EP Carrillo Edicion Limitada 2011 – Cigar Review
Ive been a fan of EP Carrillo since their cigars first landed on the market. Even though the 2009 Limited Edition was met with mixed reviews on-line I was a fan and it only grew with each product I smoked. The Elenacos, Maduro, New Wave Connecticut, Short Run 2010 and Short Run 2011 as well as the Limited Edition 2010.
Each year EP Carrillo release a cigar in one size but in a different blend each year and this year is the fullest body of the 3 Limited Edition cigars released to date. This years release is limited to 2,000 boxes all of which were pre-sold at IPCPR. Ernesto Perez Carrillo was the original creator of La Gloria Cubana and now runs his own company based in Miami and are an advertiser on this site. The above reviews were written before that, and todays review is based on a couple of cigars I picked up at Cigar Inn in New York City.
Cigar: EP Carrillo Edicion Limitada 2011
Size: 6.5 x 56
Wrapper: Oscuro Maduro
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
Appearance and Construction: This hefty looking Oscuro Maduro wrapper has a brindl like effect to it with varying shades of darkness. The wrapper is nice and thick with no veins present and the cigar is well rolled. There is some tooth to the smoke with a few soft spots present under the fingers. The cigar has the classic EP Carrillo bands with a secondary tan one denoting that the smoke is the edition limitada 2011.
Flavor & Notes: I kicked back in Cigar Inn to smoke this cigar for review in one of the chairs at the front of the store. The door was open and a cool breeze worked its way through the store. Outside the hustle and bustle of the city carried on as a drizzle fell. Inside the store, I was lost in my cigar and was able to escape from the stress of the day. The foot of the cigar offered up some raisins and molasses to the nose while the cold draw reminded me of rye toast and a touch of figs. I toasted the foot of my cigar with a Xikar soft flame light and was treated to first notes of bitter chocolate and apricot. As I worked my way through the first third the apricot notes really began to shine while some espresso lingered in the background. In the second third of the smoke the fruit like notes began to fade as the notes of espresso began to take control of the cigar with a nice dark chocolate on the finish. The last third of the smoke continued with its warm dark chocolate notes and a nutty coffee on the finish making this the perfect cigar for after dinner.
Smoking Characteristics: The EP Carrillo Ediction Limitada has a dark firm ash dark firm ash that held on well. The thick wrapper burns a little jagged and won’t win any beauty contests but it will hold up well in the winter if smoking in the elements. The cigar had a firm draw and produced massive amounts of smokes. A person sitting to my right commented a couple of times on how great the aroma was off the cigar.
Conclusion: Ernesto Perez Carrillo keeps hitting them out of the park. while the 2011 will get better with age it falls just short of the 2010 Edicion Limitada today, in 6 months it’ll be a different story. The reason for this is the cigar isn’t as smooth as I would personally like and is a bit rough around the edges. This will correct itself when the tobacco has a chance to marry itself during aging.