October 2018 Cigar Reveal

La Aroma de Cuba - Mi Amor

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Brand La Aroma de Cuba
Cigar Mi Amor
Wrapper Mexican
Binder Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Description Ashton cigars have been around for a long time, but in 2003 they launched a new cigar that would propel them into the new century. La Aroma de Cuba is made by Pepin Garcia at the My Father factory with a dark, oily Mexican wrapper. It is known for being more peppery than most Ashton cigars, and it’s rich flavor profile made it one of Ashton’s most popular cigar lines. The La Aroma Mi Amor received Cigar Aficionado’s #2 cigar of the year in 2011 with a 95 rating (Classic), and again made the top 25 list in 2016. 
Review: Stogie Review
The La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor is a decadent candy bar made out of tobacco, and I completely approve. With each smoke, my appreciation of the Mi Amor grew. It’s rich, with enough variety and complexity to keep you from getting bored, and it really shines if you take your time.
Review: Cigar Aficionado
Subtly pressed with a three-seam cap, this strong cigar starts with the smoky taste of roasted Sumatra coffee beans and black pepper. Cocoa notes also emerge.

E.P. Carillo - 5 Year Anniversary

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Brand E.P. Carillo
Cigar 5 Year Anniversary
Wrapper Ecuador
Binder Ecuador
Filler Nicaragua
Description Ernesto Perez Carillo is known as the ‘Godfather of boutique cigars’, and for good reason. In the nineties he created the La Gloria Cubana brand, and after selling that company he started E.P. Carillo cigars. Though he has 50 years of experience in the cigar industry, today his brand is more popular than ever after recently receiving Cigar Aficionado’s 2018 Cigar of the Year with the Encore Majestic. The E.P Carillo Five Year Anniversary commemorates the launch of his new business in 2009 with his two children, and the result is typical Ernesto: a strong, full-bodied cigar with tons of flavor. 
Review: Halfwheel
To say I was shocked by the raw strength of the E.P. Carrillo 5 Year Anniversary would be an absolute understatement… There seem to be some good flavors just waiting to be tasted and aromas waiting to be smelled, but with the overbearing strength I found in the cigar, it was hard to get to them.
Review: The Stogie Guys
There’s a fresh, almost minty element along with a more traditional combination of bread, baking spices, and hints of pepper. It’s a full-bodied cigar, although it settles into the medium-bodied spectrum in the final third.