Depending on who you asked, the IPCPR 2015 was either busy or slow. One of the booths that required multiple passes before we could secure an interview was Epic Cigars. Dean Parsons was seemingly busy from the open each day until the close with no breaks.
This year Dean was focused on expanding their existing line instead of creating a new line. The Epic Maduro Reserva is available in Robusto (5x52), Double Corona (6x54), Gordo (6x60) and the new Lancero (7-1/4x40).
Check out our interview with Dean:
Check out my video review here:
The nose on the Epic Maduro Reserva Lancero has loads of leather and earth on the wrapper. In the foot I’m picking up spices, and dry hay.
I used my v-cutter and found the draw to be right in the ideal zone.
First impressions are sweet leather and hay with great spices and pepper on the retrohale. The pepper ramps up to medium plus on the retrohale right away. I start to get some sweet nuttiness, and hay with the leather dropping off quickly. The pepper is lingering between draws and has a lot of bite to it. The sweetness on the draw does take the edge off the pepper somewhat. Once the first third settles in the pepper falls back to around a medium level. The leather comes back and mix in with the pepper post draw. As the first third winds down the leather falls to a light level and the sweetness and pepper strike a nice balance.
In the middle third there is some rich sweetness and complex spices that continue to build as the middle third progresses. The pepper strength has fallen to around a medium minus level. Some cedar starts to come through playing against the pepper and sweetness. As the middle third settles in some cocoa adds into the mix. As the middle third transitions to the last third I’m tasting citrus as well.
In the last third the retrohale is really nice spices that finish with cedar. The draw produces light plus sweetness and earthy flavors.
If you’re a fan of the Lancero vitola then the Epic Maduro Reserva Lancero is a cigar that needs to be in your humidor. Although the pepper is quite aggressive to start, it does become balanced with the other flavors once the cigar settles in.
You can’t go wrong with root beer, Dr. Pepper or a cola here. For alcoholic beverages I would reach for a stout, scotch ale or something with some complex sweetness.