And the year keeps getting busier for Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. and family. As mentioned in our IPCPR coverage, by the end of 2010 E.P. Carrillo had released eleven cigars, and by the end of 2011? It was supposed to be a total of twenty-eight. Turns out there’s actually an eighteenth new cigar from Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. that will bear the EPC logo in 2011, the Elencos Elites Oscuro.

E.P. Carrillo is adding a Brazilian Oscuro to the Elencos line, starting with the Elite (6 x 54) in November of 2011. Elencos is a line added earlier this year, based off the Edición Limitada 2010, which was rebranded as the Elencos Elites size. In addition, Perez-Carrillo added two sizes: Acto Mayor (6 1/4 x 52 Belicoso) and Don Rubino (5 1/2 x 52 Robusto). In 2012, the other two sizes of the Elencos line will receive the Oscuro wrapper, as well as an unrevealed extension unique to the Elencos Oscuro line. Like the regular Elencos, the Oscuro wrapper hails from Brazil.

E.P. Carrillo is expected to release the Edición Limitada 2011 Dark Rituals in October and Crowned Heads, the much-anticipated new brand from former CAO employees, is set to release Four Kicks in November, the first client brand for Perez-Carrillo. In addition to the extensions to Elencos Oscuro, EPC is expected to launch Cabinet Selection with a special Ecuadorian wrapper later in 2012.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.