It’s the time of year for festive gatherings, and I’ve been to a few recently. And so has local cigar maker, Sean Williams, owner of El Primer Mundo. At one of the parties we were talking about future cigar releases when I realized I completely forgot to review his new one for 2011, the Epifania. (You had your chance, Jerry.) So as the year comes to a close, it’s time to handle some unfinished business.
When Sean talks about the Epifania, he speaks in about it in comparison to the Liga Miami which he released in 2010. The two sticks are very similar. Both are made at El Titan De Bronze factory in Miami, rolled entubado and feature dual Nicaraguan binders. Where they differ in composition is the wrapper, which is a different priming from the same plant, and the blend, which is said to be fuller and spicier than the Liga Miami.
The Epifania is also different in packaging and available vitolas. Unlike the Liga Miami, it comes in a single size, Sean’s favorite, the 6 x 52 toro. Though he tells me another size is in the works, and if all goes as planned, we’ll probably be seeing it at IPCPR in 2012. However, it may be released under a different name. All of this is subject to change, as the next trade show is still more than half a year away. In the meantime, if you’d like to try one that actually exists now, look for a big box. It comes in a 50-count, which would set you back around $500 (plus applicable taxes) if you were to take the whole thing home.
Now let’s sample Sean’s tobacco epiphany.
Size: 6 x 52
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Smoking Time: 2 hours
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Price: MSRP $10.00
The nice thing about the Epifania is there can be no confusion about which Primer Mundo you are buying. Between the purple main band, and the second silver band with the name on it, there’s no way you’ll light this one up expecting the taste last year’s Liga Miami. Heck, people might even call it by name instead referring to it as the purple (or better yet, platinum) label.
The cigars I burned for this review were oily and not terribly dark in color (a tad lighter than the Liga Miami), had mostly fine veins and few, if any minor surface imperfections. I noticed a small amount of cracking at the foot of a couple cigars, probably due to a life without cellophane, and another with a few small green marks.
The cigars were consistent to the touch, but had a good amount of give. I picked up a funky and floral aroma on the wrapper, but it was pretty light. The cold draw was good, and tasted of molasses, sweet spice and hay.
Overall, the Epifania burns pretty well. I have run into draw problems occasionally with the Liga Miami, but that was not the case here. The only issues I had with the cigars was an occasional unevenness and maybe a relight or two, particularly nearing the end of the cigar.
The Epifania offered impressive flavor right off the bat. Rich and smoky earth, graham and spice filled the first few puffs. The cigar then opened into an involved profile of dark chocolate, earth, cedar and spice, with sweet notes of caramel and vanilla. Midway through the third there was a distinct sour cream flavor, though odd as it may sound, worked pretty well. It was a little more pronounced in some cigars than others especially in the finish.
Entering the second third, there was a savory quality to the earth, and somewhat nutty wood mix. Cinnamon appeared, graham reappeared and light vanilla sweetness shook loose the sour cream influence of the first third. This portion of the cigar was significantly sweeter than the rest and it lingered in the finish, but varied from vanilla, to caramel to something like maple frosting. I was beginning to wonder if a neighborhood bakery caught fire.
On the way to the final act, the sweetness gradually fades, returning the cigar once again to an earthy, woody and spicy profile with a good dose of cinnamon.
Ten bucks a stick may price the Epifania out of some people’s budget, but as time marches on, and taxes and inflation do their damage, I find myself buying more and more cigars around this price. And let’s not forget, these are made in Miami, and that’s not cheap. All told, it seems reasonable.
The Epifania is an excellent cigar, and I feel foolish for having overlooked it for so long. Since much has already been said about the similarities between it and the Liga Miami, I can say the Epifania is definitely fuller and spicier, but It’s a tough call which I like more. It would probably depend on the circumstances, but I’m leaning toward Epifania right now. (Of course that could be because I just smoked a fistful of them.) Regardless, this cigar is definitely box-worthy, but it’s 50-count container gives me pause. For the sake of this review let’s just pretend it’s about half the size. If you haven’t had one yet, this is one you don’t want to miss, if you have, you already know that.
Liked It: Box-worthy
Buy It Again: Yes
Recommend It: Yes
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11 thoughts on “El Primer Mundo Epifania”
Great review Brian. I have tried both the Epifania and Liga Miami, and I have to say that right now I prefer the overall balance of the Liga. If the Epifania had a bit more depth to the flavors to balance with the added spiciness, I would probably go with that one. I guess I’ll just have to smoke more of each to come to a more informed conclusion. 😉
That being said, I haven’t had a less than enjoyable EPM yet. And having met Sean at an event, I can say that he’s a great guy, dedicated to quality and value in his products, and am glad that he hasn’t jumped on the knock you on your ass bandwagon.
I “like” the Liga Miami…not enough to buy any more of them at ~$10 a stick, but I do like them. I “love” the Epifania, though. Great cigar with tons of flavor and I honestly find it hard to believe it’s that closely related to the Liga Miami even though Sean says it is. Box-worthy? Yes…but only if they decide to put it in boxes that mere mortals can afford! 🙂
I’m a big fan of this blend–would highly advise to seek out and buy. Kudos Sean.
I love this cigar. I like the Liga Miami a lot and went back and forth on which I liked more, I think the Epifania wins for me. I enjoy each one I smoke even more than the one before. This one would rank in my top cigars of the year for sure.
I too, prefer the Epifania. You are correct, it is a little spicier (enough to notice) and I like spice! Thanx for the review Brian!
I appreciate the feedback guys!! …..oh and boxes attainable by mere mortals will be coming in 2012 in the 20-ct variety…LOL Thanks again guys!
Great Review Brian sounds like a good solid stick at that price it maybe hard for me to pick up but if I come across one I will probably have to shell out the bucks. Merry Christmas
Agreed if I see I’ll buy one off your review! But 10$ is steep. Also, as it is Sean’s favorite size, its my least favorite! I rarely get more than an hour to smoke! A corona would be cheaper AND right up my alley!
Another size IS in the works, who knows, you may just get your wish granted in the coming year.
Please tell me if or where can I purchase the El Primer Mundo Epiphania will be a blessing to me at this moment, or the Cohiba Red Dot. Just a seasoned aficionada who absolutely love this brand. If you can help me, it would be a blessing. Thank you very much. I’m sorry this is not a comment but I just would love to know and share his cigars joyous experiences. I my last wishes in this world right now is to be able to enjoy all the essence and love in these cigars.