Friday, July 20, 2012

INCH Series by E.P. Carrillo No. 64 Natural Review

INCH Series by E.P. Carrillo No. 64 Natural - 6 1/8 X 64. Wrapper - Ecuadorian Sumatra, Binder - Nicaragua, Filler - 3 leaves from Dominican Republic (a mix of Dominican Piloto Cubano, Corojo and Criollo '98 and some Nicaraguan viso. The inspiration for the name and the antique ruler styled band comes from the 64 ring gauge which measures one inch in diameter. Full bodied.

 Initial lighting taste - Dry wood and spice.

 First third - Oily leather followed by spice and a fruity, plum flavor.

Second third - Oily leather continues along with spice and plum fruit. Extremely smooth flavors.

Last third - Oily leather, spiciness and plum fruitiness. Long wonderful finish of spice and leather.

Construction - Attractive looking, light-brown colored wrapper with some small veins visible, a silky texture and a triple cap head. Very nice.

Burn - Straight burn with a dark gray, slightly flaky ash. The ash did hold on until tapped off.

Draw - Very good draw with tons of smoke.

Loved this cigar - I was amazed at how tasty this cigar was for such a big ring gauge. Complexity was very good but the balance and smoothness of this smoke is what really stands out. MSRP for this vitola is a very consumer friendly $10.00 which is a bargain for a 2 hour plus smoke. The INCH Series will be a regular production line, but due to the limited availability of filler leaves in the blend, only 100,000-125,000 cigars will be produced in 2012 and come in both Natural (Ecuadorian Sumatra) and Maduro (Connecticut Broadleaf) in the following sizes:

No. 60 - 5 7/8 X 60 (Box of 24) $210/$8.75
No. 62 - 5 X 62 (Box of 24) $186/$7.75
No. 64 - 6 1/8 X 64 (Box of 24) $240/$10.00

Highly recommended.

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