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Video Review: E.P. Carrillo Core Line

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logo - Puff, Rotate and ReviewFor 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.

Sweepstakes Alert

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.

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About Bob Woods

A cigar lover for many years, Bob is combining his appreciation for cigars with his experience and expertise in a wide variety of digital-related areas with Stogie'd. When he's not working on Stogie'd, Bob is creating all kinds of content for his company, CruxBridge Media. He is also vice president/general manager of Electric Advisors, Inc.'s residential division.


  1. Travis @ TPD says:

    Nice review. Sounds like a really good cigar. I’ve read and heard lots of other good stuff about this cigar so it now is a must smoke cigar. Hopefully I will score a couple of these in the contest. *fingers crossed* :D

    • Bob Woods says:

      I had read good things about them, too. They rang a bell when I saw them in the store last Friday, so I picked ‘em up. And good luck in the contest!

  2. Really intrigued to try an EP. Heard really great things about them. Unfortunately there aren’t very many B&Ms around here, so my cigar selection is limited to what I order online, and what I pick up on my occasional run 60mi up to Nashua, NH.

    • Bob Woods says:

      I’ve seen several places online where they’re available, so it shouldn’t be a problem to get them via Al Gore’s wonderful Internet contraption thingie. I have to admit I haven’t seen them a lot in stores around here, and I’m in the DC area, so they may be a bit harder to buy at cigar shops.

    • Bob Woods says:

      I also just noticed your Gravatar avatar, and that you found Stu Stogied’s long-lost cousin! (You have no idea how long it took me to find a graphic “mascot” for the sites … and how long it took me to take him apart and make him the star he is now ;) ).

  3. Interesting Notes :D Reminds Me Of A Couple Cigars I Had The Weekend. Had You Puffed With Coffee, Would You Have Looked For A Compliment Or A Contrast? Thanks Again For The Review As Well As Chance For 2 Sticks! |_|B

  4. Steve says:

    LGC was my go to cigar when I started smoking cigars a few years ago.I have smoked several of the EP Carrillo’s and the flavors are very similar.Great smoke and I always keep a couple in my humidor.

  5. Doug says:

    I love these cigars and hope I win! @Dugrhill

  6. smokeoffering says:

    Great review. Hope to win the two!

  7. Doug Halcomb says:

    Thanks for the review. I really enjoyed it and will follow you guys for more great content and reviews. Keep up the good work. I am new to Twitter and would appreciate some followers as I tweet about my love of the leaf as I enjoy cigars and tweet all about it.

    • Bob Woods says:

      Doug – welcome to the site, the giveaway and Twitter. Thanks for the kind words about the site, too.

      Here’s a guide I recommend to those new to Twitter: . Hope this helps.

      One thing I’d add to the guide is to use hashtags in your tweets. So if you’re tweeting about cigars, add #cigar and/or #cigars , if you have the space in your tweet. Other people search Twitter with hashtags like that, and if they like what you’re tweeting, they’ll follow you.

      I should probably put together some kind of guide about Twitter and tweeting, written especially for cigar enthusiasts …

  8. @G8rTrainer says:

    Have been following you for awhile Bob. I think you know your stuff. Too bad you’re not in South Florida. We’re enjoying a smoke by the pool in the beautiful warm sunshine right now! :-)
    Regarding your reply – YES please write a tweet guide for cigar lovers!

    • Bob Woods says:

      Thanks for the kind words. I do wish I was in sunny South Florida right now, too .. although it is going to be warmer here in DC over the next week or so (it’s 50 degrees now, and is supposed to get into the upper 50s tomorrow).

      I’ll probably do more with a Tweet guide for cigar lovers .. it’ll probably happen when I launch the e-newsletter for the site (will include it for anyone who signs up for the newsletter).

      I also think it’s cool that a personal trainer enjoys cigars.

      Thanks for the comment!


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