For the first episode of our newly (and permanently) retitled Puff, Rotate & Review show, we wanted to kick it off with a real bang. Enter Ernesto Perez Carrillo and his knockdown line of E.P. Carrillo cigars. Let’s just say they ushered in the change with taste … literally.
You may recognize Carrillo’s name from his former company, La Gloria Cubana. He sold La Gloria in 1999 to Swedish Match AB, and left the company a couple of years ago to start his own cigar company. While La Gloria remains a great line of stogies, cigar lovers are the beneficiaries of his departure.
For our review, we tested the Golosos size. “Golosos” reminds us of the English word “colossal;” after seeing this vitola, and especially after smoking it, we think you’ll agree with that otherwise-inaccurate translation.
Normally, we pair cigars with an adult beverage of some kind. Today, though, we’re throwing a curve ball .. and it’s not a caffeine-fueled toss, either:
We bought this cigar at the Tobacco Leaf in Jessup, Maryland. Speaking of buying, we’re soon going to be offering the SodaStream machine we talked about in the video here at Stogie’d, and we’ll also share some of the ways you can use it to compliment your cigar experience.
Next week, we’ll review a cigar we’ve been promising to do for some time now … the Frank Llaneza 1961, which comes from another man who struck out on his own to make cigars. Will his efforts be the kind of home run that is Carrillo’s Core Line? We’ll find out.
Our sweepstakes for this week is over. Check the site a bit later in the day to see who won!
What do you think? Did Ernesto Perez Carrillo knock it out of the park with the Core Line? Would you pay $10 for a stick like the Core Line Golosos? Let us know in the Comments section below.