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Smoke Notes Cigar Reviews: E.P. Carrillo New Wave Reserva Robusto

epcar_res_robE.P. Carrillo New Wave Reserva Robusto (5×50)

W: Ecuadorian Connecticut
B: Connecticut Broadleaf
F: Nicaraguan and Dominican

Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. , Santiago, Dominican Republic

A “sequel” of sorts to E.P. Carrillo’s highly-rated New Wave Connecticut, the New Wave Reserva swaps out the Connecticut’s Nicaraguan binder for a Connecticut Broadleaf and replaces the wrapper with a darker leaf from a higher priming for a more robust, slightly fuller-bodied profile.

 

 

 

Notes:

  • Despite a clumsy torch job on my part, the burn-line on this robusto corrected itself quickly and remained straight and clean for the rest of the smoke
  • This stick was deceivingly potent in strength, maxing out at a high medium body
  • Ashes were strong with this one, hanging on for 2-3 inches at a clip
  • Smoke output was generous, with each pull came thick plumes.
  • The 2nd third in particular held a great balance of spice and cream.

Flavor Report: Cedar, White Pepper, Leather, Black Pepper, Oak, Heavy Cream, Almond, Rich Tobacco

Overall:

7/10 – A solid medium bodied smoke with good balance, rich flavor, and smooth performance.

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Have you tried the E.P. Carrillo New Wave Reserva? If so, we’d love to hear your take on it, tell us what you thought in a comment below.