The E.P. Carillo New Wave is expertly rolled in an Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut seed wrapper. The wrapper leaf is a dark caramel color with minimal veins. The veins of the binder leaf show through to the surface, creating a slightly uneven look to the wrapper. The length of the six-inch toro is plump and nicely filled with no noticeable soft spots. The triple thick cap is beautifully mounted and cuts cleanly with my punch cutter leaving no errant pieces of filler tobacco.
Flavor & Cold Draw:
The aromatic wrapper leaf gives off gentle odors of sweat oats and barnyard vegetation while the foot lends a subtle nutty hint to it. The cold draw is easy and open and gives off nice flavors of bread, barley, and a slight peppery spice. The flavor profile is pretty consistent throughout the 65 minute smoke: light woodsy notes with sweet oats, a hint of pepper and a bit of spearmint on the finish. The pepper fades quite a bit in the second third and is replaced by a deep nutty finish.
Burn & Smoking Characteristics:E.P. Carillo New Wave draws nicely and produces ample plumes of smoke. The burn remains fairly even throughout the smoke and produces a pretty, light grey ash. The strong, firm ash grows to almost 2 inches before the first drop. The ash drops a total of three times during the entire smoke. The band adhesive sticks to the wrapper leaf so it tears the wrapper when I remove it in the final third. This causes some draw issues in the final third.
Conclusion of the E.P. Carillo New Wave
The E.P. Carillo New Wave is a delightfully complex cigar. It is a mild stick with tons of flavor. The only issue I had with it was the adhesive from the band tearing the wrapper. Other than that, it was exactly what a mid-morning, after breakfast cigar should be.
Line: New Wave
Size: Divinos (6.0” x 52)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Grown Connecticut
Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican
Strength:Mild to Medium
Have you smoked the E.P. Carillo New Wave? What did you think?