Team Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic

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Cigar Details: E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.38″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza
  • Blender: Ernesto Perez Carrillo
  • Price: $11.50
  • Release Date: March 2018
  • Source: E.P. Carrillo

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper that covers the rounded rectangle press is a marbled medium brown. There are some veins present but they are all well pressed and the seams are smooth and barely visible. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap. There are three bands, with the first two being primarily copper and burgundy. The primary has the brand and line name while the secondary has the blenders last name. The foot band is an ivory cloth band. The aroma from the wrapper is leather and hay while the foot brings more hay along with some stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings some sweet cedar along with a mild spiciness to my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The cigar has a gorgeous dark Colorado wrapper and is pressed beautifully. There is a great triple cap applied and the wrapper sports few veins that are medium in size. It is an oily wrapper in texture and the wrapper is sporting aromas of leather, tobacco, barnyard and rich earth. With that, the foot is showing an aroma of rich earth, soft chocolate, leather and warm spices.

First Third

The cigar begins with cedar, sweet cream and some baking spice. At a quarter inch in, the the cedar and sweet cream are up front and then the baking spice kicks in and has a very long finish. At an inch in, the baking spice tones down in the background. The retrohale has the baking spice up front with the cedar and cream slightly behind. At an inch and a quarter, the cream has lost the sweetness and faded back slightly. As the third comes to a close, the cream picks back up to become even with the cedar while the baking spice remains in the background. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third starts out very rich and it is meaty and full of black pepper notes. I am picking up some dark chocolate notes and there are some espresso and rocky earth qualities on top of that. I would consider the cigar medium-full to full in body and strength and it is a flavorful first third.

Second Third

As the second third begins, some sweetness returns to the cream and it is even with the cedar and baking spice. At three quarters of an inch in, the cream and cedar are up front with the baking spice slightly behind. The retrohale is very much the same profile. At an inch and a quarter, the baking spice is very light in the background. As the third comes to a close, the cedar has transitioned to a slightly charred wood that is even with the cream while the baking spice is still faint in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.

Second Third

As I enter into the second third, I find the strength and body die down some, and it is at a medium-full level. The flavors diminish slightly as well and there has been some transitioning overall. I am still getting some warm spice and pepper notes, and it is paired with that rocky earth and this new crunchy chocolate cookie quality. It is not as rich as the first third.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the charred wood and cream continue on along with the faint baking spice. At a half inch in, some mustiness joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the retrohale has a pine note to go along with some cream and mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, the charred wood is replace by a light pine note as the cream and mustiness remain. The faint baking spice has left the profile. As the cigar comes to a close, the pine note has become a bit fuller and is still paired with the cream and mustiness. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Final Third

I am in the final third now and picking up some dry earth, peppery spice and some rocky/mineral qualities. The flavor profile has diminished from the first and second third and like the second third, it is dryer and not as rich as the first. I would also say that the strength and body have come down some and it is more at a medium to medium-full level.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy but never needed any attention. The ash held on through each third.

Burn

The cigar opened up with a slightly uneven burn line but it quickly corrected itself. From there it improved greatly and produced a nice burn line throughout. It was not razor sharp, but far from being wavy and producing problems. The ash produced held on well and it was a dark charcoal, sometimes dark brown/black colored ash.

Draw

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

Overall

The flavor profile of the E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic consisted of cedar, sweet cream and baking spice later transitioning to charred wood and then a pine note. The cream lost its sweetness as it went along and some mustiness joined in during the second half. Construction was great and allowed me to focus just on flavor. The strength never built up past medium. This was a very nice cigar from EPC and one I could see doing very well for them. It’s a cigar approachable to any level smoker and could be enjoyable at any time of day. I could see myself smoking more of these and would have no problem steering others towards it.

Aaron
Seth
GoodPre
Light
Very Good
GoodFirst
Third
Good
GoodSecond ThirdGood
GoodFinal
Third
Average
Very GoodBurnVery Good
AmazingDrawAverage
GoodOverallGood

Draw

The draw started out well on the cigar, had a nice little bit of resistance, but as it got further in and especially to the final third it became a little loose. The press gave as well as the cigar got further in and that did not help.

Overall

I have smoked the Encore pre-release, at the show and once it hit the shelves of stores. I can say that in that time it has gotten better as a cigar. I personally believe it was too young when it was initially released, but some may disagree. With that, the cigar had a great first third and solid second third. I think it lost some qualities in the final third, but overall a really enjoyable cigar. If the cigar smoked like it did in the first third throughout, this cigar would be phenomenal. All that said, a good Nicaraguan puro from Ernie.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

7.07

Cost/Point

$1.63

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.27

Cost/Point

$1.84

Scoring System

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  • Shlomo - January 3, 2019 reply

    I noticed that this cigar was named Cigar Of The Year by Cigar Aficionado this year. Is it worth buying?

    Aaron Loomis - January 3, 2019 reply

    I think it is worth buying. You can really only use others opinions as a guide and you need to determine for yourself how it fits your profile, but it is one of Ernesto’s better recent offerings I think.

    Shlomo - January 3, 2019 reply

    Thanks Aaron. I think I will try to track a few down to see for myself but I will wait to see what the Developing Palates Cigars of The Year will be.

    Do you think the Encore is a better cigar than the Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Decadas Diadema? That’s the one I would like to try because I have been hearing great things about it, but not sure whether to buy a single or a box since they are limited from what I hear.

    Aaron Loomis - January 3, 2019 reply

    In my opinion, the cigars are pretty close, but there is a large price difference between the two of them.

    Shlomo - January 3, 2019

    So you mean to say that the Encore is the better value cigar in your opinion, however if price is no object, you prefer smoking the Joya?

    I was looking through the sortable list of past reviews and found the Matilde Serena Corona was very well received by the panel and scored very well. In your opinion, does the Matilde Serena blow the Encore and Joya out of the water?

    Aaron Loomis - January 4, 2019

    Encore is definitely the better value since it’s a third of the price and I got about the same overall enjoyment from it. While the Joya had some better flavors up front, I’m not sure it’s enough to warrant the price.

    In terms of the Serena, it’s a very different profile than the other two. I really enjoyed it and would say it’s very close to the other two.

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