Last week while working from home, I decided to take a break and step away from the computer to play with my daughter. As we hung out in the living room, I heard a bang out on my front porch. Two packages sat outside waiting for me, the first, a delivery of baby wipes, the other, a padded envelope from EP Carrillo. Like a kid on Christmas, I tore open the package to see what goodies were inside.
Armed with two EP Carrillo Elencos and two EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut, I was eager to set them aflame. With the weather being as nice as it was that particular day, I decided to spend my lunch break taking my daughter for a walk, EP Carrillo Elencos in hand, of course. When my walk was completed, I sent some thoughts to Ernie Carrillo where I explained that the cigar was very good although a bit mild for my taste. To my surprise, Ernie informed me that the Elencos is the exact same blend as the EP Carrillo Edicion Limitada 2010 and that the tight draw I experienced must have caused a serious reduction in flavor intensity.
With my curiosity piqued, I sat down to smoke my second sample to see if it turned out more like my past experience with the Edicion Limitada 2010. Sure enough, my second sample had a far greater flavor intensity, and coincidentally, a perfect draw. This experience taught me a valuable lesson. It would seem that a reduction in smoke volume and density can produce a wildly different cigar from one that burns properly. With all that said, lets take a look at my experience with my second EP Carrillo Elencos.
When I pulled this cigar out of my humidor, the very first thing I noticed was its weight. The EP Carrillo Elencos felt hefty and loaded with tobacco. Giving it a pinch, I found that it was eveny packed with tobacco and didn’t show signs of under-filled sections. The wrapper was consistent in color and had few small veins. The cap was applied neatly and rolled over the shoulder, making unraveling very unlikely. The aroma at the foot reminded me of raisins and the same taste came through on the cold draw, after clipping.
Touching flame to foot, the cigar lit easily and immediately began billowing smoke. The first puff was rather intense, giving me a hearty burn through the sinus. This intensity remained throughout the entire cigar, making for what I feel is a full flavored cigar with body that was on the low end of full. The finish was a little rough on the palate and produced a chalky aftertaste that turned more to charcoal as the cigar burned shorter.
In the earlier stages of this stick, I picked up a unique blush wine flavor that was hidden beneath the power of the smoke. This same flavor was one that I adored in my first experience with the Elencos. At about the half-way point, this flavor turned to more of a dried cherry flavor with a tart-like taste. I also noticed wood, nut, and leather flavors that varied in intensity throughout the smoke.
Much like my experience with the EP Carrillo Edicion Limitada 2010, the Elencos beat up my palate. When it was time to set the cigar down, I had no desire to light up another cigar. Aside from being satisfied, my palate was simply worn out and in need of a break. Even though I enjoyed this cigar, I kind of wish it was a bit more like my first experience, even if it did turn out to be a fluke. Numerous times throughout the cigar I found myself thinking back, fondly, to the much milder and delicate experience of my first Elencos.
If you were a fan of the EP Carrillo Edicion Limitada 2010, you no longer have to worry about not being able to pick up the line, as the Elencos is the exact same blend and delivers an experience that I would consider pretty much the same. With a price point of $12.00 for the Elites (6.00 x 54), $9.50 for the Don Rubino (5.25 x 50), and $12.50 for the Acto Mayor (6.25 x 52 Torpedo), I don’t know that I would pick these up too regularly but I would enjoy them in my rotation from time to time.