E.P. Carrillo’s INCH line is getting a new extension this summer, and it’s coming from Nicaragua.
Today the company announced the INCH Nicaragua, a collaboration between Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. and Nestor Andres Plasencia. It will be a Nicaraguan puro using tobacco grown by Plasencia Cigars, including a shade grown wrapper from Jalapa and tobaccos grown in Estelí and Condega underneath that. Making the announcement via Cigar Aficionado, Perez-Carrillo called the cigar medium to full bodied with a strong peppery character as well as a caramel sweetness, as well as a completely different flavor profile from the INCH Natural, which also uses Nicaragua tobacco for its binder and part of the filler, but gets an Ecuadorian wrapper as well as Dominican-grown tobacco in the filler.
The INCH Nicaragua is being made by Plasencia Cigars S.A. at its factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, and according to the report, will be offered in three sizes:
- E.P. Carrillo INCH Nicaragua No. 60 (5 7/8 x 60) — $10.95
- E.P. Carrillo INCH Nicaragua No. 62 (5 x 62) — $9.95
- E.P. Carrillo INCH Nicaragua No. 64 (6 1/8 x 64) — $12.50
While this will be the first INCH to be made outside of E.P. Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic, it is not the first time that the INCH line has had a Nicaraguan puro, as in 2018 the company released the INCH Ringmaster.
Debuting in 2012 and centered around the idea of making cigars that are approximately one inch thick, the INCH line also includes the INCH Natural and INCH Maduro, and has a number of other line extensions including the INCH Maduro, INCH Colorado, INCH Short Run and INCH Limitada.
Representatives from E.P. Carrillo have not yet replied to an email seeking to confirm the accuracy of the initial report.