Cigar Review : E.P. Carillo Inch No. 64
Size: 6 1/8 x 64
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder and Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubana, Corojo, Criollo 98, Nicaraguan Viso
Strength: High Medium to Low Full
Price: ~ $10.00 each
Behind The Stick:
If you have never heard of E.P. Carillo – I will not yell at you and tell you to get out of the rock you’ve been under or question your dedication to cigars but I will say, go do a quick google search and find out about some of the fantastic products this gentleman has produced over the years. Continuing with his previous successes and with the growing popularity of the larger ring gauges – E.P. Carillo has released the “Inch” which takes its name from the 64 ring gauge version ( the No. 64 being reviewed ) which measures a full inch in diameter. While the wrapper on the Natural version is the Ecuadorian Sumatra the Maduro version will carry the classic Connecticut Broadleaf we all love – each version will have the same blends within binder and filler. The E.P. Carillo Inch will be a staple of their normal production line but with the limited availability of the filler leaves I have heard they will only be producing 100,000 to 125,000 cigars in 2012.
First off – I have to state the obvious. Holy shit – this is one hell of a big cigar. I personally am not a fan of the larger ring gauges – not because of some debate about wrapper to filler ratios or because its a phallic representation ( thats a big dick joke right there ) but simply because I usually like robustos and coronas better.
That being said – the cigar is evenly packed from head to foot, the band was attached but not stuck, the cap clipped without issue and the foot lit quickly even though this beast is a 64 ring gauge. While you would expect the cigar to be fairly heavy – for all the tobacco that is jammed into this thing it really does fit well in the hand and has some ‘balance’ to it if that makes sense. All in all – good stuff.
Always with the flavors – well, this is one of the first cigars that I took a cold draw and actually got the ‘chocolate’ sensation people keep talking about. Not over powering, not dry – but ‘well shit, that kind of tasted like chocolate’. After I got over the initial disbelief, the cigar lit up and started with a mix of cocoa, earth and just a touch of black pepper on the sides of the tongue.
A little after the cigar had a chance to warm up I tried to focus on the notes – pepper, wood, mild earth all with this rich and sweet quality to them. Every now and then I would get this ‘in your face’ nutty flavor ( insert joke here ) but while it tasted alright, this balanced flavor combination did not remain consistent – the nut flavor ebbing in and out throughout numerous puffs added a new level of complexity I was not expecting from this monster of a cigar. The pepper kicks into gear mixing extremely well with the nuts and wood while still maintaining that ‘hint’ of sweetness that really sets it off.
Wether you are an E.P. Carillo fan, a big ring gauge fan, wanting to try something ‘unique’ or trying to transition from medium body smokes into full body – I think that the Inch No. 64 is going to fit right into what you are looking for. Even if none of those reasons fit into your ‘thang’ – it is hard not to recommend a cigar that is produced by a well known name, that comes reasonably priced ( $10.00 for the 64 rg ) and honestly – delivered more than I was expecting. If you have given the inch a try – please let me know what you thought. If not – then get out there and try one!
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