As I mentioned in the IPCPR coverage, Ernesto Perez Carrillo is marking his 5th anniversary back out on his own. Ernie, as you may recall, had El Credito – the maker of La Gloria Cubana. It was his family’s firm that he sold to Swedish Match in 1999. It later was merged into General Cigar where Ernie continued until 2008 when he retired. That only lasted about a year when he and his son and daughter founded E.P. Carrillo cigars five years ago. This year, Ernie has come out with his anniversary cigar which uses an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper over a binder of Corojo 99 grown in Ecuador and Nicaraguan fillers for a medium to full flavored smoke. There are only 3,000 boxes of this one size 6.5” x 54 and only 10 to a box. But if you like bigger ring gauges, Ernie came out with the Inch a couple of years ago…an inch being a 64 ring gauge. They actually come in a 60, a 62, the aforementioned 64 and a 70. He uses a Corojo wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and a combo of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. They are certainly big’uns.