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”.

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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!

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How to Choose Great Cigars

Great Cigars http://habanocigarclub.comGreat cigars do not have to be expensive to be good.

There are certain characteristic every good cigar must have, and price isn’t necessarily one of them.

While it is true that higher priced cigar brands usually are more consistent in quality, some of the less known brands are made with high quality tobacco rolled by cigar rollers with years of experience.

Finding great cigars at reasonable prices is not that hard to do.

All great cigars must have at least these three common characteristics:

  • Great Flavor.  Cigar flavor varies according to the different tobacco varieties that have been rolled into it.

Much of the flavor is dependent on the Wrapper which is the external leaf, it  gives it character and flavor.

The first thing that stands out is the color. It ranges from very light (Candela) almost greenish all the way to black (Maduro).

Wrapper color  and feel depend on how much sunlight has reached the leaf during the  drying process.  The less light the wrapper leaf has received, the  lighter the color and the smoother its finish.

Cigar Shades for Great Cigars

Flavor also varies with color, dark wrappers give the cigar a touch of sweetness, while lighter ones feel a lot dryer.

The best wrapper leaves come from Cuba, Ecuador, Indonesia and the United States.

Therefore, look carefully at the outside of the cigar, and ask about its origin. That will determine most of the flavor.

  • Even Burn.  Underneath the wrapper there is a group of cut filler leaves folded and wrapped and held together by a strong binder leaf or  (Capote). The filler will determine how the cigar  burns.

Looking at the cigar’s inside, the filler, which holds most of the tobacco in the cigar. must be folded in such a way that it allows air to flow and make the burn even and smooth.

Too loose and it will burn hot and too fast, too tight and the cigar will be hard to smoke and turn itself off.

Good filler leaves usually are blended to create character and consistency to the flavor.

Blending milder leaves usually from the bottom of the plant (Volado) with medium (Seco) and strong flavored ones from the upper portion of the plant (Ligero) give additional character and flavor.

  • Consistency.   A good cigar brand will usually have the same raw materials always. Therefore  you can expect to have  the same great smoking experience every time.

Try different cigar varieties until you find those great cigars you have  been looking for.

Choose the one you like best and stay with it.

At Habano Cigar Club we believe that Great Cigars don’t have to expensive to be good.

Visit us, join the Club and get great discounts on great cigars online or at our Hollywood Cigar Lounge and store.