The E.P Carrillo La Historia Robusto Cigar received a well-deserved 95-rating in an independent blind testing. The Perez-Carrillos have worked a full two years on this cigar and it shows in the final product. The cigar is finished with a luxurious, dark maduro wrapper grown in the San Andres valley.
The cigar is crafted with a Mexican San Andres wrapper, an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers. This results in rich, chewy flavours that leaves you craving for more at first. Then you are hit with subtle notes of roasted nuts, coffee, black pepper and dark chocolate. A real connoisseur’s cigar. A hint of sweetness on the end results in a perfect balance.
Owner: E.P. Carrillo
Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A.
Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: San Andres (Mexico)
Binder: Sumatra (Ecuador)
Strength: 7 (of 10)
Size: 5 3/8″ x 52 El Senador (Robusto Extra)
Coming in a 10 count box these box pressed cigars are laid out in one row and they do look ever so inviting. The cigar features a luxurious dark San Andres wrapper grown in Mexico. The presentation of the Perez-Carrillo La Historia is beautiful. The band is well thought out and the bright colors against the dark wrapper are incredibly vibrant. The well packed foot is covered by a beautiful blue ribbon.
The start of the La Historia brings notes of chocolate and nougat. I had to check I wasn’t smoking a Topic chocolate bar! The retrohale of the cigar is spiced and the finish of the cigar has a strong coffee and sherry cask hit. Deeply impressive to start things off.
In the middle, some of the sherry cask notes are noticed on the palate. However, the primary note is coffee with hints of wood and nuts. The deep cherry like sweetness moves to the palate but it is more of an afterthought as the primary notes remain deep chocolate .The retrohale continues to serve up all kinds of pepper.
The final part sees the silky chocolate notes remain constant, with a sherry cask like sweetness. The pepper flurries to the nose, and it’s the strongest as the cigar comes to an end, but there is also chestnut aromas as well on the moderate to long finish on this outstanding cigar.
The robusto extra smoked perfectly throughout, and the ash held on firmly for practically the entire first half of the cigar up to the first red band. No issues with the wrapper or burn, this cigar was rolled by a true artist. Exactly what I expected when I first opened the box and saw these beauties all lined up and ready for me.
The draw was solid on the cigar. You get a big blast of smoke on every draw and it never overheats. It’s so well made you could put it down for longer than 15 minutes and it would still be lit but you never get anywhere near that long because you just want to keep enjoying it.
This box pressed cigar is a full flavoured smooth cigar that is medium plus in strength. It’s wonderfully flavoured and definitely a cigar I enjoy on a regular basis. Every time I light this cigar up it reinforces the fact that new world cigars can be quite excellent.
Ross Rating: 8 out of 10
What alcoholic drink would I pair it with? Blackwell 007 Jamiacan Rum https://www.havanahouse.co.uk/product/blackwell-rum-limited-edition-007-70cl-40/
Would I smoke this again? This is a regular favourite of mine, all I need is a sunny day and I’ll be smoking this again and again.
- Size : Robusto (5 3/8″ x 52)
- Strength : Medium – Full
- Wrapper : San Andres Maduro
- Origin : Dominican Republic