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E.P. Carrillo’s INCH line of stogies was created with the big-ring aficionado in mind. Featuring 3 vintage Dominican leaves, Piloto Cubano, Corojo, and Criollo ’98, along with some Nicaraguan Viso and a Nicaraguan binder, these thick sticks come in either Ecuadorian Sumatra or Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper shades. For today’s review I selected the skinniest of three sizes, the No. 60 (5 7/8 x60), in maduro.
The INCH wore a dark and somewhat mottled maduro wrapper and was evenly filled with an ample triple cap at the head. The band on the cigar was designed to look like an old-fashioned ruler, with the INCH logo stamped in gold. Even before lighting I noticed that this stick had a nice weight and feel to it in my hand, which is rare, in my experience, with big-ring cigars. Pre-light draws gave off a woody taste of cedar and oak with a little malty sweetness sprinkled in.
The cigar opened to a deep taste of semi-sweet cocoa and a cinnamon/nutmeg-like baking spice. The smoke started off light and airy, but quickly became dense and chewy after a few puffs. As I reached the one inch mark gentle notes of butter and creamy vanilla joined the fold, rounding out the profile beautifully.
By the time I burned into the 2nd third I was pretty much sold on this cigar. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate and rich tobacco spice with awesome, smooth balance made for a delicious profile that was right up my alley in terms of flavor. The burn had a bit of a lean to it, but this was one instance where the cigar was so damn tasty I barely noticed it. After a quick touch-up with the torch I was back to burning straight and enjoying the deep and savory flavors.
In the last third the main flavors were of leather, cocoa, and savory spice. The INCH seemed to taste better and become more complex the further in I went. Finally, with almost two inches to spare I had had my “nicotine fill” and ended the session.
While I’m not particularly crazy about the whole “big-ring” thing, the INCH maduro was by far one of the best-tasting cigars I’ve reviewed in a while. It held a nice range and depth of flavors and was much smoother than your average stogie. Maduro-lovers are bound to love the silky and interesting flavors found here, as well as the cool, easy burn thanks to the hefty ring gauge. E.P. Carrillo has been on a bit of a roll lately, but he’s really outdone himself with the INCH No. 60 Maduro. I’m giving this tasty beast an A+ grade, along with a digital/virtual high-five to Mr. Carrillo. Even if thick smokes aren’t your thing I recommend giving these a shot, you might be pleasantly surprised.
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