Re+United by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo & Michael Giannini

Today I bring you something a little different than my usual Week in Smoke. Since around this time every year I usually spend a lot of time in front of a camera, I thought I’d try my hand at video cigar review. And I picked a cigar that I’ve been meaning to review for a while now, one that’s been very much on my radar, but maybe not on yours- the Re+United by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo & Michael Giannini. The video below runs a quick 12 minutes, so you can easily watch it four times over your lunch hour (recommended). Enjoy!

Cigar Stats:
Size: 6 1/2 x 54
Wrapper: 8th-priming Ecuador Havana leaf grown by Oliva Tobacco, Co. (General supplied)
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf (EPC supplied)
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano (General), Nicaraguan (EPC)
Smoking Time: 2 1/4 hours
Beverage: Water
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Price: MSRP ~$10.00

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  • Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and Michael Giannini worked together at La Gloria Cubana.
  • Limited Edition, 1,500 boxes of 10.
  • Cigars were rolled and distributed by EPC.
  • Band has both men’s initials on it.
  • Cigar is pretty rustic looking, a little lumpy/inconsistent to the touch.
  • No draw problems, but burn is uneven and the ash is flaky. No relights or touch-ups.
  • Plenty of flavor, evolves, at times complex: Syrup, raisins, bread, cedar, earth, peppercorns, roasted nuts, coffee and occasional floral notes.
  • Noticeable power, may be a little much for early in the day, or milder cigar smokers.
  • Under appreciated, still readily available.
  • Likely to improve with age. Seems better already than release 2 months ago.
  • Box-worthy.