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
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium/Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series
E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series

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.

E.P. Carrillo Elencos SeriesFlavor & Notes: Prior to lighting up the cigar I went through the pre-light ritual and I was happy to see the draw was true to the 2010 on this particular size and sample. The cold draw served up notes of cloves, raisin and a meatiness to it, while the foot of the cigar offered up some of the same and an added richness to it. As we smoke the first third of the cigar notes of raisin and cedar dominate with some spices through the nose. Entering the second third of the cigar a sweetness begins to take hold with a continued cedar and spice thrown in for good measure. As we enter the final third of the cigar, the sweetness develops a nice caramel like edge to it with a dark bakers chocolate and a short finish.
E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series

The first third of the E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series

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.

E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series

About to breach the 2nd third of the E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series

Conclusion: I had two samples to smoke of the Elencos, the first was the Robusto which I will be honest, smoked differently then the 2010 Limitada. I even reached out to Ernie Carrillo to ask him of the tobacco came from a different priming. He assured me it was the same, and after smoking this size I tend to agree with him. Someone needs to call Casey Kasem, because with EP Carrillo the hits keep on coming.
E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series

Final Third of the E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series

Rating: 92