E.P. Carrillo Maduro – Cigar Review

Cigar E.P. Carrillo Maduro
Maker: Ernesto Perez Carrillo
Size: 5.8 x 52 “Club 52”
Prelight Inspection:
The wrapper on this beauty is nice and dark with a very mottled appearance. It is a little splotchy in places but seeing as how it has been fermented and aged for 3 years I can give it a little leeway as long as the flavor is there (fingers crossed). Cigar is packed well and the bright but simple band is very classy and appealing. Getting some light spice and creaminess on the cold draw.

1st Third:
This one was a little tricky to get lit and the draw is a bit tight. Also I’m not getting much smoke so I’m wondering if there is an obstruction somewhere. However, the flavors are pretty darn good. The creaminess and spice is right on the front of my palate. After a few puffs it is starting to get the addition of a little earthiness and a hint of chocolate on the finish. Burn is a bit jagged but I will see how it goes.
2nd Third:
I must have just burned though the obstruction because the draw has really opened up and its now billowing smoke. With the addition of more smoke the creaminess has really taken over and made this a solid medium body. It is also taking on an earthy undertone but I am still being left with a hint of chocolate on the finish. I am really loving the flavor combination here. Burn is still a touch on the jagged side but definitely manageable.
Last Third:
Little less creaminess now up front. The spice is still there and is mixing with more of a dark chocolate bordering on coffee type of flavor. The body is now medium-full. As I approach the nub the cigar is staying cool and the flavors are still good. I am very impressed how this cigar has mixed the bold flavors with the creaminess and kept the body from building too much. I will most certainly nub this one.

Conclusion:
You can really tell that this cigar was made with love. Lots of great flavors in there that are paired really well. I could almost smoke this cigar earlier in the day and still get the great flavors that I usually expect from a more full bodied cigar. The extra aging has done wonders for this cigar and even though it is around 6 to 7 bucks a stick I think its worth it. They could sell them after only a year or two of aging at a cheaper price but it would not be near the cigar this one is.

 

Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Construction: 7/10
Wrapper: 4/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a box: 5/5
Total: 44/50

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