E.P. Carrillo Pledge of Allegiance L.E. 2023
E.P. Carrillo Cigars is releasing an exclusive product to commemorate the establishment of the United States. Dubbed 'E.P. Carrillo Pledge of Allegiance 2023', this new blend draws upon two of the brand's highly rated cigars, Pledge and Allegiance, having special personal significance as it marks the journey of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo from San Cristobal, Cuba to the US.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo was a mere seven years old when he crossed the sea to seek refuge in the United States in 1959. He had donned a suit, hat and tie for his journey alone, yet the determination to attain freedoms and the American dream was evident in young Ernesto. As his daughter, Lissette Perez-Carrillo, remarked, "Ernesto came to the States with the American dream—we want to highlight this idea and patriotism".
The E.P. Carrillo Pledge of Allegiance L.E. 2023 blend utilizes American tobaccos, featuring a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Connecticut-seed Ecuador binder and a mix of US, Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos. These 6x54 box-pressed cigars come in Americana-styled boxes, with red, white and dark blue coloring and a white arc of stars. Limited to 1,776 boxes to commemorate the year of US independence, the cigars will be released in mid-June.
“It is a first-time blend for me,” says Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. “I enjoyed working with these American tobaccos very much.”
Since I plan on aging these for a long time, I have yet to break the seal on the box - it’s sitting in a tupperdor with 65% Bovedas. Nonetheless, the service provided from Cigars Direct was great. They were the only online retailer that seemed to have gotten these in stock during release week. I signed up for the mailing list so I would get a notification once they were in stock, and I placed my order right away after being notified via email. The order came in a timely manner, well packaged, and with a free drawstring bag as well. Thank you!
Excellent as always
One of the best. Awesome cigars!
From presentation to performance this cigar has all the characteristics that make EP Carrillo one of the greats of our time! The cigar is not designed to be a “top cigar” for some list. It was blended to pay homage to the land which gave him the opportunity to achieve this great dream. And he did just that. With rich tobacco flavors, coffee, and Hints of chocolate with a nuttiness on the retro. This cigar is very linear and doesn’t transition like many others in the new world cigar lineup. It’s more of a nod to his roots from Cuba as the old world cigars are this way with little “transition” and more or a development of flavor. I rate this at a solid 90. Those points are based on construction, presentation, flavor and the story. Not like you’ll find one now, but if you’re ever offered one, SEIZE the OPPORTUNITY!
A solid 100!
I was lucky enough to get a box. Was glad I did as it seems they sold out everywhere in less than a day. As expected- perfect. Burn great, draw great, aroma taste great. And what a great look and label too! It’s unfortunate that they are only limited. This box will not last long! It’s even better than the allegiance wingman which I didn’t think possible. My score 99.99 (.01 deducted for being limited!) If you can find one get it, fantastic smoke.
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