Name: E.P. Carrillo Dark Rituals
Country of origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Connecticut Broad leaf
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
Welcome! Today I get the opportunity to review the E.P. Carrillo Dark Rituals. I picked up this cigar from Cigar International in their Cigar of the Month Club box which conveniently arrives at my doorstep once a month. Just a little history behind the E.P. Carrillo line, as many of you may or may not know, Ernesto was also the mastermind behind the La Gloria Cubana line before he started his self-titles line. So there is no doubt that he is a master at his craft. The Dark Rituals cigar made its debut in 2011 as part of the E.P. Carrillo Edicion Limitada series, but as fast as it came to life, it was gone, leaving many asking for more. Well, ask and you shall receive! The Dark Rituals has come back full force and is not missing a single beat. Let’s get into it!
The Dark Ritual comes to us today in a 6 x 52 Toro. It is cloaked in a very nice dark chocolate wrapper, has a clean triple cap, visible lines, not many veins, and a gorgeous double band. The aromas that I am getting from the body and the foot, are a barnyard, earth, leather, and a little bit of spice, especially off the foot. The Dark Ritual has a slightly firm body, and an even pack. Overall the cigar looks to be very well constructed. It is obvious that someone really took their time to ensure quality with this stick.
Flavor/Taste & Aroma:
Alright, this smoke was an enjoyable one. If you remember any of my past reviews, you know that I prefer a smoke that will keep you on your toes, and this one does just that. In the 1/3rd, and on the first draw, I was greeted with a pepper blast, accompanied by a very nice leather. The smoke seemed very dry, like it was sucking the moisture right out of my mouth, but that soon passed. After about 3 draws, the smoke changed dramatically. The draw began to open up and the smoke turned thick and creamy with a blast of leather and coffee. There was a big spice profile on the retro. Throughout the cigar, the flavor profiles never really changed. That may leave you with the question, “How did it keep you guessing”? During the entire smoke it seemed as though there was an internal battle going on with the flavors in the cigar. Sometime I would get pepper, next I would get coffee, followed by the leather, or all of them at the same time! With every draw was a new combination of these flavors, a rich coffee, bold leathers, and powerful spices, all of which I enjoyed.
The construction on the cigar was excellent. The cigar had a very nice draw the entire time, but did burn just a little bit wavy. In the 2/3, I did have to do a little bit of touch up work to even it out, but it continued to stay fairly wavy. At no point was it burning razor sharp. The ash was a very nice bright white with a little bit of pepper in it. The ash held on very strong,falling off at the half way point. At the start, the cigar was burning very quickly but slowed down in the 2nd and 3rd, leaving me finishing up right about 1.5 hour mark. I found that about 45 seconds was the right amount of time to wait between draws. This is when I believe the flavors were at their best in both flavor and intensity. I saw no blemishes or faults with the wrapper, and the band having self-adhesive made removal a snap.
Overall, I found this cigar to be excellent! The flavors, thick smoke, burn time, and the ash were all great! I wish it had burned a little straighter, but that never really interfered with my smoking experience. The Dark Ritual was packed full of flavors and most of all had NO POWER, which to me, is the greatest combination you could have. This tells me this cigar was aged very well, and had an exceptional fermentation. I am very happy with the Dark Ritual and would gladly fill my humidors with them.
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