It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the E.P. Carrillo Maduro in the No. 4 size. This 5.1×42 Corona features a blotchy Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper that looks as if it could be dyed. This wrapper leaf is aged three years prior to rolling. Within is an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
The wrapper puts off a minimal manure aroma. Out of the foot, there is a raisin aroma. The cold draw is snug with chocolate and raisin flavor. Once lit, I pick up dark chocolate, mild raisin, and earth on the tongue. Through the nose, I find smooth leather with cedar and chocolate. The finish is short with black pepper spice and more chocolate.
Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, there is dark chocolate alongside black bean and oak. Through the nose, I find a delicious blend of dark earth, vanilla, and heavy cream. The finish is long with espresso, black pepper, and black licorice. Both the strength and body settle in at the full mark.
The second third gets me to forty-five minutes. The draw offers a chocolate-covered raisin note on top of more oak. On the retro-hale, there is more tasty vanilla complimented by leather. The black pepper is toned down on the finish and mixes with espresso and butterscotch. There is no change to strength or body.
One hour and fifteen minutes in, the final third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up toast with a bold, bitter espresso and some char. Through the nose, cocoa and leather dominate as vanilla falls off. The finish continues to be long with fruity earth, black pepper, and the return of black licorice. Strength and body drop down slightly in the final third to the medium-to-full mark.
The E.P. Carrillo Maduro is a delicious cigar for an exceptional price. It retails for around $5 and can be had for even cheaper if you know where to look. The flavors I found in the cigar are reminiscent of the Drew Estate Papas Fritas mixed with the Cohiba Secretos. Not often do you find a stick in this price range that offers so much complexity and depth. The burn and construction is spot-on aside from a slightly snug draw. This is the kind of cigar that would be perfect as a “daily driver,” and I highly recommend it.