The 2018 Top Cigars of the Year list was released back in December with a unique cigar coming in at number 1. The E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic was named to be the best cigar of the year, and fans everywhere rejoiced. While many of them had not yet had the chance to smoke the E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic, it was more of what that placement represented. It represented an acknowledgment of one of the worlds finest and most knowledgeable cigar blender who unfortunately has been consistently underrated.
Ernesto Perez Carrillo has been a master blender since before my time and truly came to prominence back in the cigar boom days. Before anyone had even heard of the E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic, he was busy building the La Gloria Cubana brand, turning it into one of the best selling full-bodied cigars in history. After selling the brand and starting out on his own once again, Ernesto has created some true gems. From the La Historia line to the Inch, the Carrillo team is a major player and one that is due respect and admiration.
This year we finally saw one of these outstanding cigars garner the attention that it deserved. The E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic is a Nicaraguan puro that is considered part of Carrillos “Family Series”. It uses straight Nicaraguan tobacco for the filler-binder and wrapper, an odd choice for a Dominican manufacturer, but a choice that paid off in the end. It is incredibly complex, with a mix of spice and sweet notes, as well as a dash of orange citrus and, has that signature Carrillo construction. The E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic is Robusto Esq size but has a longer than usual smoke time due to the construction and quality of the tobacco.
After so many years of being overshadowed by the Padrons and the Fuentes, we were ecstatic that Ernesto finally earned the top spot that he deserved. If you are looking for a top-notch premium cigar from one of the industry legends, then pick up your box of the E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic today at JR Cigars.