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Quick Smoke: E.P. Carrillo “Red Box” Pre-release

25 Aug 2012

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the man behind E.P. Carrillo Cigars, and before that La Gloria Cubana and El Rico Habano, handed me this cigar when I chatted with him at the IPCPR Trade Show a few weeks back. He said although he wasn’t selling it at the convention, this cigar would be out in September or October. It wasn’t clear the name had been finalized, but he referred to it as the “Red Box” blend (to distinguish it from the black “Core” and white “New Wave Connecticut” blends). I didn’t measure it before I lit this cigar up, but it’s roughly a big robusto size. The taste is notably salty and savory. It is full-bodied with earth, leather, black pepper, and lots going on. While not the most balanced smoke, it offers a full combination of unique flavors and, if the price is similar to its colleagues that come in the black and white boxes, it’ll be well worth picking up.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

3 Responses to “Quick Smoke: E.P. Carrillo “Red Box” Pre-release”

  1. Peter Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    How'd you get your hands on this one?

    • The Stogie Guys Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      This guy with the initials EPC gave it to me in Orlando.

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