E.P. Carillo Perez-Carrillo La Historia

4-17-2015 been in humidor since 2-25-15

E.P. Carillo Perez-Carrillo La Historia Doña Elena (6.125 x 50)

Wrapper: San Andres Mexican
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican

Blender: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr.

La Historia is a cigar about the roots of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr.’s family in Cuban tobacco, specifically the women that were behind the scenes making the family work. In true Cuban tradition, the tobacco may be cultivated by the males of the family, but the family is held together by the women, and without the family the Tobacco is nothing. This is exactly what the cigar is all about. This particular vitola of the cigar ( Doña Elena) is named after Perez-Carrillo’s wife.

La Historia was released at the 2014 IPCPR, though there was much talk about the cigar previous to its release. In 2013 it was mentioned on the Cigar Dave show that a cigar was ion the works to be branded under the Perez-Carrillo name. When it finally showed up a year or so later at the IPCPR, it made an impression. The cigar was not only correctly marketed but correctly blended, crafted, and inspired. These elements have led to accolades that most companies would lust after, including a #2 spot on the 2014 top 25 in Cigar Aficionado for the E-III size.

The wrapper of this cigar is dark with the triple cap being darker than the rest of the cigar. A few veins can be seen but the three bands that are on this cigar cover a large enough percentage of the cigar that it is difficult to tell if the veins are dominant or if they make small runs. The wrapper has a muddled look to it indicating that this cigar is not colored in any way, it has achieved this color by natural fermentation only. This always a welcomed sign. The three bands are large and striking with the color scheme of gold, white red and, boldly, a bright blue. This blue gives the otherwise classic feel of the band a modern touch. The other “modern cigar that is reaching into its roots” element of the band is the pictures on either side of the face of the band. On one side there is a woman with a background of a classic Cuban view of palm trees and original wilderness. On the other side there is a Cuban skyline with the same woman in the foreground.

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The cigar has a light feel to it. There is not much give to the sides of the cigar save for one tiny soft spot. The smell of the unit cigar is dark wood and earth. A lick on the cap is nowhere near as bold as expected. There is a mild slate taste to it and zero spice. Clipped with a double guillotine. A cold draw bring out coco and earth flavors with a hint at spice drops. The draw has a perfect amount of resistance.

Light with a soft flame.

the first few draws have a very woody quality to them. The aftertaste is lightly sweet and inspires the salivary glands to do their thing. In the finish there is a nice slate/mineral note that is very light and very difficult to notice. There is only a mild spice that lives in the realm of white pepper. There is little to no burn through the nose. This retrohale is predominantly wood with a hint of slate.

As the cigar settles in the mineral notes come out. The classic Maduro barnyard flavors become the backbone while the wood accents it wonderfully. The finish becomes longer and within that finish there is a very mild spice that is noticed. It is on the back of the palate. It is very smooth given the heavy flavors contained within.

Entering the middle third, the flavors seem to melt together some. The only stand alone flavor is the mild spice on the finish. The soft sweetness is the thing that ties the wood and slate/mineral flavors together. The sweet slate seems to keep the saliva running, making the cigar easier to taste. No water is needed to cleanse the palate because it is naturally being cleansed by saliva. A moist tongue tastes better, and this cigar makes itself taste better. This is a quality that few cigars seem to have. The burn is ever so slightly off but no corrective lights are needed, they always correct themselves. The ash does seem to fall fairly frequently, but the smoke is still cool. Very large plumes of smoke are created by puffing, a quality that is entertaining and makes the cigar feel bigger and more dominant than a decidedly medium body cigar should. This is all very balanced and enjoyable.

The Final third muddies down a little. This is not to say that the flavors are less clear but there is more of a rich earth flavor like often found in a dark roast coffee from Coasta Rica . This works well with the slate that is mentioned above. The spice is still late in the finish but still non oppressive in any way. The room note is absolutely to the cedar side of things. The balance in this third is fantastic, much like the balance in the beginning two thirds. The bold flavors of this medium body cigar make for a very enjoyable, non-palate-wrecking cigar. A

As the cigar approaches the end, there is a push on the spice, and it begins to show up on the initial and middle flavors. It is a soft spice that leans to a Nicaragaun woody pulp. It stays in balance though this is a drastic change for this cigar. This is how the cigar ends. It is clear why this cigar gets the accolades the way it does.

Burn to the burn

time: 2 hours 5min

Burn: 9
Draw: 10
Taste: 10
Aftertaste: 9
Construction: 9
Balance: 10
Feel: 10

Overall: 9.6

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~ by kuzi16 on April 18, 2015.

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