EPC Encore 2017 Aged 5 Years (The Original Cigar Of The Year Batch)

(4 customer reviews)


Valiente- 6 1/8×52 Torpedo
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Tasting Notes: The body is faint molasses and florals. The foot is raw, rich, red tobaccos. The cold draw is cedar, rich florals, and slight white pepper. In the beginning, I am met with honey, oak florals, pepper, and bread. The retrohale is so zingy without being abrasive. The smoke is buttery and rich. The finish is the show stopper here, it is cleaner than any other cigar I believe I’ve had. It’s getting herbaceous an inch in. Oak, bread, and black pepper are the main focus but there also remains a beautiful floral and retrohale that is out of this world. Rich tobacco is on my mind throughout this smoking experience. I’m noticing a vanilla note picking up. It mixes with the floral incredibly. Red rich tobacco, florals, and a zingy finish. This is an amazingly balanced cigar, yet aggressive where you want it to be. Second third starts out with oak and floral. There is a zing of salt and minerals. I’m getting phantom flavors of moss in some puffs. That red rich tobacco thing is still there and amazing. The butteriness is still there but it’s a little drier now. I get these citrus tingles on the finish and in some samples, I get citrusy notes off in the background. There is earth and moss at times again. Very unique. It’s smooth and rich, dark and earthy, yet it has the upper flavors of floral and that red rich tobacco. The herbs have picked up coming into the final third. Rich tobacco and slight vanilla are present, and while black pepper is my initial spice there is cinnamon on the finish heating the palate. Dried herbs, slight cocoa powder, unsweetened black pepper, and cinnamon. Finish with oak, slight bread, and red rich tobacco. I also get a cinnamon powder note on the retro. Oak comes back even heavier. The feeling of the mouth becomes cooling on the tongue in the end.

Pairing Notes: Red wines. Aged cheddar. Cognac. Rye bourbon. Lowlands scotch. Pilsner beers. Red velvet cake or anything with a cream cheese icing. Butterscotch. Snickers bar. Cafe latte with cinnamon. Crumb cake.

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Ladies and gentlemen. It is with my great honor that I bring this next cigar back to you. For today, I am a loyal hunting retriever that has brought back game to be so proud of, I am not sure what else I can do in the future to top this monumental trophy. This is a mic drop moment for me and I hope you truly understand and appreciate what you have in your hands. Every year Cigar Aficionado makes their top 25 list. The list is absolutely meaningless and I’ll tell you why. First reason is most of the companies on the list paid to get there by spending at least $150,000 on advertising that year. Second, the cigars that win the top 3 spots are almost never the same again. Meaning the cigars sales pick up so dramatically that they have to try and recreate the cigar using different tobaccos because the demand is so high. You’ve had this experience before. You go out and get that #1 cigar about 2 months after it wins and it just doesn’t smoke well or it isn’t the same as when you had it a year prior. In 2018 Ernesto Perez-Carillo, the man behind the cigar factories of Calle Ocho, the man behind the original La Gloria Cubana, took the #1 spot with a cigar called Encore. I had it then, and I had it later on, all were pretty damn great to be honest. But here is where YOU and the POWER of Privada come into the story. As you all go out and represent Privada both on social media and in the real world, our purchase power grows. Our energy grows. Our influence grows. And so with that, it brings new opportunities to work with companies that didn’t even know who we were 2 years ago. And when they approach us I calmly make it clear that Privada is only out for the BEST cigars available and nothing else. When the crew at EPC got that message from us, they delivered. I will be forever grateful. I give you the original batch of EPC Encore made in 2017. This is the lot that the winning cigars would have come from. They are of course aged 3 plus years now, but these are the actual #1 cigars. In fact they were not even box-pressed. They’ve been sitting in the finest aging rooms known to man. Look up EPC cedar aging rooms and you will see what I am talking about. Cigars typically age before being box-pressed. You will notice the box press on some of these are pretty soft. We gave them 2 weeks to box press. All I can say is WOW and thank you Ernesto Perez-Carillo for allowing us the opportunity to truly smoke cigar history.

4 reviews for EPC Encore 2017 Aged 5 Years (The Original Cigar Of The Year Batch)

  1. matthew blackmon (verified owner)

    My new favorite cigar. Bought six and plan to buy more as they are a great smoke.

  2. Benjeman Meyer (verified owner)

    Cedar, slight pepper, earth, nuts and some sweetness. Good creamy smoke output with a perfect draw.

  3. William Payment (verified owner)

    I’m a huge ep carillo fan and this was incredible I’m so glad the club got this because this is truly something special

  4. bnaro2525 (verified owner)

    This stick is perfection. Absolutely fantastic smoke all the way through!

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