December 8, 2011
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 5.8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $6.50 each
After a week of fighting a cold and not being able to enjoy a nice cigar, I had the chance to light up a couple cigars this weekend. Saturday morning I woke nice and early and decided to start the day off with this cigar. E.P. Carrillo cigars are making their way into stores around my area, so these are still rare for the most part.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
This cigar’s wrapper is a light to medium shade of brown and very smooth. Throughout the entire stick, there are only a couple thin veins. The veins are no cause for concern to me. The cap features multiple layers and evenly spaced and placed on top of each other. The flush cap can barely be felt by hand. There is also a sweet and earthy smell coming off this stick.
Construction : [rating:2.5/5]
The one thing about this cigar that bothered me was the presence of a few cracks in the thin wrapper. The cracks were between the band and the cap. The cigar itself is very solid from cap to foot. The cigar cut very clean, and was very easy to light. The cigar burned perfectly even throughout the duration of it. The draw was very easy and helped to produce a good amount of dense smoke. The ash was very strong and held on until about the halfway point of the cigar, even in the wind. As the cigar progressed and heated up, the cracking in the wrapper got worse.
Flavor : [rating:3.5/5]
Upon lighting this cigar, I was greeted with a nice amount of earthy tones. There was also a good amount of nuttiness. As this cigar slowly burned, there was some spice that began to build. There was also a little bit of leather that combined nicely with the spice. After a couple inches, the earth was still very strong, and the spice picked up a little more. A combination of woodiness and leather coats the palate. By halfway, the spice had come out and became the main flavor. The last couple inches were pretty uneventful. The nuttiness and spice were on about the same level with accents of wood, earth, and leather.
Value : [rating:4/5]
I can’t say anything bad about a cigar for $6.50. That is pretty much an average price for just about everything I smoke. There are definitely better cigars out there for this price, but on the flip side, there are just as many, if not more that aren’t worth this price.
Overall Rating : [rating:3.5/5]
I would have rated this cigar much higher, but the cracking of the wrapper bothered me. Also I didn’t like how one-dimensional the flavor was. I’m not saying the flavor was bad, I was just expecting a little bit of a change every once and awhile. Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I would, but I wouldn’t consider this a box worthy cigar.
[sz]carrillo club 52[/sz]
November 25, 2012
This is a great review and I did enjoy this cigar. I was a little disappointed as my local cigar store talked this one up to me. However I disagree on the final inches, maybe because yours had cracks, but my experience was better in the last couple inches as nutty flavors picked up a lot. But 3.5 is a perfect rating for this cigar.
December 8, 2011
I am a huge EP Carrillo fan. The club 52 is one of my go to cigars. 3.5 stars is a perfect rating for this cigar. It’s nothing spectacular but always consistent with good subtle flavors. Thanks Zack for reviewing this stick!
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