EP Carrillo Encore Majestic
This is a cigar review of the EP Carrillo Encore Majestic by E.P Carrillo Cigars. The size chosen for this review is the robusto. This cigar is a Nicaraguan puro with a Havana wrapper and tobaccos from various regions of Nicaragua. Those regions include Jalapa, Condega and Esteli. This is a medium plus smoke and retails for around $10.50.
With hopes of producing the first Nicaraguan only tobacco cigar of the EP Carrillo line they debuted this cigar at the IPCPR trade show in 2016. Not entirely happy with the product, Carrillo decided to let the wrapper age for another two years. Release in March of 2018, it made an immediate splash in the market as the finest smoke of the year. The EP Carrillo Encore Majestic received the distinguished honor of Cigar Aficionado’s 2018 cigar of the year.
This E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic is a nice medium brown leather in color with a few subtle veins and slightly lifted seams. This stick is half box pressed into an oval like shape.
Aromas of barnyard and cedar twist the nostrils on the pre-light sniff test. We used the straight cut on this cigar for the review. The cold draw produces notes of sweet cedar.
First Third – Oak and spice take the stage right out of the gate with a nice deep peppery note sitting on the back of the palate. A nice orange peel like note comes into play a few minutes in. Some natural tobacco and oily leather notes kick in too. The burn is wavy and ash holds through the third.
Second Third – The Spicy Oak notes carry into this third with some cedar undertones. The natural tobacco nots also show themselves in and out. The citrus rind type notes also continually pop in and out as well. The burn remains wavy and ash fell at the halfway point.
Final Third – The Spicy Oak note is beautiful in this smoke. Almost like a nice aged red or chardonnay. The citrus rind note comes back full force here as well. The oiled leather hits the finish hard and lingers. The burn remains wavy.
Wine – Caymus Cabernet, Abadia Retuerta Blanco Ledomaine
Scotch – Johnnie Walker Blue
This EP Carrillo Encore Majestic is a great smoke from start to finish. The oak is a predominant flavor, but the flavor in the profile that gives this the distinctness you would expect out of the cigar of the year is the citrus rind. What a nice change of pace and I think Cigar Aficionado nailed this for 2018!
Cigar Aficionado – 95pts. 2018 Cigar of the Year
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