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Epicurean Carnavale


I received this cigar from Steve at last years IPCPR and he was super excited about this blend. His past cigars have been nothing short of phenomenal and this follows that same path. This cigar is limited to 1,000 boxes of 20 for each size so 20,000 cigars each. The blend consists of tobaccos grown in the Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua.

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Epicurean Gonzo Santeria


Brand: Epicurean

Wrapper: San Andres

Binder: San Andres, Nicaraguan Jalapa

Filler: 2009 Nicaraguan Jalapa and Condega

Strength: Medium – Full

Size: Heina (Toro) 6.0 x 52

Price: $11.00


The Gonzo Santeria is loosely based off of the 2007 Gonzo. Containing Epicureans first use of a San Andres wrapper, adding a bit more strength to the overall cigar. The eagerly awaited line of cigars were delayed to a cedar shortage for the boxes, pushing the release to 2014 instead of late 2013. The wait was well worth it. The pigtail cap box pressed wrapper has an earthy musty scent to it, with a touch of tobacco sweetness. A creamy chocolate wrapper draws you in at first glance. You will notice the band is pretty straight forward with all the info just sitting there. The cold draw has a bit of peppery spice that tingles the tip of my tongue.

Epicurean Gonzo Santeria
Epicurean Gonzo Santeria
First puffs– A rush of pepper spice and some cocoa undertones. The draw is slow and steady with a nice even burn.
First third– The spice is still in the front of the flavor profiles, with a nice espresso and cocoa riding along with it. This makes a very creamy smooth mixture. The draw has opened a bit more and is very easy to smoke now. Burn remains even and is producing a fair amount of smoke.

Epicurean Gonzo Santeria Smoked

Second third– Spices have fallen back and there is now an earthy cocoa mixture. It is lite and smooth, leaving a rich espresso note on the tongue. I also get a sweetness after that resembles a cherry flavor.
Final third– The cocoa is now fully coming through and is really creamy. Followed up with a nice earth and nuttiness to round it out. The burn has been steady the whole cigar, great craftsmanship. Smoke production has also been great and is still going strong.

Epicurean Gonzo Santeria Nub

Overall a fantastic smoke that I know will appeal to any seasoned cigar smoker out there. I would be cautious if you are a newer smoker however, as the spice may not sit well with you. The mixture of cocoa and peppery spices are spot on and really show Ysidron’s passion come to life. The craftsmanship is seen throughout the cigar while smoking. Pick some up and you will not regret it.


To find out more visit Epicurean Cigars and twitter @live4 (Steve Ysidron)

Epicurean AG Azul Vintage 2008


Brand: Epicurean

Wrapper: Sun-grown Habano from Ecuador

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Jalapa and Esteliano

Strength: Medium

Size: Robusto 6.0 x 50

Price: $9.50


Steve Ysidron started producing cigars for House of Emilio in 2012, bringing with him 30+ years of cigar industry knowledge. This is evident in his fantastic cigar the AG Azul Vintage 2008. From the wrapper I get a nice sweet tobacco scent. The smooth tan Habano has a gorgeous oily wrapper. The presentation is beautifully done. A black and silver band with a cedar jacket and silk wrapped around the foot. Cold draw has a bit of a sweet peppery taste.

Epicurean AG Azul 2

First puffs– I’m getting a floral taste mixed with lite notes of pepper. The draw is good along with the starting of the burn which started out perfect.
First third– This cigar is developing nicely becoming very creamy with cocoa and floral being the main flavors. I also get a nice toasted type taste as well. The draw is really nice now, effortless and is producing a fair amount of smoke.

Epicurean AG Azul Smoked

Second third– There is more pepper and wood taste now that come forward. The cocoa notes linger but are there holding down the underlying flavors. The burn is very nice, just slightly off at times.
Final third– Very smooth and creamy now. The cocoa is really enjoyable and just sets up the pepper nicely.

Epicurean AG Azul nub

Overall a really solid cigar that was extremely enjoyable to smoke. This is the perfect cigar for a weekend summer night when you want to relax. The cocoa and pepper are executed very well and provide a creamy flavorful smoke that is sure to keep you coming back for more. Do purchase, Do smoke, Do repeat.

To find out more visit Epicurean Cigars and twitter @live4 (Steve Ysidron)

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