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Cigar Review: La Historia by E.P. Carrillo

At the 2014 IPCPR show in Las Vegas E.P. Carrillo cigars announced the release of the La Historia. This cigar is released as a tribute to all of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s family members who have provided support to him throughout the years of his career in the tobacco industry. This cigar is launched presumably to coincide with the 5th anniversary of E.P. Carrillo launching his own brand.

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Vitolas: The La Historia is available in three box pressed vitolas, El Senador 5 3/8 x 52, Doña Elena 6 1/8 x 50 and the E-III 6 7/8 x 54. The La Historia is very reasonably priced at $8-10 depending on location.

Blend: Wrapper: San Andreas

Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic

Appearance: The La Historia features a very smooth San Andreas wrapper that had very little tooth or oil, in fact it really did not look much like a San Andreas at all. The cap of the cigar seemed to be off slightly to the left, although all the cigars in the box seemed to be rolled the same way. The cigars were capped with a well done triple cap. The band was a very ornate one featuring gold and red that really catches the eye, there is also a secondary red and gold band that reads “PEREZ CARRILLO” just below the primary. Each cigar also features a blue ribbon on the foot of the cigar, a little added something that I really like as it protects the foot from damage.

Pre-Light: To the nose there are heavy notes of cedar with some slight cocoa and the cold draw produces cedar and pine.

1st Third: The La Historia opens with a big hit of spice but settles down nicely. Through out the first third the flavor profile is dominated by earth and wood notes. On the retro-hale there is still a nice amount of spice.

2nd Third: In the second third the La Historia continues much the same as the first. As the second third neared the end a slight bit of cocoa started to come through.

Last Third: As I hit the last third of the E.P. Carrillo La Historia the cocoa note began to hit just a bit more, although that was really the only noticeable change from the rest of the cigar. The over all strength of the La Historia was a medium-full.

Construction: (A+) I cannot take anything away from the construction of the La Historia, this cigar was very well put together as you would expect from an EPC product. The cigar held an ash well past the first third and fell only after I gave it a tap in the ashtray.

Burn: (A+) Once again not one bad thing can be said about the burn of this cigar, it burned even the entire time, never became hot, and never became harsh.

Final Assessment: Over all I was disappointed with the La Historia from E.P. Carrillo. Given that I normally like EPC cigars I had much higher expectations and felt that this offering just didn’t perform on par. The flavors were muted and somewhat bland, there was little to no complexity, and I was just left wanting something more.

Rating: (TRY ONE) My only recommendation for the EPC La Historia is to try one for yourself, I know that this cigar has received high marks by some, but I was unable to see where it was coming from.

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-Brandon K.

brandon@thecigarnut.com

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