Since the ’70s Ernesto Perez Carrillo Jr. has been involved in the cigar industry, although it was only 5 years ago that his name graced his own brand in. This year in celebration of his 5yr milestone E.P. Carrillo has released the 5th Anniversary as the next installment of his Edicion Limitadas. This cigar joins EPC’s Core Lines, Cardinal series, INCH series, the annual Short Runs and the newly released La Historia.
Vitolas: As with other E.P. Carrillo Limitadas the 5th Anniversary is available in one vitola, a 6.5×54 Double Roubusto that is available in 10 count boxes with an MSPR of $8.50.
Blend: Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Ecuadorian Corojo ’99
Filler: Nicaraguan composed of tobacco from Esteli, Jalapa, and Condega.
Appearance: The EPC 5th Anniversary has a very veiny and slightly oily wrapper, there is a bit of â€œold worldâ€ look to it. There are no flaws noted. The cigar is adorned with two bands, the first is a variation of the standard EPC band and the secondary denotes the 5th anniversary with dates and a picture of a tobacco valley.
Pre-Light: On the nose the E.P. Carrillo 5th Anniversary gives a strong cedar note with a hint of sweetness, with cinnamon spice being very dominant on the cold draw.
1st Third: The E.P Carrillo 5th Anniversary opens up with the cinnamon spice that is present on the cold draw. The spice does not fade much but does allow a coffee note to come through and the retrohale is full of cedar.
2nd Third: The second third shows a bit of sweet notes for the E.P. Carrillo 5th Anniversary, as well as some creaminess on the palate. The coffee notes also begin to pick up more as the spice reminds you that it is still present. The 5th Anniversary also begins to transition from a low medium to a solid medium on the strength scale.
Last Third: The last third of the E.P. Carrillo 5th Anniversary was pretty much a continuation of the second third. The spice picked up just a bit but the coffee notes were still the solid front runner. The cigar finished as a medium-full strength smoke with a good amount of punch in the end.
Construction: (A) The construction of the EPC 5th Anniversary seemed to be on par with most products from the factory. The ash was a bit flaky and didn’t hold quiet as long or as solid as it could but the cigar performed great with a nice draw from start to finish. The cigar also never burned hot, even toward the end.
Burn: (A+) The burn was excellent and never needed any touch ups or relights.
Final Assessment: Over all I believe the 5th Anniversary from E.P. Carrillo is a solid offering and stands up well in the Limitada category. This cigar is one that will be appreciated by most cigar smokers who are looking for a cigar that had a good amount of strength with out the palate blasting flavors of stronger Nicaraguans. I do believe that the EPC 5th Anniversary will age beautifully as well.
Rating: (BOX WORTHY) I currently think that this cigar is box worthy all day long, it comes at a great price and really delivers.