I gag when I click on the link taking me to their site and I see that the new cigars are a minimum of $11 a pop and as expensive as $17 a stick. The new La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse by Ashton Cigars is $16.00. The new Aging Room Bin No. 1 averages $12-$13.
And the trend of cigars hitting 70+ ring gauges does nothing for me.
Back to the La Historia by E.P. Carrillo. I am enjoying the hell out of this cigar. And I really doubt that the new La Aroma is twice, or three times, as good.
Clearly, I highly recommend the La Historia by E.P. Carrillo. A great cigar that is affordable. What else in life do you need?
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