At the 2021 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show, E.P. Carrillo launched a third size to its Pledge line known as the E.P. Carrillo Pledge Apogee.

The Apogee was released prior to the show, but the size of the cigar was not unveiled until the show opened. The Apogee is a 6 1/4 x 58 – making it the biggest vitola in the Pledge line. The cigars are presented in ten-count boxes. A total of 3,000 boxes are being produced, but company owner Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. told Cigar Coop that he hopes to make the Apogee into a regular production cigar in 2022. Pricing is set at $15.00 per cigar and the Apogee is slated to ship in the fall.

Perez-Carrillo Jr told Cigar Coop that the concept was to keep the same profile as the popular Prequel size, but appeal to the bigger ring gauge enthusiast.

At a glance, let’s look at the E.P. Carrillo Pledge:

Blend and Origin

Wrapper: Connecticut Havana
Binder: Ecuadorian
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza

Vitolas Offered

Apogee: 6 1/4 x 58
Prequel: 5 x 50
Sojourn: 6 x 52

Photo Credits: Cigar Coop