Name: INCH Maduro by E.P. Carrillo #62
Size: 5 x 62
Wrapper: Connecticut Maduro
Origin: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
Today I get the pleasure of reviewing the INCH Maduro by E.P. Carrillo. I am reviewing the #62 which is the Gordo 5×62. I was given this stick by one of my Brothers, Mark Lea, who was also given this stick by a friend of his,, Kenneth Fights, who lives in South Carolina. This little beauty has made quite the journey to get here to Louisiana. So without further ado, let’s get into it!
Right away I want to say that this is a very good looking cigar, at least to me. It has a sort of rustic look to it, almost leathery, but very nice. No blemishes or discoloration on the wrapper. It has a chocolate color wrapper, clean triple cap, tight and visible seams, a couple of veins and a slight tooth. The body of the cigar was very firm to the touch. I mean this baby was PACKED with tobacco, no give what so ever. Overall, it seems to be a very well-constructed cigar that is also appealing to the eye.
Flavor/Taste & Aroma:
The aromas that I was picking up off the wrapper were a rich cocoa and a manure or a barnyard scent. Now let me say this: some people are probably thinking MANURE!! Why would I want to smoke that? Well let me tell you, some of the best smokes I have had smelled like manure! If your smoke smells like this no need to fret, what it means is that you have a properly aged smoke, so sit down and enjoy it as you will not be disappointed. During the 1/3 I quickly picked up on a cocoa and a pepper. As many of you may know, I am a fan of the retro-hale, but I would not suggest it with this smoke. I retro-haled this bad boy and it almost brought tears to my eyes. So just a word of caution, if you are going to retro be prepared. The flavors did not really have any change throughout the 1/3 the cocoa and pepper stayed steady.
Transitioning into the 2/3, there was not much change other than a slight bitterness, but that did not last long, maybe about four draws and it was gone.It was right back to cocoa. Right around the half way point, I did start to pick up on a slight woody flavor, and the draw really started to open up. Which was a nice change, as the smoke became intense. I was having huge plumes of smoke and some very intense flavors, especially the cocoa, that would coat the inside of your mouth leaving a very nice finish.
So into the last third, and as you guessed it, no change. I am still getting the same flavor as before. I am in no way knocking the fact that it was the same, it was actually very nice. But then I was hoping for a little more. About a ½ inch into the last third, I started to get a bitterness and a sort of tingle into the back of my throat that again did not last long before it went away, and we were back to business and usual.
Here is where we had a little bit of problems. At the start of this cigar, the draw was very tight. Almost to the point where it was a little difficult to draw smoke out of it, which did eventually fix itself. The burn lines were very uneven in the 1/3 and 2/3. I did have to do a couple of touch-ups, especially in the 1/3, as it was just wanting to run down one side and would not catch up. This problem cleared up right as I moved into the last third, and it was the same with the ash. Even though the ash held on all the way to the half way point, the ash was very flaky and wanted to crack open. On the plus side, the Inch burned very slowly, which was nice as I was enjoying the flavors I was picking up. And one more thing I have to point out; the amount of foot smoke this cigar puts out is amazing! It just kept on and kept on flowing.
And in the end, even though I am not really a fan of the bigger ring gauges, this cigar did not leave me unsatisfied, but it also did not excite me. There were some issues with the burn and the ash was ugly. On the contrary, the flavors were nice and consistent, which I was happy about. I don’t think that I would personally buy this stick 1) because as I said above I am not a fan of the big gauge, and 2) I enjoy a little more complexity with my cigar. Towards the end, I was getting bored and I wanted something to change, but it didn’t happen. Either way, this was an enjoyable stick. Thank you Mark Lea and Kenneth Fights for giving me the opportunity to do this review!
Hope you enjoyed it, and until next time, keep it smokey!