Elencos (Toro), 6 x 54
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Brazilian Habano
|Cigar age||1 yr. 5.1 mo.|
BACKGROUND: This Postscript review is on the EP Carrillo 2010 Edicion Limitada Elencos, at Toro size cigar that I first featured in Episode 254 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Sunday, January 9, 2011. This is the second and final postscript review. These cigars have been resting in my humidor for 1 year, 4.9 months prior to this review.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is a world-renowned cigar master whose family has been making cigars for generations. Ernesto was born in Cuba, but migrated to Miami and started a small factory in Little Havana after the Cuban Revolution in the late 1950's. His company was perhaps best known for his flagship brand, La Gloria Cubana, which became one of the best sellers during the cigar renaissance that swept this country in the early and mid-1990's.
Later, Perez-Carrillo would sell the La Gloria brand to the Swedish Match Company and, in the spring of 2008, would join forces with his son Ernie and daughter Lissette to create the EPC Cigar Company.
After more than 30 years in the cigar industry, Ernesto has returned to his roots as a boutique cigar maker and has invested in his family's future with this new cigar brand.
The Edición Limitada 2010 is the second limited edition cigar from the EP Carrillo company. The blend for this cigar starts with Nicaraguan longfiller tobaccos and a Dominican binder and then is wrapped in a dark Brazilian Habano leaf.
This limited edition comes in a single size and is offered only in boxes of 10 and only 1,000 boxes were made. The suggested retail for these cigars is $15 each or $150 per box. This week's featured cigar in the 6 inches by 54 ring Elencos (Toro).
TASTING NOTES: There was something warm and cozy about this cigar right out of the gate. There was a toasty character that carried wood, white pepper and a rounding tobacco sweetness to my palate. The retrohale was warm and smoky with a gentle wave of spices that wandered through my nasal mucosa. My initial impression was that this is a "feel good" cigar with medium body and strength and medium-full flavor.
The draw was slightly north of ideal as I noticed a slight pull when drawing on the cigar. The burn line was razor-blade-thin and the light gray ash resembled spackle in consistency. As with other cigars in this batch, the construction and burn was nearly ideal and the ash was very firm. The cigar burned cool and emitted generous amounts of smoke while burning. All in all, the construction and burn were excellent.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This EP Carrillo is really a sophisticated smoke and even more so with an extra year of aging. My only complaint was a lack of sharply defined flavors and yet, the nuances found in the smoke are interesting and challenging to the palate, if you take the time to sit and concentrate on the cigar.
This is a relaxing smoke that I can recommend to just about anyone. I would also give it high marks as a humidor selection for long-term aging. The only drawback is the price, these will set you back $13 to $15 per stick. But, as a special occasion cigar and one to keep in your humidor for extended aging, the EP Carrillo Edicion Limitada 2010 Elencos is a smoke not to miss.
These cigars are being stored in their original box in my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. The RH is set at 68% and the temperatures vary between 66-70°F.
This is the second and final postscript review. These cigars have been resting in my humidor for 1 year, 5 months prior to this review.
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