EPC Short Run 2013 Corona Gorda – Cigar Review

E.P. Carrillo just released the 2013 version of it’s Short Run line which started back in 2010. You can find out reviews of the EPC 2012 Short Run (here), the EPC 2011 Short Run (here), and the EPC 2010 Short Run (here). The 2013 version of the Short Run features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, much like the 2010 version. Like past releases, it also is available in only 3 sizes, a 5 7/8 x 52 Corona Gorda (which I am reviewing today), a 6 1/4 x 60 Double Robusto, and a 4 7/8 x 50 Robusto which is the same set of sizes used for the 2011 release.

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Size: 5 7/8 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Piloto Cubano (Dominican)
Filler: Nicaraguan, Ecuadorian
Strength: Medium
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The EPC Short Run 2013 features two bands, the top one is the regular EPC band which was used on the 2010 and 2011 versions of the short run. The second band is the same as the second band on the 2010 and 2011, except the 2013 Short Run band now denotes what year it is.

The wrapper of the EPC Short Run 2013 is a medium, golden brown color with just a very slight reddish hue. There are a bit of veins, but they aren’t overly present, and a nice rich oil to the wrapper. The wrapper has a nice silky smoothness to the touch. The EPC Short Run 2013 features a tight triple cap, and very seamless construction.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the EPC Short Run 2013 has notes of rich sweet grass, nuts, and a little spice. The foot has the scent of hay, rich spices, cedar, and nuts. To prepare smoking the EPC Short Run 2013, I use a slight straight cut across the cap. On the cold draw there are flavors of cream, cedar, hay, spice, nuts, and a little earth.

Smoking Characteristics: The  EPC Short Run 2013 kicks off with a rich blend of cream, spice, pepper, and cedar. The first few draws leave a rich mix of pepper, cedar, earth, and spice lingering on the palate with a long finish. It immediately defines its strength in the first third as a solid medium. After the first few draws, the pepper mostly fades from the profile, but the spice remains quite strong. There are now notes of cedar, spice, earth, cream, and a rich sweet grass. The blend is quite delicious, with a nice bit of complexity and flavor.

Into the second third of the EPC Short Run 2013, the pepper has completely faded from the flavor profile. The mix of rich cedar, spice, cream, earth, and sweet grass continue in this third. The blend is rich, complex, smooth, and has a nice savory tone which lingers on the palate. The strength remains in the medium range, not really increasing at all from the last third. The ash holds firmly, well past the inch point.

During the final third of the EPC Short Run 2013, the cedar flavor intensifies, and a little rich honey joins the blend as well. The notes of spice, cream, earth, and sweet grass all continue, creating a wonderful, savory, and enjoyable blend. The strength remains in the medium range, providing me with a nice mellow buzz. The ash still holds firmly, well past the inch point, and is very solid. The burn is very sharp and still has not required a single correction. The draw is perfect, easily providing a full, rich, smooth, cool, sweet, body of smoke. The EPC Short Run 2013 smokes cool to the nub, remaining firm and delicious till the last puff.

Conclusion: I found the EPC Short Run 2013 to be similar in a lot of ways to the 2010 version of the Short run and the Cardinal Natural, yet also subtly different. I loved the rich blend of sweet grass and honey during the final third, and the amazing savory finish that it provided. With only a medium strength the EPC Short Run 2013 is something any smoker should be able to enjoy. I highly recommend trying out this blend, it is a box worthy one!

Rating: 92

MSRP: $7.65