E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series – Cigar Review
In late 2009 Ernesto Perez-Carrillo returned to the cigar marketplace, and in a short period of time his cigars have become a staple in many humidors. As the man who created La Gloria Cubana not many people knew the name E.P. Carrillo, now less than a year an a half since his return, casual smokers and aficionados know it well.
Earlier this week we review the EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut which is now beginning to ship to retailers along with today’s review; E.P. Carrillo Elencos. According to E.P. Carrillo, “The E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series will have the same exact blend as the E.P. Carrillo Edición Limitada 2010 Elencos, which was ranked Cigar Aficionado’s #8 Cigar of the Year and rated a 94.“. The cigar will be available is 3 sizes, Don Rubino: 5 1/4 x 50 ($9.50 MSRP), Elites: 6 x 54 ($12.00 MSRP) and Acto Mayor: Torpedo 6 1/4 x 52 ($12.50 MSRP)
The production for 2011 is limited to 50,000 sticks.
Cigar: E.P. Carrillo Elencos
Size: 6 x 54 (Toro/Elites)
Wrapper: Brazillian Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Appearance and Construction: The E.P. Carrillo Elencos features a beautiful dark Habano wrapper from Brazil. The cigar has a beautiful sheen to it due to the abundance of oils. The wrapper sports some thin veins while the cigar is well rolled, virtually seamless, and firm to the touch. In the hand the cigar has a nice weight it with a well packed foot. The band of the cigar is black, silver and red and I love how they are changing up the color schemes which will make it easy to identify in any shop.
Smoking Characteristics: The EP Carrillo Elencos Elites had a perfect draw, with a light to medium gray ash. The ash held on well for the first third of the cigar but was a bit weak the rest of the way. The stick produced a wonderful rich smoke that at one time reminded me of buttered popcorn. The variety you get at the move theater which was strange to me as the last time I went to a movie was to see Interview With a Vampire.