Last week I had the pleasure of reviewing the new EP Carrillo Elencos. This week, Jerry was slated to tackle the EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut. Unfortunately, for him, Jerry ran into some video problems and had to scrap the review. Fortunately, for me, it meant that I was then able to smoke this fantastic new cigar and tell you all about it.
I realize that by saying this is a fantastic cigar, so early on in the review, that I have spoiled it for you. The fact of the matter is, I simply can’t say it enough. I was highly impressed by this new connecticut and was even happier when I found out the price point. Available in four sizes, Stellas (5 1/8 x 42 @ $4.50), Brillantes (5 x 50 @ $5.25), Divinos (6 x 52 @ $6.25) and the Gran Via (7 x 49 @ $7.00), I think the EP Carrillo New Wave is this years rendition of the CAO La Traviata (Good cigar at a value price).
Since I’ve spent the last two paragraphs running off at the mouth about how much I like the EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut, lets take a look at the technical side of my experience. As usual, the first thing I did before lighting up my cigar was give it a visual inspection. What I found was a wrapper with consistent coloring and small veins. The cap was neatly applied but had a crack at the top. Visually, this crack was a distraction but was removed during clipping.
Once clipped, the cold draw tasted of spanish cedar. There was slight resistance which lead me to believe that the stick would produce plenty of smoke. Once lit, my assumption was proven correct and plumes of dense smoke were produced. This effortless draw remained for the entirety of the cigar.
There is a common misconception that Connecticut Shade wrapped cigars are mild. That assumption is laid to rest with the EP Carrillo New Wave. Medium in body and full flavored, this cigar hits the ground running from the very first puff. The flavor intensity doesn’t let up and only grows as the stick burns shorter. The finish is easy on the palate and presents a buttery-like texture.
The flavor of Spanish Cedar drifts in and out of the profile. For a few puffs this taste will be easy to distinguish and a few puffs later, almost completely gone. Flavors of leather and salt move in and out of the profile in a similar manner but do not play as large a roll. Combined with a rich taste of tobacco, the flavor profile is what I would easily describe as complex.
As I mentioned in the video, I was only sent two of these EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut cigars. Now that they have both been turned to ash, I can not wait to get my hands on more. I think that this cigar is going to overtake the Oliva Connecticut Reserve as my favorite Connecticut wrapped stick.