Since opening his own factory in the Dominican Republic, Perez-Carrillo has released a good amount of brands, some more successful than others, but none as brilliant as the E.P. Carrillo Encore. He has long worked with Nicaraguan leaves, but Encore marks the first time he’s ever made a cigar solely using Nicaraguan tobaccos. Astute retailers might remember that he first previewed the Encore at the IPCPR trade show in 2016, but Perez-Carrillo didn’t think the wrapper was quite ready, so going with his gut once again, he decided to put the cigar on hold and give the wrappers more time to age, almost two more years. It wasn’t until last March that he felt the cigars were finally ready. The decision paid off.
The Encore’s rose-gold band may look familiar, as it’s the same one found on 2014’s La Historia, only in a different color. As the name suggests, this cigar is the “encore” performance to La Historia. Both bands have the image of Perez-Carrillo family members, including Ernesto’s daughter Lissette, who is heavily involved in the company.
The filler tobaccos deep inside are from Nicaragua’s three primary growing regions—Estelí, Condega and Jalapa—and all of it comes together in the Majestic, a robusto of immaculately detailed flavor that ranges from oak and tea to caramel sweetness with tangy citrus pops of candied orange peel. It’s elegant, refined and nuanced from first puff to last, but is also the culmination of a long career in tobacco and the result of a man who was never afraid to follow his instincts.
- Size : Robusto (5 3/8″ x 52)
- Strength : Medium
- Wrapper : Corojo
- Origin : Dominican Republic