Back around Christmas I recieved an email from Abel Florez of Florez Tobacconist in Summit New Jersey. In that email Abel began telling me about a cigar he had created by Ernesto Perez Carrillo and asked if I would be interested in reviewing it. Being a borderline Ernesto Perez Carrillo Fanboi, I was eager to give it a try.
I received the cigars in short order and was a little surprised when I opened the box. The box, which contained 10 Abel’s Premium Selection Papos, was very reminiscent of the old Drew Estate La Vieja Line in that the box wasn’t wood, it was much like the material used to make cereal boxes.
While the packaging wouldn’t normally raise concerns, the price was a bit of a shock ($18.95 per single or $170 per box of 10). Not sure what to think, I lit up the first cigar and I forgot all about the packaging. The flavor profile was as if the very best aspects of the EPC New Wave El Decano were crammed into this cigar, with richer and more dynamic flavors.
The Abel’s Premium Selection Papos exceeded my expectations and made for a wonderful smoke. It produced rich flavors of wood, creaminess, heartiness, and a dash of something interesting that I couldn’t put my finger on. The construction was excellent and produced plenty of thick smoke, each and every time I drew on the cigar.