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Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2012 Invictos

8 May 2012

It’s hard to think of a cigar maker currently on as long of a streak of widely-praised cigars as Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. Ever since founding the EPC Cigar Co., Ernesto has seemingly produced hit after hit.

The Short Run is no exception. So far, the line has resulted in one release per year, although when it was first introduced we were told there might be two Short Run releases per year. The concept is pretty simple: Make a limited run of a blend utilizing tobacco that isn’t available in enough quantities to become a full blend.

The original Short Run, introduced in 2010, featured an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper around Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos. The 2011 edition featured an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper around similar binder and filler tobaccos. Personally, I preferred the original 2010 edition, but I’ve talked to plenty of people who preferred the 2011 Shot Run.

The 2012 edition is a slightly different animal. It features the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper from the New Wave Connecticut around binder and filler tobaccos from the Core Line Maduro (Ecuadorian binder with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler). Unlike the others, in theory they should be able to continue making this cigar (if EPC choses to), since all the components come from regular production lines.

The Short Run 2012 comes in three sizes: Exquisitos (4.9 x 50,) Invictos (5.9 x 52), and the Reinados—which apparently also going by the name Nitidos—(6.25 x 60). The cost ranges from $6.30 to $8.60 with only 1,000 boxes of 24 of each vitola made. I smoked three Invictos for this review. The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper is slightly splotchy, but it has a bit of oily shine. The cigar is well-constructed. It is firm with an even burn, easy draw, and sturdy ash.

The flavors are perfectly balanced. The profile has lots of cedar, graham spice, and hints of straw, cream, and honey. There’s not much variation from start to finish, but the flavors are pleasant. The cigar is very similar to the original regular New Wave Connecticut, which isn’t a bad thing. But it punches up the body just a bit from medium-bodied to medium-full and adds some extra complexity.

It’s a cigar Connecticut fans will love and non-fans will like. The balanced flavors and solid construction earn the Short Run 2012 Invictos a rating of four stogies out of five.

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Patrick S

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5 Responses to “Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2012 Invictos”

  1. Ashburn Dave Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    I still can't say I have any skill in detecting flavors, but every E.P. Carrillo, as well as most LGCs, that I've smoked all have that particular dry straw flavor that I'm not a fan of.

  2. sharker Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Hit after hit is right. And don't forget 4 Kicks that he makes for Crowned Heads.

  3. Patrick Ashby Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    I'm a fan of this smoke in a big way, but haven't smoked the Short Run 2010 or 2011 recently enough to compare them. All I know is I buy the EPC Short Runs and consume them rather quickly since they seem like they're ready when they're released.

  4. Drew B Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Smoked this 2 days ago and was in awe of this little mild/medium. delicious.

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