It’s Stog o’Clock once more, and this time, I check out the E.P. Carrillo La Historia. The size I review is El Senador coming in at 5.3×52 with a slight box press. This cigar has a very luxurious appearance with a rich Mexican San Andres wrapper concealing an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The blend (in the E-III size) was named No. 2 Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado in 2014.
The wrapper gives off a fruity barnyard aroma, while the foot produces a fruity tobacco smell. Pre-light, the draw gives me fruity tobacco. Once I torch this bad boy up, my palate is instantly hit with bold black pepper spice. There is a creamy coffee on the finish, and the retro-hale produces an earthy black pepper spice.
After twenty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. The burn is slightly wonky, but it doesn’t cause me problems. On the draw, I pick up a very spicy coffee mixed with a sweet berry note and some strong leather. Through the nose, there is creamy cedar with black pepper spice and a hint of hay. The finish is long and hits me with a spicy prune note and a powerful, smoky black licorice. Strength and body are both at the full mark.
The second third gets me to forty-five minutes. Smoke is just pouring out of this stick with each puff. On the draw, there is some bitter cocoa and espresso alongside spicy black pepper. Through the nose, the smoke becomes smoother with cedar and earth. The finish continues to be long with a big zing of black pepper and spicy leather. The body of the smoke is still very full, but the strength has not dropped down to the medium mark.
I reach the end of the final third at one hour and fifteen minutes. The draw produces a smoky coffee not with roasted nuts and more black pepper. On the retro-hale, there is a delicious mix of sweet cedar and chocolate. The finish gives me a very grassy earth with potent floral leather notes and more black pepper. Strength and body both close out at the full mark.
Overall, La Historia was another win for E.P. Carrillo. This cigar gave me a complex flavor profile and burned like a champ. The blend does taste a bit young, so I believe a few years in the humidor would do it wonders. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this stick. It had a fantastic aftertaste once I finished smoking, and that’s always a plus in my book. I highly recommend this one and can’t wait to try another with some extra age on it.
When in doubt, smoke a cigar.