Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2012 Exquisitos

Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2012 Exquisitos

E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2012 Exquisitos

Size: Robusto (4.875″ x 50)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler:  Nicaragua, Dominican Republic

Strength: Medium

Price:  $ 6.35 MSRP

Grade: 9.2

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Today I decided to review one of my go to cigars for the last few months, the 2012 Short Run by E.P. Carrillo in the Exquisito, or Robusto format.  Now, let me just start off with the fact that I am a huge E.P. Carrillo fan.  There are several blends he has out right now that are regular parts of my rotation. Ernesto’s great talent is in blending, as evidenced by the variation of tobacco varietals he uses and amazing cigars he creates.



In spring of 2012 Ernesto released the 2012 Short Run, a limited batch release based on the incredibly successful “New Wave” Connecticut that was released in 2011.  The 2012 Short Run features the same Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, over the EPC Core Line filler blend, and then to make things even more interesting, the binder leaf is Connecticut Broadleaf.

But enough about that, let’s toast the foot!

Pre-Light:  (1.9)  The 2012 Short Run has a silky smooth wrapper that appears a few shades darker than the golden wrapper on the NWC.  The band is identical to the New Wave with its gold lettering embossed on a white band.  There is a secondary band denoting this as the “Short Run 2012”.



The 2012 EPC SR is flawless to the eye with no visible defects, firm to the touch with no soft spots, and features an expertly applied triple cap.  The wrapper is silky smooth to the touch with no tooth.

The scent off the foot has a unique sweetness with a distinct grassy note and a hint of spice.  The pre-light draw offers up a rich caramel like flavor combined with a rich tobacco note

Burn: (1.7)  The Short Run 12 offered a solid burn that was fairly crisp throughout.  Smoke output was generous and the draw was just a bit tight.  I did have an issue with resin building up  at the head and have had to hit it with an extra cut or two to clear it out and open the draw.  (I’ve had this issue a few times on this particular stick in this Vitola, and am wondering if it’s my box.)



Flavor:  (2.8)  The Short Run starts off with a bit of pepper and spice on the opening few puffs but very quickly the spice was joined with a rich tobacco sweet tobacco.    As I got into the first inch more flavors emerged, a core note reminiscent of hot graham cracker emerges (this is a taste I find a lot in Ernesto’s blends and I have a hard time explaining it, but I love it!).  This core note is rich and balances with both sweet and spicy notes.

As I get into the second third I am really enjoying a very complex bouquet of sweet and spicy notes that are balanced very well against what can best be described as an oaky and creamy core.  Body is a solid medium.



The final third takes off where the second third left a rich and creamy oaky core with sweet and spicy notes coming in and out of the profile.  This is a very flavorful cigar with the creaminess from the NWC wrapper and Broadleaf binder playing off each other really well and providing the smoker with really rich, complex flavor. Body picks up a bit but not enough to call it more than medium.

Overall: (2.8)  As I alluded to in my intro, this is a cigar that is a regular part of my rotation.  It offers up terrific flavors, a rich creamy smoke, is a good value for the price.   If you like a good medium bodied, rich flavored smoke, than the EPC SR 12 should definitely be on your radar.

Total: 9.2