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Cigar News: E.P. Carrillo Introduces Encore Black

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An Enhanced Homage to 2018’s Cigar of the Year

MIAMI, FL. — E.P. Carrillo Cigars has announced the launch of Encore Black. This new addition builds upon the legacy of the Encore selection that was awarded Cigar Aficionado’s #1 Cigar of the Year in 2018. Moreover, the Encore Black symbolizes the Perez-Carrillo family’s commitment to excellence in cigar craftsmanship.

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The Encore Black is blended with an enhanced recipe of tobaccos from five unique growing regions. Starting with a lustrous Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, the binder is a Mexican San Andrés tobacco that surrounds a core of carefully selected fillers from Condega, Estelí, and Jalapa. The result is a complex and layered smoke, crafted to deliver a rich, full-bodied experience with a medium-full strength profile.

Additionally, in keeping with the tradition of E.P. Carrillo’s commitment to quality, every leaf in the Encore Black cigar has undergone an extensive 18 month hand fermentation. From there they get a minimum of three years of aging, followed by six months in the aging room after rolling. This process ensures a fusion of deep flavors with a captivating aroma, hallmarks of the Encore Black.

“Following our Encore, which was honored as Cigar Aficionado‘s Cigar of the Year in 2018 with the Majestic size, my family wanted to create something special with Encore Black,” said E.P.C. Cigars founder, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. “This blend really puts the spotlight on the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. We’ve given it a lot of time to bring out the rich flavors and complexity that is unique to Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers.”

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E.P. Carrillo Encore Black Info
Size: 5 3/8” x 52 (Soft box-press)
Strength: Medium-Full
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Mexican San Andrés
Fillers: Nicaraguan Condega, Estelí, Jalapa
Initial Feb. 2024 Release: 20,000 cigars (2,000 boxes)
2024 Total Release: 50,000 cigars (5,000 boxes)
Presentation: Box of 10 cigars
MSRP: $17/cigar, $170/box

E.P. Carrillo Cigars invites cigar enthusiasts to experience the Encore Black. This distinctive release continues both the legacy of the Encore series and represents the Perez-Carrillo family’s century-long dedication to the art of cigar making.

Added Ernesto, “It’s a sincere effort from our family to yours, hoping to share what we love doing most.”  CA

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Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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