The long-awaited Encore from E.P. Carrillo will soon arrive at retailers, as the company has announced that it will get its widespread release on March 15.
The Nicaraguan puro is centered around a two-year aging process for the wrapper that involves the use of tercios, bundles of tobacco held together by royal palm leaves and rope.
“I like to make blends that are not only going to activate your senses around the palate, but stimulate your senses everywhere, making it a whole body experience,” said Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. via a press release. “With this wrapper, I believe we have delivered. It’s always interesting when you smoke it, within every inch you will find a different complexity, and you find that it changes as you smoke. It keeps you coming back to the cigar. Some cigars you smoke and you smoke and you forget you’re smoking it, not Encore.”
The four vitolas are named for Perez-Carrillo’s grandchildren:
- Perez-Carrillo Encore Celestial (6 1/8 x 50) — $11.75 (Boxes of 10, $117.50)
- Perez-Carrillo Encore Valientes (6 1/8 x 52) — $12.25 (Boxes of 10, $122.50)
- Perez-Carrillo Encore Majestic (5 3/8 x 52) — $11.50 (Boxes of 10, $115)
- Perez-Carrillo Encore El Primero (6 7/8 x 54) — $12.50 (Boxes of 10, $125)
“My father blends from the soul and challenges himself with every blend, said Lissette Perez-Carrillo, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s daughter and co-owner of E.P. Carrillo. “The Encore’s name came from the concept of that last song at a concert, the one we all want to hear after a great performance. Being a former musician, my dad could relate to that very well,” she added.
The cigar has been on the radar for more than two years, with some of its earliest reports coming back in February 2016.
Images courtesy of E.P. Carrillo.