E.P. Carrillo came into 2020 planning a new release under its most highly acclaimed series, the Perez-Carrillo Series. That cigar would be the E.P. Carrillo Pledge. While the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the release (including shutting down the company’s Tabacalera La Alianza factory), the company is getting ready to roll out the Pledge this summer.
The name was chosen from input from consumers who visited the E.P. Carrillo booth at Cigar Aficionado’s 2019 Big Smoke Las Vegas event. E.P. Carrillo says Pledge is meant to be a homage to all cigar smokers.
The E.P. Carrillo Pledge uses a Connecticut Havana-seed wrapper over an Ecuadorian binder and all-Nicaraguan filler. Fans of E.P. Carrillo and cigars blended by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. have seen the Connecticut Havana wrapper emerge as a favorite from Ernesto and his factory. Recent uses of this wrapper by Perez-Carrillo Jr. include the Four Kicks Maduro for Crowned Heads and the 2018 E.P. Carrillo TAA Cigar.
Pledge was originally announced in two sizes: Prequel (5 x 50) and Sojourn (6 x 52). The vitola names were announced after we published our original story on the Pledge.
E.P. Carrillo Vice President David Sprit appeared on Prime Time’s Virtual Trade Show 2020 to discuss his company’s 2020 releases.
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