E.P. Carrillo has announced the latest installment of its Perez-Carrillo series, the Encore Black. This cigar is a follow-up to the popular E.P. Carrillo Encore line.
The Encore Black features a distinctive blend of tobaccos from five unique terroirs. The blend features a U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro over a San Andres Mexican binder and all Nicaraguan fillers from the Condega, Estelí, and Jalapa regions. According to E.P. Carrillo, the tobaccos undergo an extensive 18-month hand fermentation and are aged for a minimum of three years. The cigars are aged for six months in the aging room after they are rolled. The cigar comes in one size, a 5 3/4 x 52 and is available in ten-count boxes. Production comes from Tabacalera La Alianza in the Dominican Republic.
“This blend really puts the spotlight on the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. We’ve given it a lot of time – 18 months of fermentation and then three years of aging – to bring out the rich flavors and complexity that is unique to Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers. We paired this wrapper with a San Andres Mexican viso binder and fillers from Estelí, Jalapa, and Condega, aiming with all of these tobaccos to complement the Broadleaf’s rich flavors. It’s a sincere effort from our family to yours, hoping to share what we love doing most,” commented Ernesto Perez-Carrillo in a press release.
The initial release comprises 20,000 cigars (2,000 ten-count boxes) in late February, with a total of 50,000 cigars (5,000 ten-count boxes) planned for release in 2024. The cigar will carry a $17.00 SRP price point.
It is anticipated the Encore Black will be showcased at the 2024 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. PCA 2024 opens March 23, 2024.
At a glance, here is a look at the E.P. Carrillo Encore Black.
Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: San Andres Mexican
Filler: Nicaraguan (Condega, Estelí, Jalapa)
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza
Vitola: 5 3/8 x 52
Photo Credit: E.P. Carrillo