Personal Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Pledge Firecracker

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Cigar Details: E.P. Carrillo Pledge Firecracker

  • Vitola: Short Robusto
  • Length: 3.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Havana-Seed
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza
  • Blender: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo
  • Price: $7.00
  • Release Date: June 2023
  • Source: United Cigars

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the E.P. Carrillo Pledge Firecracker goes from dark brown at the foot to medium brown near the head and has some light raised veins present. The seams are slightly raised and the caps are well finished with a long twisted fuse that tucks under the primary band. The primary band for the cigar is the traditional band for the company and line. The secondary band is the red, white and blue United Cigars strip band. The aroma from the wrapper is black tea and dark earth while the foot brings sweet cedar and some earth. The pre-light draw brings a mix of wood and floral notes.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted cedar, earth and mild baking spice. At a quarter inch in, some chalkiness joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar and earth. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted cedar just ahead of the earth with some chalkiness and baking spice in the background. The strength was slightly below medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the baking spice transitions to black pepper. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, earth and mild black pepper. At three quarters of an inch in, the earth is now even with the toasted cedar up front. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, the black pepper is in the middle while the chalkiness is light in the background. The strength bumped up to medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the earth takes a slight lead in the profile as the black pepper gets a bit closer to the toasted cedar. The retrohale remains toasted cedar, earth and mild black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the earth is slightly ahead of the toasted cedar, with the black pepper not much further behind and some light chalkiness in the background. The strength remained at medium.

Burn

The burn was straight throughout, with the ash holding on to the halfway point and then again until the end.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with toasted cedar, earth and mild baking spice. Some chalkiness joined in fairly quickly. The second third saw the baking spice transition to black pepper. The final third saw the earth take a slight lead in the profile and the black pepper picked up a bit. Construction was absolutely perfect. The E.P. Carrillo Pledge Firecracker had an average flavor profile throughout, just focused around the toasted cedar, earth and baking spice/black pepper. I find this format polarizing, as some blends are a quick flavor bomb and others are just linear mediocrity. This blend falls into the latter category and I wouldn’t see myself coming back to it.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.22

Scoring System

Aaron
GoodPre
Light
AverageFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
AmazingBurn
AmazingDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Pledge Firecracker

Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Pledge Firecracker

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