EP Carrillo Elencos Series Cigar Review

August 18, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review 

EP Carrillo is a classy guy who makes some pretty damn good cigars and this cigar is no different. Perfectly constructed, the EP Carrillo Elencos comes with a Brazilian Habano wrapper that exudes oils and is medium-dark brown. Very consistent color to it and you will not find very many veins on this cigar.

Unfortunately, the EP Carrillo site does not have any information on this cigar, which sucks, but it’s not like there’s going to be a test after this cigar gets nubbed. What I was able to find out is that the EP Carrillo Elencos is the same blend as the EP Carrillo Edicion Limitada 2010 (Stogie Review).

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6”
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Brazilian Habano
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $216.00/Box of 20 | $54.00/5 Pack

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This cigar does take a little while to build up some momentum but when it does the flavors do come on strong; mainly spice and oak (about 2:1 spice:oak ratio). There’s also a bit of sweetness that is rattling around in there like loose change in a frat house couch.

During the second third the spice does fade into the background. Oak and a sweetness that reminds me of molasses. This cigar is not being very aggressive and that has been my experience with these cigars recently. I do, however, remember some that I smoked a while back that were heavier with the spice and definitely full bodied.

The last ten or so of these that I have had have been different. Instead of this onslaught of spice this cigar goes towards wood, sweetness and, at least during the final third, meat. It’s not a bad change of pace but I’d rather these things were spicier than what I am experiencing with these last ten or so.

Like I said: this isn’t a bad cigar. Even when the spice just makes an appearance during the first third the other flavors are good enough to keep my interest. It’s medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn. Well, the draw was suboptimal for a couple of these cigars that I smoked but the vast majority of them have an excellent draw.

Really, I’m conflicted about my opinion for this cigar. If I would let price factor into my ranking, which I won’t and never will (a cigar should just be judged on how good it is while deciding whether or not a cigar is worth a certain price is best determined by each individual), I probably wouldn’t buy this cigar very frequently. I don’t think I’d be singing the same tune if more of my experiences with this cigar were like my earlier experiences with it: i.e. spice, leather and meat flavors predominantly.

89 points

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