ValientesTo be honest I bought a box because of all the hype. They were never in stock until 2020. Smoking the first one, I was like Cigar of the Year my A$$. I could name 10 others that were better. It had a tight draw, the burn was bad, and the flavor was just okay. I put them away to rest in the humidor. The second wasn’t much better, the third I threw out the window about halfway through. So I let them set a little more, okay I actually waited until I had nothing left in the humidor but them and some Cubans and let face it they were going first. The forth cigar was magic!! Maybe it was the rest time, who knows but the fifth and sixth were just as amazing!! The flavor and burn were outstanding... So buy them, put them up for a month, and just don’t judge after one!!551
February 14, 2020
ValientesOne of my favorites.551
October 6, 2020
E.P. Carrillo Encore
6.12 × 52
E.P. Carrillo Encore Valientes cigars are rolled in a stunning Pyramid shape using only the finest 100% fully aged Nicaraguan tobaccos. However, Valientes are not your conventionally made cigars, because the leaves are wrapped and aged in tightly bound palm tree bark. This time-consuming 1-year sweating process brings out the outmost in flavor and aroma from the tobaccos. Furthermore, this 100% Nicaraguan blend that is normally very full in flavor, takes on a smooth medium body strength profile. This unique addition the immensely popular Family Series by E.P. Carrillo, coats the palate with creamy layers of sweet tobacco, rich earth, and a long-lasting spicy finish.
The Encore was named the number 1 Cigar of the Year for the Cigar Aficionado Top 25 Cigars for 2018.