Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut – Brillantes

E.P. Carrillo

Well it is official, E.P. Carrillo has done it again. Ever since his departure from General he has been making amazing cigars that show what a quality cigar should be. Every cigar he has made shows great and complex flavors and has a wonderful balance as well. The New Wave Connecticut really is the new wave. This is one of the best Connecticut wrapper cigars I have had in long time. The cigar is packed with tons of flavors and has a great body to it as well. Covered in an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper the cigar is packed with Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobacco  underneath a Dominican binder. I picked up the robusto in the line, called the Brillantes, which measure 5″ with a 50 ring gauge. The cigar has wonderful aromas of hay, wheat,  and honey, and beautiful to look at. The wrapper has some minor veins in it but has a wonderful shine and silky feeling to touch. As you light up the cigar you are greeted with wonderful notes of nutmeg, earth and cedar, and has a nice medium body to it. Within the first third the cigar shows lots of graham crackers, nuts, wood and cream notes that are beautiful on the palate, and the cigar remains medium in body. Within the second third the creaminess dissipates and is replaced by minor notes of cinnamon and cloves. I have reached the final third and this cigar is kicking butt. The flavors are playing off one another and with the wonderful body of the cigar really making an impression on me.


This cigar was incredible and really showed the skills in making a wonderful smoke. Most people think Connecticut shade wrappers are mild but Carrillo really showed the skills in proved otherwise. I give this cigar a 92 and would definitely recommend this cigar to any person out there. This is a great morning smoke for me and for some a great anytime of day smoke. If you are new to smoking or prefer cigars packed with flavors rather than body this is your smoke. I love it and will definitely pick more of these up.  Pick them up now!

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