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Stogie Reviews: E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2010 Delirios

11 May 2010

Back in 1995, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo was expanding his booming El Credito Cigar Company. His marquis brand, La Gloria Cubana, had been discovered by connoisseurs around the country, creating booming demand. He was making 2.2 million cigars a year between his factories in Miami and the Dominican Republic.

EPCShortRun2010Now, a decade and a half later, he has sold his company to industry giant General Cigar, which he left in 2009 to to start up his own boutique manufacturer, E.P. Carrillo. E.P. Carrillo came on the scene with a bang in late 2009 when the EP Carrillo Edición Inaugural 2009 was introduced. Only 125,00 cigars  were made.

It was thought that that cigar would be the only release from Carrillo until the regular line debuted at the IPCPR in August. But with little fanfare, the new Short Run line is now available. The concept behind Short Run is simple: a one-time blend released once or twice a year made in limited numbers. (Only 108,000 of the 2010  version of the Short Run will ever be made.)

The Short Run 2010, which will be the only Short Run of 2010, utilizes an Ecuadorian-grown, Sumatra-seed wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The blend comes in three sizes: Dominantes (6.25 x 60), Populares (4.9 x 50), and Delirios (5.9 x 52). Prices for the 2010 Short Run range from $6.25-8.50.

The Ecuadorian wrapper on the Delirios is a muted brown color with lots of small veins. The toro is firmly constructed, just as I’ve come to expect from E.P. Carrillo cigars—whether made by El Credito or his new family-run outfit.

Once lit, the Delirious reveals woody spice, sweet graham cracker, and toasty notes. It’s a quintessential Ecuadorian smoke (imparted no doubt by the Ecuadorian wrapper) with sweet spice and buttery flavors. These flavors are consistent throughout, with only a slight leather flavor emerging in the final third. Still, it’s not enough to undo the balanced, medium-bodied flavors.

Construction is flawless. The ash holds admirably and the burn is perfectly straight while it produces clouds of smoke through an effortless draw.

All in all, the EP Carrillo is a fantastic smoke, even if it isn’t quite as superb as the Edición Inaugural 2009. But for almost half the price ($7) the Delirious may be an even better value. Personally, I plan on grabbing a few more of the Short Run before its run ends. For that reason, along with its tasty, medium-bodied flavors and excellent combustion characteristics, the E.P. Carrillo Short Run Delirios earns four stogies out of five.

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Patrick S

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Drew Estate

8 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2010 Delirios”

  1. Gary Korb Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 4:04 am #

    I enjoyed the cigar, too, and agree about the thick, creamy smoke and draw. Looks like we picked up some of the same flavor characteristics, too. If it doesn't get chopped out of this comment, you can read my review here: http://bit.ly/9cqpYa. Thanks. G~

  2. mighty Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 6:04 am #

    I liked the Inaugural Edicion, but it was pretty expensive. Hoping to see this cheaper version soon!

    thanks

  3. Tim Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    This sounds fantastic. Love me cigars with spice/buttery combinations. When will they be arriving in stores?

  4. matt maronna Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Looking forward to trying these, the edicion inaugural set a high bar it will be interesting to see where things go.

  5. keith Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Patrick, would you say these are closer in taste profile to the Inaugurals or to the regular LGC line, which also uses an Ecuadorian wrapper. I like both, though I was expecting more from the Inaugurals. Thx for the great review.

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