Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo New Wave

Basic Information:

Name – E.P. Carrillo New Wave

Size – Robosto

Wrapper – Ecuador Connecticut

Tobacco Blend – Nicaragua, Dominican Repubilic

Pricing – $5.00

Body – Medium –

Construction/Appearance:

The band is white, red and pale yellow with the standard gold EP. The cigar is a nice medium brown with some visible veins and tight seams. The cigar is finished with a triple cap.

Pre-Light:

Aroma – Barnyard and Nuts

Type of Cut – Straight

Cold Draw – Nuts and Cedar

After Toast:

First Third – ​A vanilla mixed with earthy tones starts this stick off mixed with a blast of white pepper and spice. A medium bodied beginning to this cigar. Personally, I thought the balance in the beginning was a little harsh. The burn is perfect. Ash is dark gray.

Second Third – Earthy notes mixed with a nutty note are the primary flavors of this third moving the body back to mild. The finish still has a really light soft peppery note. The burn remained perfect. Ash fell at about the 2-inch mark.

Final Third – The earthy notes continue but a light leather is introduced with the pepper remaining on the finish. Body is somewhere between mild and medium to finish this cigar. Burn remained perfect.

Suggested Pairing:

Bourbon – Knob Creek

Wine – Coppola Chardonnay

Overall Experience:

Overall, the E.P. Carrillo New Wave had a pretty basic flavor profile with a few changes, but nothing crazy on your palate. The harshness in the beginning almost had me cutting this one short but glad I weathered the storm for the remainder of the cigar which was definitely more pleasing. Would I recommend this one? Probably not BUT there are many other great cigars from EP Carrillo, so don’t let this one deter you from trying their others.

Ratings:

Cigar Aficionado – 86pts

About E.P. Carrillo – http://epcarrillo.com