Cigars are subject to tons of trends – but inch-long cigars? Is E.P. Carrillo serious? Will the Nub people start a lawsuit?
Oh, wait. The E.P. Carrillo Inch is an inch thick, not an inch long. (The ladies will be so relieved.)
All right, so this cigar is a part of the thick gauge cigar trend. And it isn’t something that E.P. Carrillo was pushing as a gimmick or anything. Instead, this is what smokers wanted. Customers asked for it. Cigar shop owners asked for it. E.P. Carrillo’s company sales reps asked when the brand would give the people what they want.
Ta-da! Here it is.
The E.P. Carrillo Inch cigar line features gauges sitting at 60 or more. The fattest one is a 64 ring gauge cigar, which is a full inch wide. Those who have wondered can probably understand now that ring gauges are listed in 64ths of an inch. Thus, a 32 ring gauge is a half inch, 48 is 3/4ths of an inch, and the 64s you’ll find here are the full inch. Hopefully this is helpful to some folks out there.
Anyhow, the Inch is one of Ernesto’s best sellers ever (just as his thick gauge La Gloria Cubanas were), and so it has spawned a number of varieties.
The E.P. Carrillo Inch Natural uses 3rd or 4th priming Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper around Nicaraguan and a bit of Dominican tobacco. The smoke has medium body and medium strength, with sweet spice over oak as the flavor profile.