New Cigars 9.10.15.
It’s been a good week, friends. Just like jolly Old Saint Nick, the UPS man showed up right on time to deliver the goods yet again. Dig it:
Montecristo White Vintage Connecticut:
Dressed to kill in a gorgeous 2008 Connecticut Shade wrapper, the Montecristo White Vintage Connecticut combines tobaccos from Nicaragua, Peru, and the Dominican Republic to introduce an awesomely silky new profile to the Montecristo portfolio. To be fair, my opinion of this cigar may be a bit biased, as I first had the pleasure of lighting one of these up while taking a tour of Gershel Farm in Somers, CT where its wrapper leaves were actually grown. I have to say, it really hit the spot right after breakfast, even while I was practically melting inside a 105° curing barn. If you can enjoy a cigar in that kind of heat, it must be something special. Mild to medium in body, this smooth-smoker drops woody-sweet, toasty, and creamy flavor in every puff.
E.P. Carrillo is back in the building, ladies and gents, with one brand new blend and a few new sizes for two of his most popular lines.
E.P. Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro:
The latest creation from the “Godfather of Boutique Cigars,” the new E.P. Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro pairs an Ecuadorian binder and savory Nicaraguan long-fillers beneath a potent Mexican San Andres Oscuro wrapper for a medium-full bodied smoke you won’t soon forget. Complex tasting notes of Oak, bold pepper spice, and dark sweetness unfold through a slow even burn and generous draw, leaving the palate drenched in satisfying flavor. If you like your sticks dark, sweet, and distinguished, you and the Seleccion Oscuro ought to get along just fine.
E.P. Carrillo Cabinet:
The spicy-smooth E.P. Carrillo Cabinet cigar fills a rare Ecuadorian Habano Corojo ’99 wrapper leaf with long-fillers from Nicaragua and aged Dominican binder tobaccos for an eye-opening smoke with bright flavors of cedar, pepper, sugar cane, nuts, and more. These spot-on medium bodied smokes are now available in three new sizes: Double Corona (6 7/8 x 49,) Gran Duque (7 1/4 x 54,) and even a little Petit Corona Gorda (4 1/2 x 46) to enjoy on your coffee break .
E.P. Carrillo New Wave Reserva:
When the E.P. Carrillo New Wave Reserva first landed on our shelves last year it quickly rose to the top of the list of most flavorful Connecticut-wrapped cigars in our humidor. Boasting balanced notes of cedar, coffee, sweet tobacco, cream, caramel, and more, there are now four new ways to enjoy these smooth yet hearty, medium-bodied treats: Corona Extra (5 1/2 x 44,) Belicoso D’Oro (5 3/4 x 52,) Elegantes (6 7/8 x 49,) and Soberanos Real (7 1/4 x 54).
The Dark Knight Returns
You may remember the dark and delicious Murcielago cigar that debuted in 2009 under the now-defunct EO Brands banner. Though he claims he never knew the exact blend used in the Don Pepin-made original Murcielago, with the assistance of TaviCusa co-owner Amilcar Perez-Castro (who also happens to be a former Pepin employee,) Espinosa has recreated it through reverse engineering. Produced at Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Esteli, the new Murcielago (Spanish for “bat”) uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and fillers, and the similarity in taste to the original is simply uncanny. The smoke is thick and rich with balanced notes of cocoa, espresso, caramel, and black pepper. Seriously, how does one reverse engineer a cigar? Crazy, but I’ll be damned if it’s not one the best new releases of the year. Do yourself a kindness and wet your whistle on this radically rich resurrection.
There are lots more good ones on the way, folks. I’ll see you next week with a fresh batch.