It was great to meet Dean Parsons from Epic Cigars in person at the first IPCPR appearance for Epic in 2014. Dean has been making cigars since 2006, and makes his home in the Dominican.
The Epic Habano launched at IPCPR 2014 and it will be available in 4 sizes; Fat Rothschild (4 1/5” x 56 gauge), Corona Extra (5.5” x 46 gauge), Robusto (5.5” x 52 gauge) and a Gordo (6” x 60 gauge).
The nose on the Epic Habano is cedar, light coffee, faint pepper and marzipan.
First first starts out with medium sweetness and the draw finished with cedar, pepper and full bodied coffee. It’s a very spicy start, especially through the retrohale. There’s no question the Nicaraguan filler is a huge influence on the flavor profile. Once the cigar has established itself the pepper falls in strength and the sweet cedar moves up in strength. For the first half of of the initial third the pepper is sitting at the back of my throat, but continues to decrease in intensity.
There’s some citrus and pepper introduced in the middle third. I attribute the citrus to the Dominican filler. It’s an interesting combination, but the overall flavor profile is less bold than the initial third. I’m still getting a good amount of cedar and pepper through the retrohale. There is a very full mouthfeel here and some cocoa ends up adding to the profile before the second third is done.
The final third is a spicy citrus and ends up being largely citrus to finish up.
The Epic Habano is an enjoyable fusion of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. The Nicaraguan pepper and strength seems to establish itself immediately, and then the Dominican filler takes over and it becomes more medium bodied for the second half. It makes for an interesting cigar, and I would grab a 5-pack of these.
The Epic Habano is the latest release from Epic Cigars. Before IPCPR 2014 I didn’t know much about Epic. I had seen them all over Instagram, but that was the extent of my knowledge. We met Dean Parsons, owner of Epic Cigars, and chatted with him about his company and their product. After meeting Dean, I was eager to explore the Epic line. The Epic Habano is the first Epic cigar I had the opportunity to smoke. Soon we will review the Maduro Reserva and Corojo Reserva.
The Epic Habano offered up a nice, smooth flavor profile and enjoyable smoking experience. Rich notes of espresso and dark chocolate were present from the get-go. At the beginning there was a mild white pepper spice on the retohale. That spice slowly built throughout the smoke. It started as a side note and worked its way to prominence in the second half. The flavor profile added a nice cinnamon note in the second half. Combine that with the growth of the white pepper and this turned into a spicy little smoke.
Strength: The Epic Habano was a medium strength cigar all the way. The flavors were in the medium to full range, but the strength was in that perfect spot where it added to the experience without detracting from the flavor.
Recommendation: I smoked the Fat Rothschild, which is a 4.5 x 56 with an MSRP of $8 and at that price, a 5 Pack is a no brainer. I’m curious to see what everyone else thinks of this cigar. Personally I think it falls into that “everyday cigar” category. The flavor profile is great and there is just enough spice in there to keep you on your toes. I really enjoyed it and I think most medium body smokers will as well.
I dig this cigar and I dig the 4.5 x 56 sizing. It’s a perfect 50 minute smoke with a profile that would pair well with coffee or a nice chocolate stout. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the Epic line.
I received the Epic Corona Extra as a sample from IPCPR and was eager to try it.
Pre-light draw had sweet cedar. Upon lighting the cigar, I'm immediately hit with some pepper on the bat that catches me a bit off-guard. I know this has some Nicaraguan tobacco in the filler, but I'm left thinking the whole time that this is one of the spicier Dominican cigars I've ever had. The pepper mixed with some cedar flavors and I was enjoying the smoke, but it actually improved into the middle as the spice toned down and accentuated the cedar and coupled with some cocoa flavors.
I felt like the cigar lost its way into the final third as the spice disappeared and I found the flavors to turn very bitter. I tried to slow down my pace and purge, but none of this seemed to help. I let the cigar burn out with just under an inch left. Draw and construction were perfect. I'm still surprised at the amount of spice the Nicaraguan filler brought to this smoke - I assume most people would guess this was a Nicaraguan cigar if they conducted a blind sampling.
While this cigar never blew me away, I was enjoying it for the majority of the smoke, and at this price, its a must-try, IMO. Unfortunately, the finale soured me a bit on the cigar, though I expect to revisit it in a few months to see if the spice mellows and the bitterness dissipates.’’
I am rating this on the high side of the, “if I had them,” rating because it was a good cigar, just outside of my taste preference.
The first third left a dry palate, with too much red pepper and cedar for me, and a big retro kick.
Second third saw baking chocolate arise, with sat on the tongue, and mixed well with the burn of the red pepper. Sweetness and rich chocolate flavors picked up, and the midpoint was my favorite part of the cigar.
The final third saw some stone fruit arrive, along with heavy earth notes. The chocolate and earth hit the nose, complimenting the red pepper and cedar, making for a rather complex retrohale.
The cigar was way too strong for me, as I am the ruler of the Connecticut for Life Club. John, Rob, Logan, or Matt will probably have a more accurate description of the cigar. That being said, it still did not jump out to me, as I do enjoy the occasional strong smoke.