Anybody even remotely familiar with fine cigars knows the name E.P. Carrillo. Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is the king of cigars in Miami, and his portfolio includes knockout cigars like the 94-rated E.P. Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro (#4 Cigar of 2016) and the highly coveted, 96-rated E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic (#1 Cigar of 2018), just to name a few. For his newest release, Ernesto started with 6 different sample blends, and thought long and hard about which was worthy enough to follow in the footsteps of his previous hits. The blend he chose is the one he knew best paid homage to cigar smokers everywhere.
Hailing from the company’s factory in Santiago, Dominican, E.P. Carrillo Pledge is well on the path to becoming its own success story. An enticing dark Habano Connecticut wrapper encases an Ecuadorian binder and Nicaraguan long-fillers, creating a medium-to-full bodied masterpiece with notes of creamy cedar, leather, earth, bread, peanut, espresso beans and hay. The complexity teases the palate in a steady progression of strength from start to finish, and the finish reflects all the blend’s best qualities long after the nub is extinguished. The high quality, solid construction that E.P. Carrillo is known for is carried out in this line as well, giving this cigar an even burn and satisfying smoke production throughout the entire experience. Definitely not one to be missed, Pledge is sure to eventually be added to the long list of fan-favorites created by E.P. Carrillo. Don’t miss out on your chance to try this hidden gem.
Good news! E.P. Carrillo Pledge has been named the #1 Cigar of 2020! The award comes with an impressive 98-point rating, noting: “…E.P. Carrillo Pledge Prequel is a delicious smoke that delivers flavor in bold, zesty parcels of spicy oak, licorice, black cherry and black pepper. Baking spices sing like a holiday chorus, and when you think you’ve tasted all the cigar has to offer, a warm, familiar note of baked apple settles across the palate.”