Bursting with Mega Flavors! Cigar Review of the E.P. Carrillo New Wave

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E.P. Carrillo New Wave, rated 91 by Cigar Insider, is the newest addition to the E.P. Carrillo line. The E.P. Carrillo New Wave cigar is mild to medium-bodied, bursting with nutty, creamy, sweet and slightly spicy flavors, it is reasonably priced, sophisticated with a refined and long finish. Created by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo (originally known for the La Gloria Cubana cigars), one of the industry's finest cigar artisans, the E.P. Carrillo New Wave cigars are wrapped in a hand-selected, silky Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper, filled with Nicaraguan and Dominican Cuban-seed longfillers, and the finest Dominican binders to create a savory and memorable smoking experience.

The E.P. Carrillo New Wave cigars permeate of honey, hay and wheat. They are a sight to behold with their sheen and silky smoothness to the touch.  Upon lighting the E.P. Carrillo New Wave you are met with intoxicating flavors of cedar, earth, and nutmeg and it holds the consistent medium body throughout the smoking experience. Prepare to be impressed and blown away as the flavors play off each other as you smoke your way through the E.P. Carrillo New Wave cigar experiencing notes of cream, wood, and nuts on the palate, then switching gears to cloves and cinnamon in the second half.

If you tend to favor cigars packed with flavor over body the E.P. Carrillo New Wave cigars are definitely perfect for you! Treat your palate with an array of incredible flavors and spring on a whole box of the E.P. Carrillo New Wave cigars! They are available in 5 different vitolas from the Brillantes (Robusto), Divinos (Toro), El Decano (Double Toro), Gran Via (Churchill) and Stellas (Corona) and come in a white wooden box and white bands (not to be confused with their original line with the black bands). The E P Carrillo New Waves are quite the treat!

Rated 91 by Cigar Insider!

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

Flavor: Full

Body: Mild to Medium

Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler:  Nicaragua, Dominican Republic

E.P. Carrillo New Wave cigars are available online here at MyDiscountCigar.com.

To read more about the E.P. Carrillo please visit EPCarrillo.com.


The E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Brillantes Cigar Review by Jameson Santos de Miami of Toasted Foot Cigar Reviews

EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut 2 555x253 Cigar Review: EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut

Size: 5×50, Brillantes

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican

Strength: Medium

Price: $4.50-7

Grade: 9.2

The E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Edition is one of two new releases from the Carrillo family, the other being the Elencos Series, which is the same blend as the Edicion Limitada 2010 Elencos. These two blends are being released now to B&Ms.

The E.P. Carrillo New Wave cigar is available in five sizes and is priced very well. This will be a full addition to their portfolio and will be available year round.

  • Stellas: 5 1/8 x 42 ($4.50 retail)
  • Brillantes: 5 x 50 ($5.25 retail)
  • Divinos: 6 x 52 ($6.25 retail)
  • Gran Via: 7 x 49 ($7.00 retail)
  • El Decano: 6 x 60 ($7.75 retail)

The EP Carrillo New Wave Brillantes brand has done nothing but blow us away here at Toasted Foot, with ratings of 9.2, 9.2, and 9.3. Their Inaugural Edicion 2009 is still one of the more complex and well balanced cigars I’ve ever had and easily ranks in my Top 10 all time. We’ve also reviewed the Core Line and the Short Run.

We are big fans and the anticipation for the New Wave is even higher for me, as I count Connecticut wrappers as my go to smokes. Now, on to the toast!

Pre-light, 1.7:
The first thing I notice on my two samples of the E.P. Carrillo New Wave Brillantes cigars is a very thin wrapper, that causes cracks across one sample and a very loose foot on the other. Moving beyond this however, there is little else that is negative. A subtle triple cap, an elegant band, and smooth almond colored wrapper highlight the EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Brillantes. The aroma on the E.P. Carrillo New Wave Brillantes cigar is incredibly strong – it is in fact one of the strongest cigars I’ve smelled. The pre-light aroma can be deducted from several feet away and has interesting, erratic, and at times musty notes of crisp hay, mild spice, nuts, and a cream that reminds me of a root beer float. This is one of the more lively profiles I’ve smelled in some time and at times is even pungent. Though that may sound negative, it in fact shows the depth of this cigar’s aroma. On the draw, the notes are much more subdued than the aroma and the primarily flavor is of nuts, or cashews specifically. The cut also reveals an open pull.

Burn, 1.7:
Though the one sample had cracking along the bottom half, it still managed to burn well and keep a steady draw. I will say that my two samples were shipped several times, as the first time they were sent to my old mailing address. It does still seem that the wrapper is a bit thin on the New Wave and will require some special care when stored. Overall, this is a clean burning cigar.

Flavor, 2.9:
The initial burst on the E.P. Carrillo New Wave Brillantes cigar is full of sugary cream and a smooth, underlying nuttiness. Moving into the first third, the balance on the cigar is wonderful, with thick creamy notes of butter and cedar. The second third provides a bit of transition, with a slightly fuller and more developed taste that shows all of the flavors merged into a steady profile of roasted nuts and butter. The last stretch of the New Wave is incredibly smooth and holds the most interest for me. Though the flavors are not quite as complex as I anticipated from the aroma, this is still an incredibly well balanced and medium to full flavored cigar, which is rather stunning for an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapped cigar. The E. P. Carrillo New Wave Brillantes cigar is smooth throughout and at times the finish is incredibly light, almost disappearing between draws. The Nicaraguan binder and the mixed Nicaraguan and Dominican binder do very well to complement the typically less flavored Connecticut shade wrapper. This is without question a winner in the flavor category.

Overall, 2.9:
This is not your usual Connecticut cigar and stands above most of what is on the market in this category. Though the burn was troublesome in spots, I attribute this to the shipping errors and not to the quality or construction. The flavor is full while the strength remains in the high Mild to low Medium spectrum. Add to that an excellent value, with the Robusto coming in at under $5, and you find an excellent cigar. I keep waiting for the Carrillo family to miss the mark somewhere, but it just hasn’t happened! If your B&M has these E.P. Carrillo New Wave Brillantes cigars, pick up a 5 pack and enjoy it with a nice cup of coffee. If you're unhappy with them, shoot me an email – I’ll gladly buy them off you!

(Total: 9.2)


Jameson, an excellent review!!! Thanks!

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