E.P. Carrillo Cigars – An overview of the man and the brand.
The early days.
Ernesto Perez Carrillo came to Miami as an aspiring young jazz musician in 1959.
Like most of the Cubans that fled the Castro revolution at the time, he and his family arrived with empty pockets.
The family thought they would be back in Cuba in a few months.
Necessity made his Father Ernesto Sr. a master cigar maker, struggle working wherever he could find work.
After almost a decade of hardship, Ernesto Sr. had saved enough to buy a small cigar factory in Little Havana and began selling El Credito Cigars.
Ernesto Jr. continued his pursuit of music in New York City but was unable to make it big.
As a result he returned to Miami and began to work alongside his father. Since he was a fast learner he became good at what he did.
After the death of his father in 1980 he took over the family business.
Being only 29, and a gifted cigar maker he struggled during the economic downturn that plagued the country.
Eventually however, he would succeed.
The Origins of E.P. Carrillo Cigars
Twelve hard years passed before fortune began to shine upon Ernesto and his family.
Cigar Aficionado, an upstart publication at the time, ranked four of his cigars 90 and up.
By then he had refined his blends based on Cuban Davidoff cigars and called them “La Gloria Cubana”.
As a result demand for his cigars soared and his production could not keep up.
Because of it, in 1999 Ernesto sold El Credito to Swedish Match/General Cigar, and remained with the company as an employee for 10 years.
The yearning to go back to the tobacco fields and the insistence of his family to do what he was best at finally convinced him.
Finally, with the assistance of his children Ernesto III and Lisette he created EPC Cigar Co.
Launching a new blend every year since 2010, E.P. Carrillo Cigars now have established themselves as a top ranked international cigar brand.
Here is a list of achievements:
- 2010 – Seems that 2010 was the beginning of a great decade for the company.
The CORE Line of cigars hit the market.
- 2011 – Elencos Edición Limitada 2010 Cigars- Ranked 8th Best Cigar of 2010.
In addition to the CORE, the brand now had 2 highly ranked cigars.
- 2012 – Cardinal Series Cigars became available.
Another success, these Full-Bodied and impeccably finished maduros gained popularity very quickly.
- 2013 – INCH Line Cigars were introduced.
These big ring cigars became popular in a short time because of their high quality.
- 2014 – 5th Year Anniversary Cigars became available and quickly took the market by storm.
In addition to the existing lines, the 5th Year Anniversary cemented Ernesto’s position as one of the top international cigar manufacturers.
- 2015 – EPC’s La Historia – Ranked Cigar Aficionado’s #2 Cigar of the Year & La Historia Figurado Ranked 90 by Cigar Insider.
Another great year, much like in previous years, 2015 was a resounding success for EPC.
- 2016 – Finally, E.P. Carrillo’s crowning achievement, The Series Line.
- 2017 – E.P. Carrillo introduces the Dusk, a Maduro Cigar to their Classic Series.
The Series Line of Cigars
Family Series – Using unique blends as a result of the knowledge of generations of cigar makers in his family, each vitola honors a family member.
Elite Series – Since only unique tobacco leaves make perfect blends, only a few have the right to bear the Elite name: Capa De Sol Cigars, New Wave Reserva Cigars & Seleccion Oscuro Cigars.
Dimension Series – Small ring cigars carefully crafted to offer smokers the best experience. It includes Interlude, (Natural & Maduro). Original Rebel (Natural & Maduro). INCH Colorado. INCH, (Natural & Maduro)
Classics Series – The well known cigars we have known and loved for years. Now refined and meticulously perfected. Dusk*. Core Plus*, (Natural & Maduro). Cardinal Impact* (Natural & Maduro). New Wave Connecticut (New Design).
Factory Series – Made at Tabacalera La Alianza, EPC’s plant in the Dominican Republic. These are different and unique cigars personally selected by Ernesto himself. Tabacalera La Alianza*, (Natural & Rosado). Grand Prize*
The dream of Ernesto Perez Carrillo finally has become a reality.
It came with great effort and perseverance, but yielded results.
At Habano Cigar Club we are proud to offer E.P. Carrillo Cigars. Order yours now!
Our online store will open its doors in the coming weeks, we hope to serve you with the finest brands.
Even if you are not in Florida, now you will be able to enjoy any brand, at our Club prices.
Cigar wrappers are the outermost layer of the cigar and the most expensive component of the assembly.
There are many different kinds of cigar wrappers, and these play a part in the both the cigar’s flavor and its character.
“Of the three major cigar components – wrapper, binder and filler – it’s the wrapper leaves that readily present themselves for inspection when you’re making your purchase.”
The color of the wrapper is often used as a way to describe a cigar and these high-quality leaves play an important part in the enjoyment of the cigar.
Lighter shades usually are grown under gauze canopies (shade grown) to maintain milder tasting cigars.
Darker shades are stronger in flavor, coarser and stronger. These are left in direct sun to mature (sun grown).
The longer they are exposed to sunlight, the darker the shade and the stronger the flavor becomes.
There are seven main types of cigar wrappers.
- Candela – Also called “American Market Select,” this cigar wrapper is green to greenish brown and produces a very mild taste.
Harvested before maturity, while the leaves are still green.The color is due to chlorophyll present on the leaves
- Claro – Usually light tan in color, these wrappers are believed to be some of the finest in the world.
They are grown under large canopies to protect them from harsh sunlight and produce a neutral flavor that is ideal for smooth smoking.
- Colorado – Also called a “Rosado”, this is a reddish-brown wrapper has both and aromatic smell and a robust taste.
- Colorado Claro – Mid-brown in color, these wrappers are also referred to as “Natural” or “English Market Selection” wrappers.
These shade-grown wrappers offer a medium to full-bodied flavor.
- Colorado Maduro – Dark brown in color, these cigar wrappers usually produce a rich flavor and are found in many of the best Honduran cigars.
- Maduro – Maduro cigar wrappers are dark brown to very dark brown, and often have more texture and veining than lighter wrappers.
These wrappers are sometimes described as oily looking and produce a stronger taste, generally described as sweet.
- Obscuro – These are the strongest tasting of all of the cigar wrappers.
The Obscuro leaves are very dark brown to almost black in color and are usually from Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil.
When it comes to choosing a cigar, many people only consider the filler.
While this is important, it’s actually the wrapper that can determine anywhere from 60% to 90% of a cigar’s overall flavor.
Therefore, knowing a little bit about cigar wrappers and your various choices will go a long way towards enhancing your next cigar smoking experience.
Learning about cigar wrappers will make you a better smoker.
Today only at an incredible $5.99 come taste the darker side of reserva real.
Cigar of the Day – Today’s featured Cigar is Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Maduro.
Reserva Real Maduro has a unique flavor, boasting a deep – full bodied taste as a result of a unique international combination of fine tobacco leaves.
Start by combining two wrappers : A Mexican dark San Andres Morron Maduro Leaf and a Nicaraguan Sun grown Maduro Leaf for boldness and flavor.
Add to the mixture Nicaraguan and Honduran Long Fillers for a flavorful and easy to smoke cigar.
The result is a great smoking experience. Flavorful, with the characteristics of a fine maduro cigar.
At Habano Cigar Club we are happy to offer our clients a fine array of cigar brands, including Romeo y Julieta.
Our cigar lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink or coffee, smoke your favorite stick, and watch sports on one of our flat screen TV’s.
We have all the NFL games for your pleasure, and our lounge chairs are very comfortable.
Be sure to visit our Hollywood Cigar Lounge & ask for the Cigar of the Day.
But then, you may have just stumbled into your favorite pairing experience: Cigars & Beer.
For the best Cigars & Beer visit our Hollywood Fl Cigar Lounge.
Watch NFL Football at Habano Cigar Club
It is no secret that football the most popular sport in South Florida.
We invite you to watch NFL Football at our Hollywood Cigar Lounge
We are aware that there are lots of sports bars in the area. But none of them allow you to light your favorite cigar at the lowest prices in town.
While we favor our local teams, we don’t mind changing one of the screens so you can enjoy your favorite team. We have NFL Sunday Ticket on Direct TV.
Every Game on Sundays, Mondays and Thursday Nights.
- Indoor and outdoor Flat Screen TV’s.
- Specials on Beer Buckets, imported and domestic.
- Cigar of the Day Offers with discounts up to 40% on selected brands.
- Wine and Soft Drinks too.
Location: 1800 S. Young Circle in Hollywood FL 33020
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The Art of Smoking
On July 3 2015 Habano Cigar Club hosted its first event.
The event included an introduction to the Exactus Brand of Cigars.
In an ambiance of live music and camaraderie, the guests enjoyed a pleasant evening that included live cigar rolling demonstrations and a presentation of Tabacalera El Artista’s product line.
We look forward to the next live event at Habano Cigar Club.