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Spotlight Brand: E.P. Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro

May 7, 2017 |

E.P. Carrillo’s first Oscuro.

E.P. Carrillo has established himself as a true artist with the tobacco leaf with a long list of top rated brands under his belt including La Gloria Cubana, Dark Rituals, and Cigar Aficionado’s #2 cigar of 2014—La Historia. Continuing the trend of rich, flavorful cigars is his latest release, E.P. Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro.

E.P. Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro is the first cigar in the brand’s portfolio to use a San Andrés Oscuro wrapper. The blend is completed with an Ecuadoran binder and Nicaraguan long-leaves for a medium to full-bodied cigar with a complex flavor profile. Seleccion Oscuro is perfectly constructed with an even burn and exudes notes of pepper, spice, cedar with some sweetness on the finish. This is a very enjoyable experience, and is a prime example of a master at the top of his game.

#4 Cigar of 2016 – '94' Rated by Cigar Aficionado

Q & A: Cigar Performance Solutions

I’ve recently run into a problem where my cigars will consistently crack about a third of the way through. Why is this happening and how can I stop it?

4/30/17 | by JB in Portland, OR


What you have here may be a case of too much moisture inside your humidor. This can happen to anyone, especially during the summer months. Simply putting your cigars inside a dry cigar box for a day or two should remedy the problem. As for your humidor, you can absorb some of the moisture inside by adding a couple of pieces of cedar. Just make sure you remove them when you reach the 68%-70% mark. Also, if you’re using an analog hygrometer, be sure to recalibrate it every six months using the salt test. Simply put salt in a bottle cap, dampen the salt with water, place it in a ziplock bag and seal it well. After about eight hours, you should get a 75% reading.

by John

Review: Viaje Full Moon Collector's Edition

Tim Viaje Full Moon Collector’s Edition

I’ve been a Viaje fan for some time now. The brand’s Exclusivo is among my favorite cigars on store shelves right now. Despite my affinity for Viaje, Full Moon Collector’s Edition somehow went under my radar. Yes, I know this is a Halloween-themed cigar, so call me late to the party but, I just wanted to share my delight in finally giving this cigar a go. Let’s start with aesthetics - the cigar is wrapped in a gorgeous deep brown Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper that has an earthy and spicy aroma. The pigtail cap is a nice detail that I’m a total sucker for, so this experience is already off to an amazing start. Upon first light, Full Moon has a ton of flavor. Thick mouthfuls of pillowy smoke exude intense flavors of spice, earth, and cocoa. I was expecting an extraordinary cigar and somehow my expectations were blown out of the water throughout the burn. Full Moon is fantastic from top to tail, with a beautiful creaminess reserved for the very best cigars. Is it a surprise that I enjoyed this cigar as much as I did? Not really. The only surprise here is that spring has sprung and it somehow took me this long to sample Full Moon Collector’s Edition.

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