Cigar review: Small batch cigars are often limited due to distribution or tight productions. There are brands that cater only to local population areas or patrons of B and M operations.
This past November when I was visiting the Boston/Cambridge area I stopped off at Leavitt and Peirce cigar store. As I make this a regular trip when I am in the area, I always purchase a cigar or two at L and P but this time I coped three of their own products. The brand David P. Ehrlich has a very storied history but I never have smoked any of their cigars. This is a special arrangement they have EP Carillo company who we know is one of the greatest names in the cigar world. The brand can be purchased at Leavitt and Pierce or mail ordered too from their website and several catalogue companies.
David P. Ehrlich is the name of a Boston tobacconist that has roots all the way back in 1868. It is, in fact, the second oldest tobacconist in America. Over 20 years ago, Mike Bellody bought his first cigar at the Ehrlich store, starting a process that culminated in his founding MLB Cigar Ventures, which has previously produced Imperia and Islero, both of which are made in the Quesada factory in the Dominican Republic.
The 2016 IPCPR show also saw the introduction of the David P. Ehrlich Tremont, a new blend that pays tribute to the first place he bought a cigar. It further ties in with MLB Cigar Ventures in that Barry Macdonald (part of the family that has owned Ehrlich for almost forty years) has joined the cigar company as National Sales Manager.
Production for the Ehrlich Tremont cigar is handled at the EP Carrillo factory in the Dominican Republic. It uses Nicaraguan fillers from Esteli and Condega, as well as Dominican fillers from La Canela, an Esteli binder, and an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper leaf.
As always, how and where I obtain the cigar does not impact my subjective take. If you are interested in trying it out yourself please place an order.
Brand/Name of Cigar: David P. Ehrlich Tremont
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 5.5 x 44
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Estelli Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua/ Dominican
Price: $7.60 single
Where and When Smoked: Los Angeles, Ca. 11/19/17
Appearance/Construction: Medium Brown in color with a clean , smooth looking wrapper. Well made with no visable flaws . It’s a regal looking smoke with the handsome band making it eye-catching.
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: The initial taste gave me a very coco, deep chocolate flavor. A dual note of nuts and spice was also present. This was very good mix of flavors that seemed to be on the road to a pleasurable experience. The second third was also right on with the flavor remaining constant. I was hoping the blend would never end.
Smoking Characteristics: Easy burn, no harshness with a light grey ash dominating the cigar. No problems in the burn as the cigar stayed lit and smooth.
Conclusion/Overall Impression: I was totally surprised by the totality of this cigar. It did everything right as the smoke was enjoyable throughout. There is nothing I would have changed or hoped for.
Final Thoughts and the Numbers: This smoke is one of the best I have had this year. You never know where a cigar with character will come from. It shows a cigar will be top-notch if the blender, manufacturer and all the folks involved know what they are doing. I hope you try the David P. Ehrlich Tremont and feel the same as I do. I now need to try all their product.
Appearance/Construction: 4 out of 5
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4.5 out of 5
Smoking characteristics: 4 out of 5
Conclusion/Overall Impression: 4.3 out of 5