Cigar Ratings & Reviews

#nowsmoking: EP Carrillo Famous 80th Anniversary Toro

Reading Time: 4 minutes

#nowsmoking: EP Carrillo Famous Smoke Shop 80th Anniversary Toro

EPC Famous 80th Anniversary Cigar Review – Toro

Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza
Size: 6 1/8″ x 50
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Hybrid Connecticut Habano
Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan

#nowsmoking EP Carrillo Famous 80th Anniversary cigar review at Famous Smoke Shop

Where It’s At

First, give me the back story. . .

The genesis of the EPC Famous 80th Anniversary Toro cigar starts with the long, personal relationship between Famous Smoke Shop founder Arthur Zaretsky and Ernesto Perez-Carrillo dating back to Ernesto’s La Gloria Cubana cigars days. But the relationship goes beyond that.

#nowsmoking EP Carrillo Famous 80th Anniversary cigar review by Michael Klingerman and Gary Korb

Ernesto is also family, which made him an obvious choice to partner with Famous on one of their 80th Anniversary offerings. So, in stepped Michael Klingerman, Famous Smoke Shop’s Private Label manager…and working shoulder-to-shoulder with Ernesto, the process for the future EPC Famous 80th Anniversary Toro began.

To make this box-pressed, limited edition cigar even more special, Ernesto chose a unique hybrid wrapper he’d been saving for a special family project – a dark, oily, Connecticut Sun Grown Habano. To ensure the cigar would become part of the E.P. Carrillo Family Series, he used the same band found on the top-rated La Historia selection and added a gold secondary Famous 80th Anniversary band. Yet despite the similarity of neck bands, the Famous 80th Anniversary Toro offers a highly refined character and flavor profile all its own.


#nowsmoking EP Carrillo Famous 80th Anniversary cigar review smoking Toro setup
#nowsmoking @famoussmokeshop: The EPC Famous 80th Anniversary Toro offers a very refined, medium to medium-full smoke teeming with well-balanced notes of leather, cocoa, cedar, sweet tobacco, and more. . .

Let’s talk construction. How well is it made?

With utter perfection. Starting with the hybrid wrapper – a cross between Connecticut Broadleaf and Ecuadorian Habano – the color is even throughout and shimmers with an attractive reddish patina. The box-pressed body is solidly-built over entubado-rolled long-fillers and offers a comfortable feel in the hand and mouth. Clipping the triple-seam cap reveals a cold draw with just the right amount of pull, accompanied by notes of leather and cocoa.

So, how does it smoke?

Uber-creamy. Dense smoke flows effortlessly through the cigar with dead-on balance offering initial flavors of leather, cocoa, and cedar with a mere wisp of pepper, and rounds-out almost immediately. The cigar also emits a redolent aroma, while revealing a very firm and mostly dark gray ash.

#nowsmoking EP Carrillo Famous 80th Anniversary cigar review by Gary Korb

What are the primary flavor notes?

Well-defined flavors of leather, cocoa, sweet tobacco, cedar, light spice, and a splash of mocha were present throughout the entire cigar and provided a long, creamy finish. Retrohales revealed some light pepper, but the most impressive thing about the EPC Famous 80th Toro was how the body and strength remained rock-steady down to the nub. Rarely do you find a cigar with that kind of consistency.

So, is it complex?

The number of flavors above should answer that, but there are no strident change-ups, either. This cigar is all about subtlety.

What drinks can I pair with it?

Coffee, bourbon, single malt Scotch, and dark Añejo rum. Emphasis on coffee, since this Toro will serve you well morning, noon, and night.

(See our guide for more cigar pairing ideas.)

#nowsmoking EP Carrillo Famous 80th Anniversary cigar review by Michael Klingerman

Tell me who this cigar is for. 

Although its medium body may seem a natural for novice cigar smokers, I’d suggest they wait, since those with more experience are more likely to have a greater appreciation for this Toro’s unequivocal refinement and broad range of flavors.  

Bottom line: Is it humidor worthy?

Absolutely. Mostly because this is a unique blend not found in any of Señor Carrillo’s other blends. This not only makes it a must-have for EPC disciples, but cigar smokers who want a more laid-back Nicaraguan cigar. Moreover, the flavor of the hybrid wrapper alone is worth the $10 price tag per cigar (at press time).


#cigaradvisor #cigar #cigars #cigarlife #cigarlifestyle #cigarsociety #cigarporn #cigarreviews #cigarphotography #botl #sotl #nowsmoking #menwhosmoke #thecigarculture #relax #luxury #ultimateluxury #luxurylifestyle #luxury #gooddeal #famous80 #epccigar

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

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.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review partagas de bronce - cover

#NowSmoking: Partagas de Bronce Cigar Review

Reading Time: 4 minutes Gary tests the mettle of the Partagas De Bronce Gran Corona, a one-size, limited edition cigar blended and handcrafted at Miami Florida’s renowned El Titán de Bronze factory. Offering “well-balanced flavors and complexity,” get ALL the details here, and more.

Read More
cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review video of 90 miles RA nicaragua limited edition - cover

#NowSmoking: 90 Miles R.A. Nicaragua Limited Edition

Reading Time: 4 minutes Admittedly not a regular smoker of Lanceros, Gary reviews the 90 Miles R.A. Nicaragua Limited Edition Lancero. Attributed to the late Roberto Alonso—a close friend of the Gonzalez’s—watch now to see if this cigar checks all the right boxes.

Read More
cigar advisor food for thought: using food to choose the best cigar for you - cover

Food for Thought: A Better Way to Choose the Right Cigar for You

Reading Time: 6 minutes Have you been choosing your cigars the wrong way all along? Senior Famous Smoke Shop Purchaser, Humberto Gonzalez thinks so. See his method of using food to determine what you should be smoking…and why we think it’s a better way to start smoking.

Read More
cigar advisor news -ozgener family cigars release -cover

Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces Launch of Ozgener Family Cigars

Reading Time: 2 minutes Former CAO International president, Tim Ozgener, has returned to the cigar industry and announced the debut of Ozgener Family Cigars. In partnership with Crowned Heads Cigars, the new label’s first release will be Bosphorus, a boxed-pressed, 4-cigar line. Read on to learn more.

Read More