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Smoke Notes Cigar Reviews: E.P. Carrillo 2015 Short Run

ep carrillo 2015 short runE.P. Carrillo 2015 Short Run Imperios (6×60)

W: Criollo Jalapa 98
B: Nicaraguan
F: Nicaraguan and Dominican

Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A., Dominican Republic

E.P. Carrillo has officially released its 6th version of the Short Run, this time with a decadent Criollo 98 wrapper from Jalapa. With plenty of rave reviews for previous releases, this year’s offering was no different. New blends and vitola names each year make this a fun cigar to keep an eye on every Spring.

ep carrillo 2015 short run 3Notes:

  • Although the Short Run has been a tradition for E.P. Carrillo since 2010, this is the first year that it features a Nicaraguan wrapper.
  • The cold draw boasted potent, wet tobacco, while the smell of the cigar gave a preview of what’s to come: sweet cream, butter, and a hint of earth.
  • Smoking this stick was a carousel of flavors. It rarely stayed on one note for long, making it hard to pin down a primary taste. It seemed like the top contenders were almonds and espresso.
  • In the 2nd half, the finish shifted gears and presented a delicious cream that seemed to linger for an eternity.
  • Some soft spots made for an uneven burn on this one. However, a butane torch made touch-ups a breeze.
  • Only 1,500 boxes were made for each vitola: Napoleon (5×50), Vencedores (6×52), Imperios (6×60).

Flavor Report: Red pepper, Toast, Dry Earth, Roasted Almonds, Grass, Antique Wood, Cream, Hay

ep carrillo 2015 short run 2Overall: 8/10

The Nicaraguan wrapper really amplifies the flavor profile of what might have been just another smooth Dominican cigar. It definitely deserves your full attention. And with only 4,500 boxes made, you’d be well advised to pick yours up soon.

Have you tried the E.P. Carrillo 2015 Short Run yet? If so, we’d love to hear your take on it. Tell us what you thought in a comment below.