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Quick Smoke: E.P. Carrillo Capa de Sol Sultan

3 Aug 2018

A couple times each week we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Until a few nights ago, this specimen had been resting in one of my humidors for about two years. Part of E.P. Carrillo’s “Elite Series,” the Capa de Sol blend sports a dark Ecuadorian leaf around Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. In its three other sizes, which range in ring gauge from 52 to 54, I suspect the line is significantly stronger and denser. The Sultan (6 x 60) format, however, renders the blend cool, airy, and slightly subdued. Flavors include sharp red pepper, chalky earth, sweet cocoa, and a bit of black pepper spice. Expect the price to be in the $9 to $10 range. I’d like to try some of the other Capa de Sol sizes because my main reason for not fully recommending this cigar has to do with construction (flaky ash, somewhat burdensome burn) and the fact that it tends to overstay its welcome. If you’re a fan of the gordo size, however, take my criticism with a grain of salt; this just might be up your alley, and there’s a lot to like here flavor-wise.

Verdict = Hold.

Patrick A

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One Response to “Quick Smoke: E.P. Carrillo Capa de Sol Sultan”

  1. Stan Walker Friday, August 3, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

    Always found EP Carrillo stuff to be hit or miss for me, mostly on the construction side. As long as a cigar is not harsh and the construction is good, I can power through one that isn’t in my flavor wheelhouse.
    Quick question: Has the normal Friday wrap up changed or is this just a summer thing. So to speak.