Video review HERE.
E. P. Carrillo has received some of the highest scores I've given over the years. They simply make great cigars. This is the Short Run for 2013 and if I had to guess before smoking it I would say it will be equally as great. But, we have to sample it to see.
If you look at the blend of this cigar it sounds very similar to the original E. P. Carrillo, but this cigar utilizes rarer, more choice tobacco from each plant.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Dominican Piloto Cubano
Filler: Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian
The cigar has a somewhat splotchy wrapper but otherwise well made. The density is show below.
The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors were a nice, sweet orange citrus and cedar combination. You get these flavors in a nice concentration. Along with these you have earth notes. There is a touch of cream following the citrus and cedar.
About 1/2 inch in the flavors changed to a cedar and nutmeg combination. The earth notes and cream are still there. The pepper is between a 6 and 7; call it a 6.5. The finish is a toasted cream with some lingering pepper. The cigar is medium bodied and burning very evenly.
About 1 1/4 inch in the flavors are about the same but they are more intensified. The nutmeg and cedar are more intense and more sweeter. The pepper is up to between a 7 and 8. The finish is still a toasted cream and it's long. The lingering pepper tingles on the back of the tongue and palate. Everything has blossomed about the cigar.
About 1 1/2 inches from the end the flavors are about the same but there are now some charred oak notes. They are popping in and out but you can detect them. This is a very enjoyable cigar so far.
As the cigar wound down the cedar notes really came out. The nutmeg became subdued. The cedar is still sweet. The charred oak notes became a little more intense and they seemed to cover up the earth notes. The pepper remained very good. The finish was about the same. The cigar stayed medium bodied and burned very evenly. This cigar is right in line with the Carrillo's other cigars as far as quality. This cigar took about an hour to smoke. I enjoyed this cigar and it's flavors very much. The price of this cigar was around $6 so try them. They are on shelves now.