Today I have a cigar that has been hanging around my humidor for a little while, the E.P. Carrillo La Historia. I honestly can’t even remember the price I paid but it seems the range is around $7-$9. I also do not know the size but I am pretty sure it is the Dona Elena at 6 1/8 x 50. If not then it would be the El Senador at 5 3/8 x 52. To me the ring gauge felt like a 50, no bigger and I do not have a ring gauge guide to measure. It also seemed longer than a 5 3/8 so hopeful my guess is accurate.
Starting out the E.P. Carrillo La Historia with a wood base and a very slight spice. Also there is what tastes like the dry cocoa from the cold draw coming through. Smoke is smooth but not really creamy and a very good volume. Cigar is burning very fast. Hit medium body before halfway and close to full at the halfway point. Spice has intensified but not to the point of being over the top and a bit of orange peel has come into the mix. Definite full body right after halfway. For my mild-medium followers, be prepared for how this ramps up. Feeling the nicotine a little as I approach the end while the cocoa tuned to bittersweet chocolate, the orange peel got stronger and the spice got noticeably sharper. Even with slowing down on puffing this cigar was done within an hour.
Would I buy it again? Yes. I would buy singles since I would not smoke it all the time due to the strength but it definitely deserves a place in the humidor.
Before reviewing this I did not realize it made #2 on Cigar Aficionado’s list for 2014 although that was the E-III which is 6 7/8 x 54. I will try and find this size to try also as I like the 54 ring gauge and it may cut down just a tad on the power.