EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012

EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012

Origin : Dominican RepublicEP Carrillo cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 5 7/8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican & Nicaraguan
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Price : $7.10 each

Since the company’s creation in 2010, E.P. Carillo has released an annual “Short Run” series in three vitolas. The 2012 edition is based on the New Wave Connecticut core line, and according to Ernesto Perez-Carrillo the line is a cross between the NWC line and the Core Maduro line. The 2012 Short Run Series has the same Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper as the NWC line, but uses the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper found on the Core Maduro line as a binder.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★★
Aesthetically the cigar was flawless. The thin wrapper was perfectly applied with invisible seams and a perfect triple cap. Interestingly, as I compared the wrapper on both the Core NWC and the Short Run 2012 I found that the Short Run 2012 had a much darker wrapper with a “greenish” hue.

EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆
I found the cigar to be a little under-weight for the size, with a draw that was a little too open. It was very firm, and without soft spots despite the weight issue. Ash was light and flaky, but held for just over the inch mark without any problems. Burn was never straight but not far off enough to need touch-ups.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★☆
The flavor opened with a nice blast of pepper; savory spice, cedar, hay, and nuts all coated the palate with a strong full bodied flavor and strength. The cigar fell into the medium body range as the first third began with a heavy nut overtone and nutty sweetness, with just a hint of cedar. Second third mimicked the first with a heavy nutty sweetness, and the addition of a hay component. As the final third began the cigar found its “sweet spot”; cream became the dominant note while the cedar and nutty notes became balanced, with just a hint of hay. Smoke quality was richer in the final third which created a lingering, balanced finish.

Value : Rating: ★★★★★
Any release that is limited and released once a year with a price tag between $6 and $9 is a great deal. I’ve tried all three releases, and found all to be great cigars both in flavor and price.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★½
The only flaws I found in the Short Run NWC 2012 were the slight under-filling, and the late development of flavor. If you are a fan of the E.P. lines, or like a Connecticut that has a little bit more flavor and body I would recommend trying this year`s Short Run. I will be picking up more to test the consistently of the line, and hopefully adding another special smoke to my regular line-up. Happy Smoking.