Cigar Reviews

E.P. Carrillo – La Historia Dona Elena

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La Historia by E.P. Carrillo gained a ton of attention after landing the #2 spot on Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 cigars of 2014 list. But in typical Casas Fumando fashion, we are finally getting a review up nearly four years after its release.

E.P. Carrillo La Historia

Launched at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, La Historia features a Mexican San Andres wrapper, Ecuadorian Sumatran binder, and Nicaraguan filler tobacco. The cigars are made in the Dominican Republic at Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s Tabacalera de Alianza S.A. factory. Each frontmark pays tribute to a member of Ernesto’s family. Available vitolas include El Senador (5 3/8 by 52), Regalias d’Celia (5 7/8 by 58), Dona Elena (6 1/8 by 50), and E-III (6 7/8 by 54).

E.P. Carrillo La Historia

You can purchase the E.P. Carrillo La Historia from our good friends at Famous Smoke Shop.

THE FACTS

Price: $10.75
Vitola: Dona Elena
Size: Box-Pressed 6 1/8 by 50
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 20 Minutes

PRE-LIGHT

The E.P. Carrillo La Historia Dona Elena is draped in a very dark wrapper that is heavily coated with oils. There are some medium sized veins on the leaf and scattered bumps. The cigar is firm through and through.

E.P. Carrillo La Historia

A vinegar aroma comes across as I bring the wrapper to my nose. The foot of the cigar is much more pleasant with graham cracker and chocolate. Upon cutting the triple cap, I find a stiff draw with some cinnamon, graham cracker, rich cedar. The cinnamon spice warms my palate and lips.

E.P. Carrillo La Historia

FIRST THIRD

The snug foot band frayed the Mexican San Andres wrapper during removal. The damage is minor and I do not foresee it impacting the cigar. The introductory flavors are rather tame on the La Historia. There is charred wood, black tea, a faint honey sweetness, and pepper. There is also a lemon zest. The cigar is burning well as a salt and pepper ash holds to an inch.   

E.P. Carrillo La Historia

MIDDLE THIRD

The lemon zest has evolved into a floral quality as I move into the second third of the La Historia. The charred wood and black tea remain, and the sweetness is only appearing every so often. The burn remains excellent. A heavy black coffee flavor lingers on the finish that is somewhat bitter.

E.P. Carrillo La Historia

FINAL THIRD

The final third shows another dimension of the La Historia. The charred wood and tea have backed off and a bread-like flavor has joined in. The sweetness is more constant than earlier and rounding out the profile.

E.P. Carrillo La Historia

WRAP-UP

The La Historia Dona Elena by E.P. Carrillo was a constantly evolving cigar that began in the mild to medium range and steadily picked up through each third. The light flavors in the first third were somewhat disappointing, but, as I burned my way through it and the flavors increased, my enjoyment of the cigar increased too.  It was really the final third of the cigar that won me over with the bigger flavors and the sweetness that balanced everything out. The La Historia is an excellent performing cigar with its even burn and well-holding ash. For a cigar right under $11, it is not something I will be smoking everyday, but a cigar I wouldn’t mind grabbing a couple more of next time I stumble across it.

Jeremy Hensley is a bean counter for a non-profit in El Paso, Texas. He is married to the most understanding wife (he still can’t figure out how she puts up with his cigar smoking hobby), and blessed with two beautiful children. When he is not acting like a kid, he enjoys everything outdoors, especially fishing with his dad in the Great Lakes. Also, he meets the criteria of being a Casa Fumando reviewer: being a hockey fan. Feel free to contact Jeremy anytime via email (jmhensley13[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter http://twitter.com/pdn_jdog

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