Epicurean Carnavale

Epicurean Carnavale

Epicurean Carnavale

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro

Binder: American Broadleaf and Honduran

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: 5.5 x 48

Price: $9

Acquired: Sample courtesy of Emilio Cigar and Epicurean Cigar.

I’m quite the fan when it comes to Epicurean Cigars, and I have found that I always keep quite a few of them handy in my humidors. For those of you not familiar with Epicurean, the brand owner is Steven Ysidron. I have had the opportunity to hang out with Steven and his lovely wife Renee on a number of occasions, around the country at cigar events. Steven has been in the cigar business since the late 1980’s, and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to cigars and tobacco. Needless to say when I heard about his newest cigar, the Epicurean Carnavale, I was excited.

Smoking Conditions: About 70 degrees with a light breeze.

Looks: The Epicurean Carnavale has a medium colored Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper that has minimal to light veining and has an almost a spotty appearance. The wrapper leaf of this cigar has a nice oily sheen to it and just a bit of toothiness. The cigar is box pressed and is finished off on top with a double cap. The band of this cigar is very Carnavale. The band features a Carnavale styled mask with the words, “Carnavale” underneath. Below the name are the words, “Celebracion de mundo.”

Epicurean Carnavale Band

Pre-Light: One the pre-light draw, I detected notes of earth and pepper. The cigar had a very rich scent as well.

Taste: The important part! The Epicurean Carnivale opens with a very smooth earthy flavor as well as a deep smokiness. I am detecting the ever slightest bit of pepper on my lips and a somewhat creaminess that further develops the more I smoke. There is a bit of a cocoa note that has developed before the first quarter as well as some black pepper notes on the tip of the tongue. Overall, this was a fairly consistent and tasty stick flavor wise throughout the entire smoke. I will note that the creaminess did increase quite a bit whilst smoking.

Burn: Spot on and even.

Buy it? Definitely. I smoked through the two samples that were sent to me from Epicureans distributor, Emilio Cigar. Since then, I am on the hunt for some more because they are definitely worth having a on hand.

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