E.P. Carrillo Creates Dark Rituals Line for Cigars International


The name may be familiar but the cigars aren’t, as E.P. Carrillo is crafting a new line called Dark Rituals for Cigars International and its distribution arm, Meier & Dutch.

The Dark Rituals name was used for the E.P. Carrillo Edición Limitada 2011, the company’s annual limited edition release. Recently, the cigar has been seen on social media and Lissette Perez-Carrillo confirmed that a new line was in the works, though was clear that it is a different blend.


Brian Hewitt of Stogie Review posted pictures of the cigar this past week.

On the Cigars International website, it is described as having a Connecticut broadleaf maduro, Ecuadorian binder and Nicaraguan filler. The line is available in four sizes, a 5 x 50 robusto ($59.99 per box of 10), 6 x 52 toro ($64.99 per box of 10), 6 x 60 ($69.99 per box of 10) and 6 x 52 torpedo ($74.99 per box of 10).

While it’s an exclusive product, any retailer could order the cigar through Meier & Dutch.

Two of the sizes, the robusto and toro, have been released in five-packs, while the other sizes are currently listed as backordered. This is not the first time that Meier & Dutch/Cigars International has received an exclusive product from E.P. Carrillo, it previously has received exclusive Short Runs.

The cigars are made at Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. in the Dominican Republic.

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