Cigar Review: EP Carrillo Elencos Series

Cigar Review: EP Carrillo Elencos Series

 

Size: 5.25×50, Don Rubino

Wrapper: Brazillian

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium/Full

Price: $9.50 to $9.50

Grade: 9.3

Today we toast a smoke that I have been looking forward to for some time, the Elencos Series from EP Carrillo. The Elencos has the same exact blend as the Edicion Limitada 2010 and is available in three sizes, with a price range of $9.5-12.5. The EL10 was obviously a short production cigar and is was incredibly well received (Cigar Aficionado’s #8 cigar of the year), so a full production was created. The available sizes are 5.25×50 (Don Rubino), 6×54 (Elites), and 6.25×52 Torpedo (Acto Mayor). Today we are toasting the Don Rubino.

Since coming on to the scene with his own blends in 2009, E.P. Carrillo has really been putting out some great products. Check out our alphabetized archive to see several of the EP Carrillo cigars reviewed (here), all of which have scored 9.2 or higher. Man, his smokes are good!

Pre-light, 1.8:
The E.P Carrillo Elencos is a very light cigar in the palm with a medium brown wrapper that is in good shape. The cigar is well packed and the cap is constructed nicely at the head of the smoke. The Brazilian wrapper smells of nuts and wood on the pre-light inspection, and at the foot I pick up notes of dry wood, like an attic in the winter. The cold draw produces a nice flavor with a touch of spice on the finish. Lastly, I like the color scheme of the band – you can’t go wrong with red, black, silver, and white.

Burn, 1.8:
The E.P. Carrillo burned well, the ash held to well past an inch, and each draw produced plenty of smoke. This is one of the best smoking cigars I have had in a while, as I enjoy a looser draw with just a bit of resistance, and this one was spot on.

 

Flavor, 2.9:
The first third of the Elencos produces notes of nuts, toasted cedar, and a touch of fruity sweetness. The finish is dry and spicy but at the same time pretty heavy on the palate. On the very end of the finish, the fruit shows up again for just a second.  The second third produces more depth from the cigar with the same flavors. Again, the finish is really nice on this smoke and is something to look forward to after every puff. In the last third the spice picks up for me and it was a nice way to finish the smoke.

 

Overall, 2.8:
I agree with the rave reviews that this cigar has received. Though priced above the $6 to $8 range that a lot of people stay in, this cigar is well worth the price point it is sold at. I look forward to smoking a few more of these in the near future.

 

(Total: 9.3)