In 2009, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the longtime maker of the La Gloria Cubana brand, left his post at General Cigar Co. to form his own company. EPC Cigar Co’s core brand, E.P. Carrillo, debuted in 2010 and quickly became a favorite among connoisseurs of small-batch cigars. The brand has gone on to receive numerous accolades and many high-profile line extensions, such as La Historia, Short Run and Selección Oscuro. Perez-Carrillo owns and operates his own Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. factory located in the Dominican Republic.