Cigar Review: EP Carrillo Short Run 2016

Cigar Review: EP Carrillo Short Run 2016

EP Carrillo Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 52
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $12.00

Overall Rating: 8.4

The 2016 edition of the EP Carrillo Short Run has a great new updated look. The cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Nicaragua binder and a mix of Nicaraguan features that includes Criollo ’98 from the Somoto region. Yet, the promise of the new look of the cigar fails to translate through to the cigar’s construction and flavor profile.

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Pre-Light: The new look of the EP Carrillo Short Run is a breath of fresh air after a fairly static look of the EP Carrillo Short Run 2016. I like the look of the large gold band, and it serve to make the medium brown Ecuadorian Habano look a bit lighter than it really is. There are noticeable average sized veins to the wrapper, which is dry and leathery to the touch. Overall, the effect of the cigar is quite pleasing, and looks impressive.

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There is an aroma of died autumn leafs and oak to the Habano wrapper of the EP Carrillo Short Run 2016. The foot has an intriguing blend of raspberry, cinnamon, graham cracker and generic wood notes to it. The pre-light draw is a bit inconsistent in airflow, as is the actually lit draw. On the looser of the pre-light draws there is a wonderful mix of freeze dried raspberries, cinnamon, oak and hay flavors that come through.

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Burn: The EP Carrillo Short Run 2016 is a bit inconsistent in the construction area. The draw on two of the four smoked for this review was overly loose, on one was near perfect, and on another was on the firm side. The burn was very similar to the draw in its inconsistency, as two burned very even and two burned uneven requiring touch ups from a lighter. All the cigars for this review came from the same box, and were kept in the same humidor until reviewed.

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Flavor: The cigar starts off with a nice amount of spice. There’s a mix of vegetable and pepper notes that soon join the spice during the early part of the EP Carrillo Short Run 2016. On the retrohale, a pleasing blend or spice, pepper and oak tingles the nostrils. The spice and pepper continue into the second third of the cigar, and are joined by sweet coffee, oak and nut flavors. As the 2016 Short Run nears the halfway point there is a mix of flavors that include oak, nuts, coffee and hay that all seem to be muddled and overpowered by spice and white & black pepper. During the transition to the transition to the final third of the EP Carrillo Short Run 2016 there is an odd metallic note that lingers on the palate, that is a bit like letting an iron pill sit on your tongue too long. The final third of the cigar has a muddied earthiness that is still dominated by the pepper and spice. The 2016 Short Run ends with a lot of pepper on the palate.

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Overall: After seeing the look of the new EP Carrillo Short Run I was quite excited, since it gives the look of something special. Unfortunately, the 2016 Short Run doesn’t quite live up to what the look implies. While not a bad cigar, and I would certainly smoke it again, it lacks both complexity an any defining note beyond spice and pepper. The iron-like metallic note that lingers on the palate is a bit odd, and not really to my liking. Construction on the cigar was also a bit inconsistent, as some burned even while others did not, and the draw was sometimes loose and sometimes a bit firmer on the cigar I smoked for this review. While there are certain to be those that like the Short Run a good deal, I was not one of those people. Although we don’t take price into account in our rating of cigars, the $12.00 purchase price seems a bit steep for what the EP Carrillo Short Run 2016 has to offer.

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Pairing: The EP Carrillo Short Run 2016 will pair fairly well with a quality IPA or light beer. Those looking for something a bit stronger may want to pair the 2016 Short Run with a good sipping rum such as the Zafra 21.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)