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“I will never stop working with the best tobaccos and bringing new and innovative blends to you.” – Ernesto Perez-Carrillo.

From the legendary brand that brought you La Historia and Encore, E.P. Carrillo proudly presents the Pledge. This bold expression from the master himself has earned its place as an instant classic, achieving the highest honor as Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year for 2020 with an impressive 98-point rating.

The E.P. Carrillo Pledge is a testament to Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s dedication to excellence and innovation in cigar crafting. This full-bodied masterpiece is crafted with the finest tobaccos, delivering a rich and complex flavor profile that has captivated cigar enthusiasts worldwide.

  • Prequel: 2020 No. 1 Cigar of the Year – Cigar Aficionado rated 98
  • Prequel: Tobacco Business Best Dominican Cigar of 2021
  • Prequel: Cigar Journal Best Dominican Cigar of 2021
  • Prequel: Cigar Dojo Cigar of the Year 2020
  • Sojourn: Rated 91 by Cigar Aficionado Magazine
  • Apogee: Rated 93 by Cigar Aficionado Magazine

Taste – Full-Flavored

Our boldest expression in a cigar that is full of rich complex flavors. Expect a powerhouse of flavors with the Pledge. From the first draw, you’ll experience noticeable spice and robust wood notes, balanced by a hint of sweetness. The complexity of flavors is enhanced by its aromatic quality, making each puff an indulgent experience. The smooth coffee finish rounds off the profile, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.

Strength – Full


  • Prequel: 5 X 50
  • Sojourn: 6 X 52
  • Apogee: 6 1/4 X 58


  • Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: USA
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Nicaragua


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Rated 5.0 out of 5
29 May, 2024

prefect thickness ..

nice picking, nice size

Gary Tsoi


Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 May, 2024

Smooth and flavorful. Easy smoke for such a rich blend.



Rated 5.0 out of 5
4 April, 2024

Perfect Cigar


Smooth and powerful

Rated 5.0 out of 5
26 February, 2024

Very pleasant in the late evening: the aromas are subtle and powerful, without ever being pungent.


Such a beauty - very dark - very delicious

Rated 5.0 out of 5
22 January, 2024

This cigar the Pledge Prequel a power packed flavor stick. Beautiful presentation with box bands and ribbons in blue and gold. It always ends too soon – very rich, complex and powerful – comparable to Padron Family Reserves


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Achievements like this are the confluence of skill, talent and experience. In his 50-year career, Perez-Carrillo has owned factories big and small, worked for a major corporation, and has been making cigars on his own terms for the last decade. Now a two-time Cigar of the Year recipient, the man who’s done it all in the cigar business has just done it again.