Blind Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo | Generosos Toro

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Cigar Info

This is a Casa De Montecristo exclusive cigar from EP Carrillo. The Godfather of Boutique Cigars has created a delicious one of a kind smoke that you can only get from Casa de Montecristo. It was released first in 2013. It is available in four vitolas – Robusto – 5 x 54  – 6 x 52 Box-pressed Torpedo – 6 1/8 x 52 Gordo – 6 x 60.

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Vital Stats:

Length: 5.875″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A.
Blender: E.P. Carrillo
Number of reviewers: 4Kent (Throck) Craig (WyldKnyght) (McGreggor57) Stefan (Stefan)
Price: $10.73
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: 2013
Contributed by: Casa De Montecristo

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Initial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“A silky, smooth wrapper that’s lightly soft to touch, and with four short veins.” -Stefan (Stefan)

Aroma: 90

“Mostly barnyard along the wrapper with a little cocoa present at the foot. Cedar and faint chocolate are noted on the cold draw.” - (McGreggor57)

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First Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“This cigar was easy to light and I initially got some mild spice flavor and earthy notes. I had to relight after a minute or so as it went out. Then about 5 minutes in had to touch up the burn. There was lots of thick creamy smoke.” -Craig (WyldKnyght)

“A mix of black and red pepper quickly gets my attention. Oak, leather and a bit of caramel come through as the spice fades. Halfway into the third, the flavors really settle in to a nice earthy profile.” - (McGreggor57)

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Second Third

Flavor: 91
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The complexity picked up a bit and added a walnut characteristic to the leather and cedar. These all played together nicely and formed a cohesive blend that was a great, pleasant smoke.” -Kent (Throck)

“This third continues with an underlying earthiness. A slightly charred oak and leather alternates with some baking spices in the background. The combination of flavors provides some nice interest.” - (McGreggor57)

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Final Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“There was not much flavor change during the final third, the same spice, earthy and pepper flavors I previously got.” -Craig (WyldKnyght)

“Black and red pepper returns to both the palate and retrohale. Oak and leather remain in the background as a slightly acrid note develops with the allspice. Not the best way to end a cigar.” - (McGreggor57)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 93

“The draw as near perfect throughout the smoke and did not vary at all. It was definitely a highlight of the cigar.” -Kent (Throck)

Burn: 88

“Ample amounts of smoke production and an even burn were great qualities of this cigar.” -Kent (Throck)

Construction: 88

This cigar was nice and firm no hard or soft spots. The ash was light grey in color and fairly solid.” -Craig (WyldKnyght)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Overall Experience: 89

“I really enjoyed this cigar. I thought the flavor profile was brilliant and a harsh flavor never showed itself. The only issue was with the wrapper cracking but this was purely aesthetic and did not hinder my draw. I would enjoy smoking this again in the near future.” -Kent (Throck)

“I really enjoyed the flavors in this cigar. The main issue with this cigar was the fact I had to relight it twice. Definitely would try this one again.” -Craig (WyldKnyght)

“I really enjoyed the early transitions offered by this cigar. The initial spiciness woke up my palate which was then presented with a well balanced profile of earthy flavors. The final third had some nice flavors that were overshadowed by an acrid quality.” - (McGreggor57)

“The first two thirds had too much of a young tobacco harshness for my liking. Fortunately, the smoke did end on a sweet note after all. In fact, the nub was considerably less harsh than the first third.” -Stefan (Stefan)


Smoking Time (in minutes): 75

  • Appearance 93% 93%
  • Aroma 88% 88%
  • First Third 89% 89%
  • Second Third 91% 91%
  • Final Third 89% 89%
  • Draw 93% 93%
  • Burn 88% 88%
  • Construction 88% 88%
  • Overall Experience 89% 89%

Total Score - Good



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