EPC NWC 2012 Short Run – Cigar Review

This is a review of the EPC New Wave Connecticut 2012 short run. We have reviewed several EPC Cigars in the past, including the EP Carrillo Inaugural Edition (review found here), the EPC 2011 Short Run (review found here) and the EPC 2010 Short Run (review found here). The EPC New Wave Connecticut is unique in that the wrapper is a Ecuadorian Connecticut (used in the EPC New Wave Connecticut ), typically mild, yet the binder is a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro from the EPC Maduro core line. A review of the EPC Maduro core line can be found here, and you can check out the review of the EPC NWC here. Also if you still want to find out more about E.P. Carrillo, you should check out their website.

Size: 5×50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican
Strength: Medium
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The wrapper of the EPC NWC 2012 Short Run is a beautiful reddish brown, almost clay in color. It has slight veins and is very attractive to the eye. It is made with a generous triple cap, is well packed with no soft spots. When you touch the 2012 short run there is a silky smoothness to it.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper  and has notes of cocoa, hay, and a light cedar. On the pre-draw the flavors are cocoa, hay, and a very light coffee.

Smoking Characteristics: When I light up the EPC NWC 2012 Short Run it opens up with a bit of cedar spice, a sweet nuttiness, and some cocoa. During the first third this cedar spice really starts to ease up, but a slight tingle develops on the palate intermittently. The notes during this third are of nuts, hay, cedar, and a rich creamy flavor. The nutty flavor is very sweet, and well blended on the palate. Both the draw and burn are excellent. Each puff produces a large volume of a cool, rich smoke.

Going into the second third the EPC NWC 2012 Short Run gains a surprising amount of strength. I would easily put the strength at medium, which considering the wrapper, is a bit shocking. The maduro binder really kicks up the strength on this stick. It is during this third that the maduro flavors from the binder also start to come into play. The flavor is still very creamy, a bit nutty, with a light cedar note. Yet now during this third the rich cocoa sweetness, and a light berry flavor starts to come across the palate as well. The notes of cedar during this portion of the smoke are now simply a flavor rather than a spice as before, and the tingle on the palate between, and during draws has ceased.

Into the final third, the maduro binder brings the smoking experience to a new level. The main flavors are now the sweet cocoa and the rich berry. They are still blended with the nutty, hay, and cedar flavors from the wrapper, but those are now undertones to the sweet cocoa. The smoke is extremely creamy, sweet, and rich. The draw and burn are both flawless, not a single adjustment has been needed. A slight tingle starts to return on the palate between draws at this point, which warms the mouth slightly.

Conclusion: The EPC NWC 2012 Short Run is proving to be a contender for top smokes in 2012. When I pick up a stick with a Connecticut wrapper I tend to expect a certain smoking experience. The first part of this stick was, to me, typical of what I expected. The rest of the smoke took me on a bit of a flavor journey. As a result I fell in love with it right away. The strength is a perfect medium, the construction excellent, and the flavors complex and well blended. Each part of the smoke had a different evolution, and each evolution was one I really enjoyed. My suggestion would be to try a stick. Then, if you agree with what I think of it, buy the box. Get them while you can, the Short Run annual release is limited.

Rating: 93

MSRP: $5.75