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E.P. Carrillo Finalizes Prices for Pledge, Announces Contest

Cigar Aficionado
Aug 6, 2020 | By Andrew Nagy
E.P. Carrillo Finalizes Prices for Pledge, Announces Contest
Photos/E.P. Carrillo

When Ernesto Perez-Carrillo introduced his new brand, Pledge, back in June, pricing had not yet been determined. Now not only has the cost been set, but the company has also announced a contest where 12 customers have the chance to win prizes, including a special humidor signed by the Hall of Fame cigarmaker and his daughter Lissette.

The E.P. Carrillo Pledge, which is scheduled to launch in late-August, is the third cigar in the company’s Perez-Carrillo Series that includes two highly rated brands: La Historia and Encore. The La Historia E-III earned the No. 2 spot on our 2014 Top 25 list, while the Encore Majestic was the 2018 Cigar of the Year.

Pledge is made from a blend of Connecticut Havana-seed wrapper, Ecuadoran binder and Nicaraguan filler. It will come in two, box-pressed sizes: a 5 inch by 50 robusto called Prequel that will retail for $10.75 per cigar, and the 6 by 52 Sojourn that will sell for $12 per stick. Both cigars will come packed in boxes of 10.


To help celebrate the release, Perez-Carrillo and his daughter Lissette have organized a “scavenger hunt” contest of sorts where 12 fans can win a prize kit that includes a special Pledge rosewood, 75-count humidor with a glass top (without cigars) plus a cutter and lighter. Each humidor will bear the signature of Perez-Carrillo and his daughter.

The contest works as follows: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo personally signed the underside of 12 Pledge Prequel cigar bands, which have been randomly placed on cigars that will be included in the first 1,250 boxes that will be shipping to stores later this month. If you find a cigar with the autographed band, you win. To verify, winners must return to the store where they purchased the cigar and take a photo with the owner of the shop, then post that photo to either Twitter or Instagram, tagging either the official EPC Cigar Co. Twitter or Instagram accounts.

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Pledge will be released to only a select few retailers. To help you find a store that may carry Pledge see below:

Broadway Cigar Co. OR
21 Degrees Cigar & Accessories AZ
Aficionado’s Pembroke Pines FL
Anthony’s Pipe & Cigar Lounge MN
Aphelion Cigar Lounge MD
B&L Tobacco NC
Back Mountain PA
Beehive Cigars UT
Belle Meade Premium Cigar Co TN
Best Cigar Pub PA
Blue Smoke Cigar TN
Boss Cigar GA
Buckhead Cigars GA
Burke Cigar VA
Casa De Montecristo IL
Casa De Montecristo by Cigar Inn NY
Churchills I MI
Cigar Alley NJ
Cigar Cigars PA, NJ
Cigar Emporium TX
Cigar House PR
Cigar Man TN
Cigar Republic AR
Cigars International Superstore PA
Classic Cigars OK
Club Humidor TX
Corona Cigar Co. FL
David’s Briar Shop IA
Diebel’s Sportsmens Gallery KS
En Fuego Cigars and Lounge NV
F.K. Kirsten Tobacconist WA
Famous Smoke Shop PA
Federal Cigar Co. NH
Finck Cigar Co. TX
Florez Tobacconist NJ
Fox Cigars AZ
Freyboy Tobacco NV
Galveston Island Cigar Lounge TX
Garcia Tobacco Shop ME
Genuine Tobacco Millersville PA
Habana Port Cigar Merchants LA
Harbor Cigars FL
House of Cigar OH
Hubbard & State IL
Humidor of Lisle IL
Humidor of Westmont IL
Humidour Cigar Shoppe MD
J. Shepherd KY
Jack Schwartz Importer IL
JMG International CA
JR Cigars MO
Jungle Jim’s Eastgate OH
King’s Leaf Cigar Lounge SC
Lake Country Cigars WI
Lone Star Tobacco TX
Matador Cigars NY
Max Cigar Shop GA
Maxamar Ultimate Cigars CA
Maxwell’s Cigar Bar GA
McCranie’s NC
Metro Cigars WI
Michael’s Tobacco of Euless TX
Monte’s Pueblo Pipe Shop NM
Neptune Cigar FL
Nick’s Cigar World SC
Northside Cigar & Tobacco IN
Old Virginia Tobacco Co. VA
Outlaw Cigar Overland Park KS
Pleasant Smoke MA
Prattville Cigar AL
Prime Miami FL
Rain City Cigar WA
Regency Cigar Emporium RI
Robusto & Briar OH
S&A Smoke Shop MA
Smoke Inn Boyton Beach FL
Smoke Inn Wellington FL
Smoke N Barley NH
Smoke Shop Miami FL
Smokers Zone PA
Smokin Joes NY
Spring Street Cigars MS
Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors HI
Tel Aviv RI
The Cigar Republic NY, CT, PA
The Humidor CA
The Party Source KY
The Tobacco Shop CT
Thunderbird Trading Post WA
Tinder Box Waldorf MD
Tobacco Depot FL
Tobacco Haven NH
Tobacco Leaf Jessup MD
Tobacco Shoppe of Midland MI
Two Guys Smoke Shop NH
Up Down Cigar IL
W.Curtis Draper Tobacconist DC
West Coast Cigars CA
Wild Bill’s MI
Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop PA
ZT Cigars OK