Growing a world-class cigar brand even once is a near impossible goal. Only a few companies that work at it will ever pull it off, and even then it may take a few generations to get there.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo has done it twice.
Some people are simply amazing, aren’t they?
E.P. got his start working at his father's small Miami cigar factory, rolling budget smokes for local businesses. Like so many cigar makers, his family had left Cuba in the late 1950's due to Castro’s revolution. Ernesto was only six when he saw warplanes flying overhead.
Things were different in Miami, of course, but business wasn’t always great. At one point, his father even wanted to sell, but Ernesto convinced him to hold out and started taking a more active role in guiding the business. After his father died, he took over full control of the company and launched the La Gloria Cubana brand. La Gloria quickly became a sensation, wowing smokers and critics alike. It was one of the most successful brands of the cigar boom of the '90s and Ernesto sold it to General Cigar in 1999.
After guiding La Gloria for another decade past the sale, Carrillo decided to leave his position at the General Cigar Co. and start another brand with his children. This time, he stamped his name on the brand, calling it the EPC Cigar Co. and labeling his cigars “E.P. Carrillo”. Slowly but surely, Ernesto built up the reputation of his new E.P. Carrillo line. With each new blend, he worked his way up the Cigar Aficionado Top-25 list and with the E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic, he found himself once again on the top of the cigar world, this time with a Cigar of the Year title.
The blends are among the best in the world, and Mr. Carrillo has proven his skill and expertise time and time again. In a sense, it started with a Cuban Davidoff, which Mr. Carrillo recalls was a rich experience for all his senses, not just those around his palate, but his “whole body.” The desire to create “a total sensuous smoke” is something that inspires him to this day. If you’re merely smoking a cigar, you’re only scratching the surface, apparently! Perhaps we can’t all enjoy cigars at his level, but we can take his finest work and give it a shot.
Whether you’re experiencing total ecstasy or just firing up a stogie, you could hardly choose a better one than these. We eagerly anticipate Ernesto’s next move, and highly recommend picking up a few of his cigars to join the best sticks in your humidor while you wait with us. After all, world-class smokes don’t simply fall into your lap every day (unless you work at Cigars Direct, of course).
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EP Carrillo FAQs
What makes EP Carrillo Cigars special?
EP Carrillo Cigars are known for their rich flavor profiles, meticulous craftsmanship, and the expertise of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, delivering memorable smoking experiences to enthusiasts worldwide.
Which EP Carrillo Cigars is considered a classic or flagship blend?
The EP Carrillo Encore is often considered a classic and flagship blend, recognized for its depth of flavor, complexity, and consistent high ratings.
What are the different lines or series of EP Carrillo Cigars available?
EP Carrillo offers various lines, including EP Carrillo Core Plus, EP Carrillo Inch, EP Carrillo La Historia, EP Carrillo New Wave Reserva, and the EP Carrillo Encore series, each offering unique flavor experiences.
Are there any limited edition or special release of EP Carrillo Cigars?
Yes, EP Carrillo occasionally releases limited edition and special cigars, such as the EP Carrillo Short Run series and various collaboration blends, showcasing innovative concepts and unique blends.
What's the flavor profile of EP Carrillo Cigars?
EP Carrillo cigars offer a diverse range of flavor profiles, from rich and full-bodied to smooth and nuanced, with notes of cedar, spice, cocoa, and coffee, providing a satisfying smoking experience.
How does the construction and craftsmanship of EP Carrillo Cigars compare to other brands?
EP Carrillo Cigars are known for their exceptional construction, attention to detail, and the use of premium tobaccos, reflecting the brand's commitment to quality and innovation.
What's the history and legacy of EP Carrillo Cigars?
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo has a rich history in the cigar industry, dating back to his family's cigar-making heritage in Cuba. Since founding Carrillo Cigars, he has become one of the most respected blenders in the industry, known for his expertise and dedication to quality.
What's the price range for EP Carrillo Cigars?
EP Carrillo cigars are typically priced in the premium range, reflecting their high-quality tobaccos and craftsmanship. Prices for EP Carrillo cigars can range from $7 to $20 or more per cigar, depending on the specific line, size, and blend.
Can I visit EP Carrillo Cigars factories or facilities?
EP Carrillo Cigars operates manufacturing facilities in the Dominican Republic. While they do not regularly offer public tours, they may occasionally host special events or tours for retailers, industry professionals, or select groups. Interested parties should contact Carrillo directly for information on visiting arrangements and availability.
Are there any upcoming releases or events from EP Carrillo Cigars?
Information about upcoming releases and events from EP Carrillo Cigars can be found on our website and social media channels. We periodically announce new releases, limited editions, and special events for enthusiasts to stay updated.