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Monday, 19 November 2012

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I really like the wrapper on the E.P. Carrillo Cardinal Natural.  It’s medium-brown with a nice reddish tint.  The wrapper almost has a marbled look under direct light.  There’s some oil and a few very fine veins.  The cigar is very smooth and firm to the touch.  The decorative band near the head showcases the E.P. Carrillo name and logo.  Overall, this is a very attractive cigar.  There’s a pre-light aroma of cedar, while the cold taste is peppery.

Once lit, the E.P. Carrillo Cardinal Natural burns as well as it looks.  The draw is superb and there is a ton of smoke.  The burn is razor sharp and no touch-ups or re-lights are needed.  The light gray ash is firm.  This is an excellent burning cigar.

The E.P. Carrillo Cardinal Natural 52 continues to impress with its flavor.  Pepper, cedar, and earth make up the first third.  The pepper is strong and offers a nice burst.  The second third picks up a bit in terms of the pepper’s strength.  I also pick up some grass, chocolate, and sweetness here.  The final third offers a relaxing finish, with a lot of sweet and creamy notes taking over.

The E.P. Carrillo Cardinal Natural is a solid cigar all around.  It looked good, smoked well, and tasted great.  It’s a good choice when you want to wind down after a nice meal, and while it is strong, it is not too overbearing.  This is definitely a cigar for experienced smokers due to its strength, so beginners should keep that in mind.  As for the price, a single costs around $7.  That’s not too bad, considering the quality you get in return.  You can also find it in packs of five or boxes of 20.  Pick up a five-pack to keep a few handy.

The E.P. Carrillo Cardinal Natural 52 earns a rating of 3.75 out of four stars.

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