The Cardinal line by E.P. Carrillo has been nothing other than fantastic in my humble opinion. This line is a continuing saga of excellent cigars that show off attention to detail, flavor, construction, and everything you’d expect from someone like E.P. Carrillo. I can’t say enough to compliment all the work that goes into these lines, so let’s get to it.
The cigar is a beautiful dark colored Maduro that has a few veins, and barely visible wrapper seams. The look has seemed a little toothy from cigar to cigar, yes I’ve smoked a few at least. There is a slight sheen to it, not too oily, but not completely dry either. The pre-light sniff offers a blast of cocoa and coffee. The foot gives much of the same with a dash of pepper. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw expels cocoa, coffee, and earthy notes.
The first third begins with a lovely amount of coffee and a slight hint of cocoa. The pepper is also evident and especially more on the retrohale. In the background there also is a touch of grass, which is apparent only from time to time. Deeper into the first third I noticed the grassy note a little more. All flavors combined are a treat to the palate, balancing well in the full smoke provided from each puff. The draw was of the best I’ve experienced. The burn was just about razor sharp, producing a strong white ash, that for this cigar, held till just about the band. If that doesn’t compliment the construction, I’m not sure what does. The smoke, as mentioned, is full, flavorful, and in ample quantity.
The second third saw the grassy note more to the forefront. Along with it the cocoa flavor was also more evident and now took on a more dark chocolate profile. The pepper had subsided from the palate a bit but stayed evident in the retrohale. The coffee was still there although is smaller doses. As stated before the ash was strong as ever. The draw kept it’s excellent feeling, and the burn perfect.
The final third saw little to no change for me. The cigar just ended up keeping it’s flavorful profile from start to finish. Of course it was easy to nub, but hard to say goodbye to. The only good thing is that recently my buddy Jeremy and I split a box, so I have more left. They won’t last long I assure you.
Once again E.P. Carrillo offers a cigar that keeps to his fascinating profile of excellent cigars that always leave you wanting more. This cigar is an easy box purchase for me, and I’m certain I’ll be ordering more soon. If you haven’t tried them, I urge you to do so, your palate will thank you. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan