Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 19 November 2012

User Rating: / 3

cardinal natural 52e.p. carrillo
e.p. carrillo inch no. 60

epcarinch1 Today’s cigar reviews are all about Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and his E.P. Carrillo brand.  We will kick things off with a look at the E.P. Carrillo Inch and wrap up with a review of the E.P. Carrillo Cardinal Natural.


E.P. Carrillo Inch No. 60

The Inch line from E.P. Carrillo is all about thickness.  While there are only three sizes in the line, they all make an impact with ring gauges of 60 and above.  In fact, one size in the line has a ring gauge of 64, making it one inch thick.  That’s how the line gets its name.  The whole inch theme is certainly not a bad idea when you consider the popularity of cigars with large ring gauges nowadays.  The Inch was released earlier this year, and is somewhat limited due to the rare filler tobacco that it uses.

For this review, I am sampling the E.P. Carrillo Inch No. 60.  It’s the thinnest in the line, and measures in a 5 7/8 x 60.  Other sizes in the line include the 5 x 62 No. 62 and the 6 1/8 x 64 No. 64.  The cigar’s filler is made up of Dominican and Nicaraguan Viso tobaccos.  The binder is Nicaraguan as well, and an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper completes the composition.  The Inch also comes in a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper via its Maduro version.  The one used for this review is the Natural version.  The strength of the Inch Natural is listed as full-bodied.

It’s no surprise that the most noticeable aspect of the E.P. Carrillo Inch No. 60 is its thickness.  This is one fat cigar, so if you are looking for something that won’t bust up your jaw, look elsewhere.  Near the head is a decorative band that resembles a couple of rulers, which obviously refers to the Inch name.  The Inch name is inscribed on the top, while E.P. Carrillo’s name is on the bottom.  The cigar itself has a medium-brown wrapper with a slightly reddish tint.  Some oil and veins are present on the surface, and I notice no major imperfections.  The cigar feels firm to the touch and has little give.  Before lighting I notice a spicy aroma.  The cold taste, on the other hand, is of leather.

After lighting this big boy up I experience no negative burn issues.  The burn stays even from beginning to end.  Only one slight touch-up is needed, but that’s it.  The draw is easy and there’s plenty of smoke.  The ash is solid and gray.  We are all good in this department.


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