No. 62, 5” x 62 ring gauge / ~$8, Burns Tobacconist
I’m on the record...many times, I might add...that I am not a fan of large ring gauge cigars. Even the products of some of my favorite blenders just don’t seem to stand up to the large ring format in most cases, with the flavor being “dumbed down” as compared to smaller ring gauge versions of the same sticks. With that said, I can’t say I was excited about “INCH” by EP Carrillo when I first heard it announced. Each cigar would be big...the smallest at 60 ring gauge and going up to 64, a full inch in diameter. Then people started talking about them and I knew it would only be a matter of time because I succumbed to the pressure and gave it a try. For my inaugural INCH, I opted for the Maduro because EP Carrillo’s Core Line Maduro is one of my favorite things the company has produced. This cigar has Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers, a Nicaraguan binder and a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.