September 15, 2013
E. P. Carrillo E-Stunner Corriente (4x46)
Video review HERE.
This is E. P. Carrillo's newest cigar. I can tell you from smoking one previously it is a vast departure from any of his other cigars. But...more about that later.
This cigar started shipping to shops in late August or early September. This is the first cigar from Carrillo that uses a 50/50 mixture of Dominican to Nicaraguan tobacco. Normally he uses an 80/20 mixture. The wrapper is grown higher on the plant, which gives the cigar added power; hence, the word stunner.
The cigar comes in 3 sizes.
Corriente 4x46, Box of 24, $132 per box; $5.50 each
Siboney 5x50, Box of 24, $154.80 per box; $6.45 each
Brahman 5 1/2x54, Box of 24, $172.80 per box; $7.20 each
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Ernesto's inspiration came from his son and daughter, Ernie and Lissette. They were hoping to add to the Inch endeavor to create not only a phenomenal cigar, but also packaging that is creative and edgy. The bull on the label will speak to that.
I chose this, the shortest cigar in the collection, because we all have limited time to smoke our cigars these days. It would be nice to find a short cigar that is both good and has a nice price point.
The cigar has a reddish brown color and for a short cigar it has a nice feel in the hand. Here is a shot of the foot.
The test draw after cutting the cap was absolutely effortless! The initial flavors were a tremendous amount of leather. There is also some sweet cedar. The pepper is black pepper and rated at a 7.
1/2 inch in the flavors have settled down. You have sweet cedar, nutmeg, a ton of leather, dry oak, earth, and pepper which is now rated at an 8. The finish is a leathery cream with a huge amount of black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. This cigar is tremendously different from E. P. Carrillo's other cigars. Obviously they are going after the full bodied market.
About 1 inch in there is some richness developing in the cedar and leather. As you know, I don't prefer heavy leather cigars unless the cigar also has some nice sweet flavors. This cigar has that! This cigar also has power and pepper, which are nice to have. The finish is very sweet and still one of a leathery cream with ample lingering black pepper. This transition happened within the first inch of the cigar.
At the band the flavors are pretty much like previously. You get all the flavors of rich cedar and leather, nutmeg, wood, and earth. The cigar is very close to full bodied so I'll go ahead and call it full bodied. Leather lovers who want some sweetness and ample pepper should like this cigar.
With about 1 1/2 inches remaining the cigar is in balance. All the flavors are nice and balanced with nothing overpowering the others. The leather is subdued enough to match the sweet cedar. The nutmeg has departed but in it's place is cinnamon. The wood and earth are balance with the others. The pepper, however, has not decreased. It remains very strong at 8+. The finish remains unchanged.
At the end the flavors are like the previous segment. Balanced flavors. The finish remained a leathery cream with abundant lingering black pepper. This is a great addition to the Carrillo collection. It should appeal to full bodied cigar lovers. These should be on shelves now so look for them and try them. Great cigar.