Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s new smoke will be quite different from any others he has made, as this is a brand of cigars meant to be rolled by other cigar factories, not his own.
EP Carrillo Allegiance is a cigar bearing the name Carrillo which is produced in Nicaragua by Oliva Cigar Co. Future versions of the cigar will be made by other cigar factories.
“It’s an ode to the deep roots we have in the industry, to the friendships and bonds we’ve made over the years, and how that extends to EP Carrillo lines,” says Ernesto Perez- Carrillo, double winner. of cigar lover Cigar of the Year, as well as a member of the magazine’s Hall of Fame. “Oliva Cigars consistently grows great tobacco,” he adds, “and our friendship with their team made them an easy choice to partner with them for Allegiance.”
This version of Allegiance is entirely Nicaraguan, with the exception of the Sumatran seed wrapper grown in Ecuador. The blend is intended to be medium to full-bodied. It comes in four sizes: Robusto, Toro, Double Corona, and No. 58, with suggested retail prices ranging from $12 to $14. It will be presented in Las Vegas this weekend during the PCA show.
This is expected to be the first of several projects with other cigar companies. “We aspire to create new allegiance series over the years, so this is a true ode to the industry,” says Lissette Perez-Carrillo. “The first allegiance is with Oliva. “other factories, in other blends, as well as in the future as part of a series. We are still in the development phases of the larger concept.”
Allegiance will be somewhat limited. “There will be 5,000 boxes made for the United States and 2,500 boxes shipped internationally this year, and we will continue to order as needed,” says Lissette Perez-Carrillo.
This first edition of Allegiance will come in green boxes of 20, marking a change for the entire Perez-Carrillo line as it transitions from the 10-point format of several of its brands. For now the cigars have generic white bands – EP Carrillo is waiting for the printing of the definitive bands.
The Perez-Carrillos have branched out in recent times. Earlier this year, the company created The Inch Nicaragua, which is made by the Plasencias. And he recently signed on to launch a limited edition of the relaunched Cuba Aliados brand in the Dominican Republic for Oliva.