EP Carrillo Short Run 2010 Delirios

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EP Carrillo Short Run 2010 Delirios

I know what you’re thinking. Wasn’t the next cigar released by EP Carrillo supposed to be their core line? A cigar named “Short Run” doesn’t sound like one that will be around for very long. You’re right on both counts, it seems that plans and production schedules have changed. The Short Run is indeed another limited release and the latest word from EP Carrillo family is that their main cigar line will be formally introduced at IPCPR this year. We can expect to see that line on the shelves in late August.

In the meantime, though, let’s focus on what we have here now. The Short Run concept, as explained to me by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s son Ernie is “to release small batches of unique blends throughout the year. This is the only Short Run edition that we plan on doing in 2010, but we will do many more in 2011.” This first Short Run edition will come in 1,500 boxes of 24 in three sizes: Populares (4 7/8 x 50 at $6.25), Delirios (5 7/8 x 52 at $7.00) and Dominantes (6 1/4 x 60 at $8.50). The Populares and Delirios will be available by sometime in early June, and the Dominantes should hit the market in July.

And with that cleared up, it’s time to treat the Short Run to a fire exercise.

Cigar Stats:
Size: 5 7/8 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Smoking Time: 2 hours
Beverage: Water
Source: Samples provided by EP Carrillo
Price: MSRP $7.00

The Pre-Smoke
The Short Run Delirios is a little darker and more rustic than it’s predecessor, the Edicion Inaugural. And to make it even easier for the consumer the tell the two apart, the second band is black (instead of red) displaying “Short Run” in gold. Looking the cigars over, I found them to have a few larger veins, but they were free of any obvious superficial imperfections.

The cigars were very firm to the touch, and slightly lumpy in places. The wrapper scent was funky and potent combination of prune-like sweetness and compost, and that sweetness was echoed in the cold taste.

The Burn
No surprise, the Short Run burned like a cigar made by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. It had produced long, solid ashes, had a slow burn, with a draw just a tad on the tight side of perfect and no need for a relight. The single flaw I experienced smoking the cigar was a somewhat irregular burn line that did require a touch up in one case. Otherwise, the issue was purely cosmetic. In all, not bad considering these early samples had almost no time to recover from shipping.

The Flavor
Much like the Edicion Inagural it seemed that no two puffs were quite the same with the Short Run. Flavors appeared, mingled and faded off again, over and over again. The initial third offered a mixture of flavors that were heavy on coffee and nuts, with a little bit of sweetness early on, and some toastiness toward the end. There were also the occasional wood and dark chocolate notes.

The second third was toastier and woodier than before, with a good amount of chocolate in the mix. There was an interesting bit of butteriness early on, and a little sweetness and cinnamon toward the end.

I tasted more dark chocolate and some slightly sweet wood in the final third. There was also a little more of that buttery at the beginning, usually when the wood flavor was more pronounced. The finish was very long and chocolaty.

The Price
I have no complaints about the price. This is solidly in the sweet spot for premium cigar pricing.

The Verdict
Much like the Edicion Inaugural Encore, the Short Run Delirios is another rich, complex smoke that really begs to be savored. But unlike it’s similarly limited production predecessor, it’s fuller bodied and has a good amount of power, particularly in the final third. The complaints I heard most often about the Edicion Inaugural from people who didn’t like it had to do with its higher price and milder body. The Short Run addresses both of those concerns nicely, without sacrificing flavor or complexity.

I’m still partial to the Edicion Inaugural, but Short Run is a cigar that I plan to explore more when they become more widely available, and I recommend trying it. Especially if you were were unsatisfied with its predecessor. A word of warning though, it might be a little potent for people who prefer milder cigars (like our resident long-hair, Mike).

Liked It: Yes
Buy It Again: Yes
Recommend It: Yes

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14 thoughts on “EP Carrillo Short Run 2010 Delirios

  1. Excellent review! Would def like to try these. The Inaugural does seem kind of high, but do you think that it’s worth the price it demands?

    1. I’ve probably smoked a box or a box and a half of the Inaugural. And you know, it’s out of my comfort zone for cigars, but I like them enough that grit my teeth and pay it. I find it’s a little easier to spring for a box and get the painful part out of the way up front. LOL

  2. Brian,
    I’m a fan of the Inaugural 2009 but hesitate to pick it up because how mild it was overall. I’ve considered it to be a morning / early afternoon cigar that is very flavorful and smooth. The Short Run smoothes out the offerings by EPC and seems to really shine as a afternoon / evening cigar due to its increased power and body.

    Between the two I think the Short Run is a little rough around the edges in comparison to the Inaugural 2009, but it is a very good cigar in the grand scheme of things. I’ve smoked 2 of the 3 I received so far and I’m salivating just thinking about the last one resting in my coolidor.

    1. Given a little humidor time, I’ll bet those rough edges will smooth out nicely. I’m looking forward to their release, and I think I’m going to hide some in the humidor for a while to see if I’m right.

  3. The Inaugural rules – you 2 (Brian and Walt) just back off :p lol

    I dont mind a full bodied/flavored cigar, I just mind the damn nicotine crap!

    I will have to give these a try. I would pick up a ton more of the Inaugural if they were at this price point also.

    Mike

  4. Excellent review!! My experience with this gem was very similar. It certainly hits the target and delivers full and robust flavors throughout. I have two remianing in the humi to hold me over until the full release of the SR later this month!.

  5. Really enjoyed the review. I plan on looking for this cigar next weekend when I go to the big city.

  6. Nice review! I wasn’t a big fan of the first release they gave us, but am always up for trying things again and things that are new. This is something I will be looking forward to trying.

  7. Fantastic, I am totally with you Brian on the Inaugral Edicion. I can’t get enough of it. Now after this review, I am really itching to try the Short Run. Hopefully they show up here soon rather than later.

  8. The Populares 4 7/8 X 50 and the Delerios 5 7/8 X 52 will be shipping in June. The Dominantes 6 1/4 X 60 will ship in July.

  9. …i’m smoking the FAT ONE (60) and there is great flavor, and much power… i need to sit down, and listen to my music, and enjoy!

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