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E.P. Carrillo New Wave (Brillantes) Review

E.P. Carrillo New Wave
Brillantes (5 x 50)
Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper
Beverage: Diet Dr Pepper


The stick is firm and well-made with a triple cap. The guillotine cut was effortless and clean.
This connecticut has the requisite pre-light scent of hay and some earth.
Pre-light draw is perfect; plenty of draw but just enough firm resistance so that you feel like you are drawing a cigar and not a giant straw.


Toasted and lighted with a single flame torch; the first taste is cedar and sweet hay and the finish is short. After the first half-inch smoke production is average, resting smoke is wispy but satisfactory.


First third was pretty mild as expected for most Ecuadorian Connecticut wrappers but had good flavors of cedar and earth with a slightly sweet overtone.
Smoke output has increased.


The mid-point yielded more robust flavor notes and added a bit of spice.
I don't usually retrohale as the pepper tends to overwhelm me and doing so here really showed off a white pepper that gives me the same sensation you get with wasabi. This is a plus for those who want more complexity out of this cigar and like to do so.


The last third of the stick brought the strength of the cigar to the medium spectrum and the tobacco flavor become a lot stronger and the finish was longer.


This was a solid connecticut that had plenty of flavor. It was no cedar bomb but had plenty of interchange of cedar and earth, and it lacked the minty undertones that is prevalent with many other medium-bodied connies. While this makes for a less complex stick, it makes for a great change-up if you smoke connecticuts and gives something more straight-forward for any time of day you want to smoke it...even post-breakfast.



  • danielzreyesdanielzreyes Posts: 8,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sweet review. Sweet pics to go with it.
    "It's plume, bro. Nothing to worry about. Got any Opus?" The suppose to be DZR
  • ENFIDLENFIDL Posts: 5,836
    Nice review and pics. Def getting more excited about these. My B&M said he's hoping to get them soon
  • bigharpoonbigharpoon Posts: 2,963 ✭✭✭
    Great review, I got similar flavors out of the one I had. I thought it was a nice, high quality cigar and I'm glad I smoked it but ultimately I think I won't buy more of them. For the price point there are more complex milds out there in my opinion.
  • big chunksbig chunks Posts: 1,607
    Good review, I think the new wave is my favorite Connecticut right now
  • ToombesToombes Posts: 4,506 ✭✭✭
    Excellent review and great pics. I've only had the E.P. In a Maduro, but you've convinced me to give the Connie a try. Nice job!
  • BigT06BigT06 Posts: 3,899
    E.P. Carrillo has never made a bad cigar imho.
  • ToombesToombes Posts: 4,506 ✭✭✭
    E.P. Carrillo has never made a bad cigar imho.

    +1. I was so disappointed when I had to put down the E.P. Maddie I was enjoying Saturday because some genius fell getting out of their car the night before and decided that their back was hurting... I shall have more!!
  • Roberto99Roberto99 Posts: 1,077
    Great review. The New Wave I had this summer was very similar except that I picked up the light spiciness all the way through. I recall almost like a tongue numbing, tingly feeling without a big blast of pepper. Thought it was a pretty cool cigar but ultimately didn't get a box. I'm looking forward to trying the Maduro, that sounds really good!

    My favorite Connie right now is the LGC Retro. The flavors and spice are different and a bit unusual but I really enjoyed them. Have more coming in a day or two. I don't think I will be able to get them all home to the humidor!
  • webmostwebmost Dull-AwarePosts: 6,051 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I stroked one of these last night while preparing tobacco leaves in the garage.It was a real pale stick that smelled like grass and tasted milky. It uncapped rather ragged, requiring some surgery. Drew creamy unlit. Lit bitter. Had to wait for it to mellow. Once it did, it settled into mild leather and delicious cedar. It would get harsh if I hit it too hard. Otherwise, creamy grass, light leather, and cedar. Not much smoke while resting, so I did not get a good garage aroma. Halfway along, it cranked up the cedar until at about a third left I started spitting. The ash was very loose. The burn was perfect. It left me with an ugly mouth but a delicious stinkfinger. I had to toss a generous nub and brush my teeth. Enjoyed the stinkfinger for another couple hours. Morning mouth was decent. Left me a wet wheeze.

    three stars

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