Epic Cigars launched in 2012 with a single cigar – a dark, Brazilian maduro titled Epic Maduro Reserva. Building on a solid base with this cigar, Epic has not rushed to flood their portfolio with cigars, rather steadily building a solid lineup of cigars made to stand the test of time. The lineup now consists of 3 cigars, including the original maduro, as well as the Corojo Reserva and the new Epic Habano.
Epic Corojo Reserva Breakdown
- Wrapper: Ecuadoran Corojo
- Binder: Dominican Olor
- Filler: Dominican – Piloto Cubano, Seco, and Ligero
- Factory: Charles Fairmorn (Dominican Republic)
- Production: Regular Production
- Vitola: 5″ x 52
- Price: $7.50
The Epic Corojo Reserva has an attractive appearance, it’s somewhat rustic, but plays well with the cigar. The wrapper is dark red-brown with mottled streaks throughout. There are thick, pronounced veins, adding to its rugged demeanor. The construction feels high quality, with a dense packing, making for a solid feel, with a nice springiness when squeezed.
I love the aroma on this cigar – leather and hay are at the forefront (no surprise there) and there is an interesting back-note that might best be described as funky, similar perhaps to a Belgian saison beer.
The cigar opens up with wood bark, pepper spice, and a bitter backdrop that seems to inaugurate so many cigar’s first puffs. Soon, the bitterness is rounded out, replaced with a warmer maple note and a hint of Cuban musk. It’s a classic profile at this point, consisting of flavors you wouldn’t be surprised to find in many Cuban cigars.
With a little transitioning, oak becomes the primary flavor component, accompanied by chocolate, caramel sweetness, and a nice mixture of spices in the retrohale, with anise being most noticeable. The cigar is medium-bodied, accentuated by an extremely long finish on every puff. There is a tanginess that I had trouble putting my finger on, but eventually pegged it as a similar Belgium funkiness that had been detected in the aroma – this time I’d describe it more as a Belgian Quad…
The final third sees a fairly high strength increase, going from medium to just under full. Along with the strength come flavors to suit – spicy peppercorn, sharp pepper, nicotine and darker anise in the retro, and a bitter, burning brush flavor. All of this would be overwhelming, had it not been for a resilient sweetness of caramel and chocolate on each finish.
Would I smoke this cigar again?
Certainly! This is a solid release that I wouldn’t hesitate to keep a nice stockpile on hand. It’s nice to have a cigar that delivers a punch of flavor with decent transitions. I wouldn’t mind smoking this any time during the day (though breakfast may be a tad intense).
- Full flavors
- Steady transitions
- Long finish
- Occasionally bitter
- Required 1-2 touchups
- Last third not as impressive as the previous