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EP Carrillo Pledge Prequel – 5 Pack – Cigar Aficionado #1 Cigar in the World for 2020

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Availability: In Stock
Country of Origin
Dominican Republic

Cigar Aficionado’s #1 Cigar of the Year for 2020.  The EP Carrillo Pledge Prequel is the 5 x 50 robusto member of the Pledge family, and was given an exceptionally rare 98 rating by the CA judging panel – almost unheard of.   This is E.P. Carrillo’s boldest expression in a cigar.  Packed with rich, complex flavors with zesty, spice and wood notes that will awaken and tantalize the smokers palate.  One is left with a lasting creamy finish with a rich aromatic profile that truly delights the senses.

The EP Carrillo Pledge Prequel has racked up the accolades and honors in addition to the big win of the CA #1, including:

Tobacco Business Best Dominican Cigar of 2021
Cigar Journal Best Dominican Cigar of 2021
Cigar Dojo Cigar of the Year 2020

As of this update, we have these gems in stock. But as we all know the CA #1s often become hard, or even impossible to find. We’ll do our best to keep these in stock, but advise customers to grab some when you can.

As always, all our EP Carrillo Pledge cigars are available for worldwide cigar delivery.  Shipped to your door, wherever that door may be!


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The E.P. Carrillo Pledge Initiative
In the spirit of the E.P. Carrillo Pledge Prequel cigar earning a 98 rating when it was selected as the Cigar of the Year in 2020, E.P. Carrillo decided to donate $.98 of every single Pledge Prequel sold between December 15, 2022 and January 31, 2023. In their first campaign, Pledge raised over $46,000 for Els for Autism.

The Els for Autism Foundation was established in the year 2009 by Liezl Els, golfer Ernie Els, and Marvin R. Shanken, founder of Cigar Aficionado Magazine. The Els’ son, Ben, is impacted by autism spectrum disorder, which effects 1 in 44 children in the United States. Their Foundation offers innovative, evidence based programs for families and individuals across the life span in six focus areas: education, research, worldwide support, recreational services, adult services and therapy. The Els for Autism Foundation serves families globally, plus offers in person services and programs at The Els Center of Excellence facilty located in Jupiter, Florida.

Going forward, E.P. Carrillo and the Els for Autism Foundation are also cooperating on several fundraising golf tournaments around the US and will hold various events as well around the country in April 2023 and beyond, highlighting this wonderful foundation that has helped so many lives.


On the E.P. Carrillo Pledge cigar, Cigar Aficionado noted, “Achievements such as this are the confluence of skill, talent and experience. In his 50-plus year career, Perez-Carrillo has owned factories big and small. He’s been making cigars on his own terms for the over a decade. Now as a two time Cigar of the Year recipient, the man who’s done it all in the cigar business has just done it again.” – Gregory Mottola, Cigar Aficionado

All our fine EP Carrillo Pledge cigars shipped worldwide.

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