Following right on the heels of my first impressions video for the EP Carrillo Short Run 2012, this week I’m reviewing the EP Carrillo Edición Limitada 2011, also know as the “Dark Rituals.” Having not yet tried them myself, but based on very strong recommendations from everyone I spoke with, I picked up a full box of the Dark Rituals at the recent EP Carrillo event hosted by W. Curtis Draper in Bethesda. I had the pleasure of meeting Ernesto Carrillo himself, along with his son, Ernie, in person and was honored to have both of them autograph my box. Ernesto’s daughter, Lissette, was also involved in the development of the Dark Rituals, as she devised the name (presumably in reference to the dark wrapper & complex flavors) and is the one who actually owns the trademark.
EP Carrillo Edición Limitada 2011 “Dark Rituals” by the numbers:
Wrapper: Oscuro Maduro
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza in Santiago, DR
No. smoked for review: 4
Duration: 90 minutes
Source: purchased by the reviewer from W. Curtis Draper in Bethesda, MD
(Video length: 11:37)
Soundtrack: “Dollheads” by Ivan Chew (courtesy of ccMixter.org)
The first few Dark Rituals that I smoked really didn’t wow me. I could tell that they were objectively good cigars, but I think there was just something in the flavor profile that didn’t do it for me. This was one of the reasons why it took me so long to get this video review filmed — I had a feeling I was missing something and didn’t want to short change a great cigar. The last few sticks that I pulled out of the box were truly fantastic, and I’m glad I took my time with this assessment. The flavors are deep, rich, complex and satisfying, while the terrific construction and burn are exactly what you’d expect from EP Carrillo. It’s a good thing I listened to the folks at Draper’s who encouraged me to pick up a full box without even trying one, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the remaining cigars develop with a little age.
Charlie has been enjoying cigars since 2000 and generally prefers a medium-bodied, full-flavored smoke. A USAF vet, he is currently pursuing a PhD in computer science, focusing on artificial intelligence and computational linguistics. Originally from Connecticut and now residing in Delaware, Charlie is also a fan of football, science fiction, political philosophy, and single malt scotch. You can contact Charlie on Twitter @greenbacker