The new core line Carrillo’s are mild on the tongue, however the smoke is sweet and spicy on the palette, the smoke is sweet passing over the nose, in turn resulting in a completely different cigar than what was found within the inaugural line.

The burn is precarious at best on the “Predilectos”, the ash is flaky, but relatively solid; the ash bears the quality complexion of contrasting salt and pepper color tones.

After tapping the ash on the foot, a small mound or cone from the burning tobacco, indicating the presence of ligero in the blend.

The cigar burns and smokes slowly given it’s moderate yet nominal price-point.

The blend consists of a tawny brown Ecuadorian grown Sumatra wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and a joint bunch consisting of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. The Predilectos, the sole figurado in the “New Core Line” comes in as a 6.125×52 torpedo; the body and strength are dead on medium in nature.

Around the three inch and one hour mark the cigar begins to level out as far as the burn is concerned.

Unfortunately, due to the utter lack of transitioning hints and flavors, this cigar is wholly one-dimensional throughout. There’s a distinctive aftertaste consisting of basil, cracked white peppercorns, espresso, and oak.

Around the two and half inch mark, an hour and forty minutes in the cigar begins to heat up significantly to the touch and on the lips. The flavor from the oils on the wrapper tastes of butter and sea salt on the lips.

The EPC Predelictos is a good intermediary cigar for those who are trying their proverbial hand as new cigar smokers, as for anyone who may be more than a novice, well it’s worth trying at least one stick.

Purchased from Davidus Cigars on Rockville Pike on September 28th; for 8.85$ before tax.