E.P. Carrillo Cigars are a family venture for the esteemed Master Blender Ernesto Perez Carrillo. Creating some of the finest cigars ever rolled. Ernesto’s children pushed him to continue to craft his passion into reality and thus EPC Cigar Company began.
The cigar business flows deep in Ernesto’s blood. His father, Ernesto Perez Carrillo Senior, started the El Credito cigar factory in Havana, Cuba in 1948.
The Cuban Revolution brought Ernesto Sr. into discord with the Cuban government and even to jail. The family fled to Miami in 1959 and soon after El Credito cigar boutique was opened. In Miami’s Little Havana neighbor in the late 60’s.
Ernesto was not always sold on his destiny to be a cigar maker. His original dream involved playing Jazz in New York. After struggling a bit in the music industry he realized he belonged in Miami with his father handcrafting cigars.
The Perez Carrillo family hit it big in the American market after the creation of La Gloria Cubana. Cigar Aficionado loved the cigar brands coming out of the El Credito boutique. The magazine is partial to blame for the company’s quick journey to success. The family rapidly gained a huge following and immense respect in the cigar industry.
In 1999, Ernesto sold El Credito to Swedish Match but remained working for the brand under General Cigar Company until 2009. A year and a month after leaving Swedish Match, E.P. Carrillo launched its first cigar line. Ernesto is working with his family once again, this time with his children, Ernesto III, and Lissette.
Ernesto was 6 years old when he left Cuba. The Cuban cigar industry and escaping its government overtaking left a huge imprint on Ernesto’s craft. Each cigar crafted by Ernesto meets a high standard for dedication to work, humility, patience, and respect. Which he established not only for himself but for his company.
E.P. Carrillo follows the Cuban traditions of cigar crafting and tobacco leaves cultivation. These customs were taught to Ernesto by his father. Now he teaches it now to the new generation of Perez Carrillo cigar makers. Instilling in them the same traditions in Cuba that he was once taught.
These prestigious cigars, though crafted in the tradition of Cuban culture, are non-Cuban. Ernesto built his dream factory, Tabacalera La Alianza, in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
Each year new cigars are released for E.P. Carrillo. The purpose behind continuing to create innovative blends stems from the family’s commitment to achieving perfection.
The ambitious efforts do not go unnoticed. In 2015, E.P. Carrillo’s La Historia EP-III gained a 95 point score out of 100 by Cigar Aficionado. E.P. Carrillo also proves its integrity with membership in the exclusive Pro Cigar Association of Dominican Cigar Manufacturers. They continue to earn first-rate accolades for their impressive work.
Everything changed in 2020. Not just for the world, but for EP Carrillo. After years of hard work, fueled by a true passion for tobacco, came the EP Carrillo Pledge. It changed the entire game.
Receiving a practically impossible 98 point rating from Cigar Aficionado. This is the second highest score the respected publication has ever awarded. It is also the highest score ever awarded to a non Cuban brand. The results were nothing short of a masterpiece.
It came as no surprise that the EP Carrillo Pledge Prequel was awarded cigar of the year for 2020. Every single aspect of the cigar is praiseworthy. Starting with its Cuban seed Connecticut wrapper, grown right here in the united states. Which adds a layer of rich nuance to the whole cigar.
The fillers are pure Nicaraguan brilliance. Delivering an exciting flavor profile unlike any other. Including the sublime taste of spicy oak, licorice, black cherry, baked apple, and black pepper. Its truly a once in a lifetime cigar.
While the Pledge Prequel is the finest stick of the brand, it’s not the first cigar of the year winner. The E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic. A work of art in its own right, it scored a 96 in its review. Two points may seem minuscule, but even getting to a 90+ is an achievement.
A 95 is itself a rare accomplishment. So for any cigar, especially a non cuban blend, to make a 96 takes decades of expertise. The E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic offers a beyond premium experience. Sparking it up releases the tantalizing flavors of oak and tea to caramel sweetness with tangy citrus pops of candied orange peel.
E.P. Carrillo has a beautiful story to tell with each cigar. The foundation for their success is upheld by its reputable crafter. His family and their devotion to creating acclaimed unique cigars time and time again.