E.P. Perez Carrillo is a revered figure in the cigar world and with good reason. His history is well-known with the vision of the boutique brand La Gloria Cubana setting the pace in quality. I remember driving all over Boston trying to find his brand but not making muc headway in my quest.
Since 2009, he has provided an even bigger mark with the E.P. Carrillo cigar company as Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is widely considered to be the creator of the BIG RING gauge craze, and the Dimension Series is a nod to that creativity.
My cigar tastes tends to be focused on smaller ring gauges but am looking forward in reviewing the Ringmaster , to push my envelope to bigger and hopefully more enticing cigars.
I received this cigar gratis from E.P. Carrillo for review but as always this does not impact my subjective viewpoint. I suggest smoking the cigar for your own enjoyment and make a judgment.
Brand/Name of Cigar: E.P. Carrillo/Ringmaster
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Puro)
Size: Length x Ring Gauge: 53 x 64
Price: N.A. not released as of this review
Where and When Smoked: Los Angeles, Ca. 8/26/2018
Appearance/Construction: Everything about the look of this cigar is massive. It appears larger than life with an attractive bronze, dark hue. The cigar bands make the smoke appear like it is glowing. Oily to the touch with no visible flaws in the construction. Am I brave enough to smoke this behemoth? Yup, for the sake of the cigar kingdom, I am going to do it.
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: First third: Pepper leads the way with an additional creamy, nutty presence. A big cigar with no heaviness or harsh flavor.
Second third: Continuing on the same path with get a hint of vanilla and the pepper makes its presence felt again. A balance of all things good as it gets more complex with each puff.
Final third: I continue my quest and smoke away. The cigar shows more of a woodsy flavor and adds another layer to the mix. I don’t usually keep tabs on how long a cigar smokes, but for the RingMaster I clocked in at about 1.5 hours.
Smoking Characteristics: Due to the size of the cigar, we get massive amounts of smoke with a medium, grey ash. Stays cool and lit through the entire cigar.
Conclusion/Overall Impression: Smoking a large ring gauge takes dedication and patience. It was a powerful and flavorful experience. As I commented earlier, large ring gauges are not what I tend to smoke, however, with this cigar I was up for the task.
Final Thoughts and the Numbers: First off you need to make the time to smoke the RingMaster. This is important as you do not want to short change the dynamic nature of the cigar. It provided a total cigar smoking experience. For my cigar friends who like the smoke a big boy, this is exactly right for you.
For me, I need a smaller cigar but in this case, would smoke this beauty when I was ready for several hours of enjoyment.
Appearance/Construction: 4.2 out of 5
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4 out 5
Smoking Characteristics: 4 out of 5
Conclusion/Overall Impression: 4.1 out of 5
It’s a cigar for your humidor.