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E.P. Carrillo Elencos Elites Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, July 15, 2013
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E.P. Carrillo Elencos Elites Cigar Review

This 6×54 stick features a dark brown dry slightly toothy wrapper with a fine sandpaper feel, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, triple cap, even spongy give and rich barnyard aroma. First light reveals a good draw with minimal mild bodied smoke output showing a creamy leather and long smooth finish of the same. The first third burns wonky and very quickly, bringing body up a tick to medium, keeping the same flavors and adding a touch of earth through the finish. The stick is getting very hot and squishy all the way back to the band already. Half way in at 25 minutes flavors mellow a bit to mild-medium, dropping the creamy leather leaving a soft nutty earth. Ending at just 40 minutes where the last third from the band back got very hot and washed out, flavors remained the same. Thank you very much to Ronnie Murphy for providing this sample for review!

  • Marc

    Hey. How did you get back so fast ?
    No wait, Your commuting ?
    OK, I get it, you brought your fence with you.

  • TimB

    I was surprised the last E.P.Carrillo you reviewed was nice.I think they are hit and miss the last ones I had was not anything to write home about.

  • samgiroux42

    Interesting. You said that this might be a re-release. Could it be a re-lease by the distributor and not the cigar company. Like you mentioned before, when the distributor re-releases a cigar, it can be quite different than the original.

  • BERn

    In contrast to the sponginess etc., etc., I wonder if there is any corrolation between the pre-light aroma, cold draw taste etc. and the actual smoking characteristics of a stick?

    • Nope I just mention it because they are obvious components of smoking a cigar you might choose to grab. It’s meaningless to the actual smoking experience 🙂

    • gtclark

      I used to bank on that nice barnyard aroma – I had to smoke a lot of cigars before I realized there’s not a lot you can know about a cigar before you smoke it…

  • rgorman

    Someone just sent me one of these and I may let it sit for a while after watching this just to see if some age helps it.

  • rgmenke

    I like E.P. Carrillo but I’ll pass on this one.

  • Jason Isbaner

    This one sound like I can pass. Good review as always!

  • rockjock

    How can you say this cigar has good construction with the wonky burn and got so hot you couldn’t smoke the last third? I thought those would be components important to good construction. Just trying to understand what consists of good construction.

    • Excellent would be no issues. It got a good from me because even though the burn wasn’t perfect it didn’t require anything special, it still worked. The heat is from the blend. A draw issue would be construction.

      • rockjock

        OK, makes sense now. Thanks for the clarification. I stumbled upon Cigar Obsession over a year ago and have found this to be the best out there.

  • Oldschool67

    I am interested in tying this cigar but i would like to know where it was made (cuba,dominican)

    • JJO

      EP Carrillos are made in the Dominican Republic. Bryan very rarely reviews Cuban cigars, and when he does, he is certain to mention it.

  • eric.hanson

    This one sounds like the antithesis of what I like in cigars. Thanks for the review, saved me some money.

  • ascrivner

    This review sort of slandered a really good stick. I smoke the Elencos all the time and it’s a great line. Recently quite a few EPC stick have been sort of squishy, most recently the SR 2013’s, which also are really good. Also it’s pronounced cah-rheee-yo not kah-rill-o. Love the reviews, nice work!

    +at least I wouldn’t have the commenters take the wrong impression about a very good and flavorful stick for the $$.

  • MaxDuo

    For some reason I really LOVE the band on this cigar.

    Leather is a flavor that interests me… but going to earth only in the middle kind of loses my interest… earth is ok but not the only one I want in a cigar. A shame, but oh well. Doesn’t sound bad, just not like what I want. I’d say I might try one for cheap if I had the chance and wasn’t sure about anything else… but you make it sound like I’d never manage to find it randomly and at a cheap, lucky price. That’s fine, not a heartbreaker. 🙂

  • Dirk

    I appreciate the review. However I think I will be passing on this stick. I am in the hunt for that perfect cheap cigar but regretfully will have to continue my quest.
    thanks again Byran

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