Cigar Reviews

EP Carrillo Short Run 2012

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Finding time between the hustle and bustle of my work-life, I was able to find a few moments during a gorgeous Sunday afternoon to sit down and enjoy EP Carrillo’s newest offering, the NWC Short Run 2012.

EP Carrillo Short Run 2012

The Good Stuff: In some articles I’ve read they call this the NWC Short Run 2012, in others simple the Short Run 2012, either way you look at it, it’s the same cigar, with the same basic name. The name “Short Run” obviously implies that this cigar will only be available as a limited release. EP Carrillo has released a “Short Run” cigar each year since his separation from La Gloria Cubana, despite theory going around that there would not be one released this year. The Short Run 2012 is actually a Frankenstein blend composed of characteristics of two other EP Carrillo blends. The Short Run 2012 starts out with the same, Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper that he used in the New Wave Connecticut while the Connecticut Broadleaf binder and Nicaraguan/Dominican fillers are the same ones that he used in the Core Line Maduro. The Short Run 2012 will come in 3 different sizes: Exquisitos (4 7/8 x 50,) Invictos (5 7/8 x 52), and the Reinados (6 1/4 x 60). The cigars will ranger from $6.30 – $8.60 and there will only be 1000 boxes of 24 of each vitola released later on this month. These samples were graciously sent over to us by the EPC team.

Size:  4 7/8 x 50  –  Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut  –  Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf  –  Filler: Nicaraguan/Dominican

EP Carrillo Short Run 2012

Prelight: Where to start with this EP Carrillo NWC Short Run 2012. The Wrapper, as is the standard New Wave Connecticut, is a very rustic, mean looking Connecticut. Instead of the standard smooth, and consistent light brown, the Short Run carries a very inconsistent, spotty, medium brown with lighter spots. The wrapper is very smooth and oily, sporting only a single, smaller vein towards the cigar’s round, triple cap. The Short Run in general is very soft and a bit spongy around the foot. The Short Run 2012 also carries the same white, yellow, red and gold band as the New Wave Connecticut only with the addition of a slim secondary white and gold band with the words “Short Run” and “2012” embossed on it. I have to say, I absolutely love EP Carrillo’s bands. They are smooth, simple, and elegant.

EP Carrillo Short Run 2012

Moving on to the Aroma the wrapper of the Short Run is very timid, only showing my a very light tobacco and cedar aroma while the foot of the cigar boasts of strong spice, and lots of earthy tones. The cap cut easy, and not so clean using my double bladed Palio cutter. I think I just missed the filler mark, or my cutter is getting dull cause there was all sorts of mess under that cap. Either way, more than likely my fault and not anything that will hinder the experience at all. The cold draw lets loose this crazy deep, woodsy, sweetness. Something I wasn’t expecting from a Connecticut wrapped cigar.

EP Carrillo Short Run 2012

First Smoke: The EP Carrillo Short Run 2012 started out with just a dash of pepper which faded after the first few puffs while the smoked transcended into a much sweeter, chocolate-filled malt, cedar, and nutmeg. It’s a very interesting mash-up of flavor. The draw is spot on, pumping out huge, HUGE clouds of thick white smoke with every puff. The Short Run 2012 gives off a whole ton of thick, cedar scented stationary smoke as well. It’s seriously just fountaining off smoke as it sits in my ashtray. The burnline started out a bit crazy, but started to correct itself leaving behind only a few larger waves, and a flaky white and dark grey ash. The ash held on for an inch before falling into my ashtray.

EP Carrillo Short Run 2012

Halfway There: Early into this second third of this EP Carrillo Short Run 2012 the flavors really started to blend together and smooth out. I didn’t think that the Broadleaf binder and filler would marry up as well as it did to the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, but that just proves that I know nothing about tobacco. I am still getting the great sweetness, chocolate, nutmeg, and even some cashew from the inner tobacco while the wrapper is laying a nice subtle cedar and honey over the filler flavors. The retrohale is really smooth coating only with a nice, smooth cedar and spice. The burnline has since corrected itself 100% and I am feeling absolutely no nicotine from this smoke.

EP Carrillo Short Run 2012

Finish: If I had to list a complaint about this cigar, there would be one. And it’s just my pet peeve. There was way too much glue on the bands. Sometimes this doesn’t matter, but in the case of the delicate wrapper on the Short Run 2012 the glue actually tore the hell out of the wrapper when I tried to take the band off of the cigar. Not only did the main band do it, but the small secondary band as well. This happened on two of the three samples I had. Anyways. It didn’t really hinder the experience though. Since it was merely the wrapper, the binder stayed in tact letting the smoke flow smoothly through the cigar. The flavors stayed much the same as the second third, chocolate, nut, honey, cedar, and spice. The main changeup was just how incredibly smooth this cigar finished. I was able to take this cigar down to the nub with no harshness before I even realized just how fast I was smoking it. It took me a little over an hour to take this robusto down, and I felt absolutely no nicotine at all. If anything, I had a little buzz from the beer I decided to pair it with.

EP Carrillo Short Run 2012

Overview: Obviously, EP Carrillo produced yet another notch in his already filled book of winning. The Short Run 2012 is a great experience, and even a nice departure from the standard New Wave Connecticut producing a smoother, more full cigar. Does it lapse the New Wave Connecticut? Not in my book. I hold that cigar pretty high, and although it’s a totally different cigar, I couldn’t help but compare the two. The Short Run is sweeter, and has more body, but those are two characteristics I don’t look for in a Connecticut. This is an amazing cigar, but I truly think I liked the New Wave Connecticut a lot more. Now in comparison to other Connecticut wrapped cigars, the Short Run 2012 blows the doors off of 90% of them. If you are a Connecticut fan, you will fall in love with this cigar. Get them while you can.

EP Carrillo Short Run 2012

Pairing: I’ve been holding onto this beer for a few months, waiting for the perfect cigar to pair it with. Luckily I found it. Pairing with EP Carrillo’s Short Run 2012 I reached deep into my beer stash and grabbed my last bottle of Samuel Adams Infinium 2011. This beer was created as an interesting experiment alongside one of my favorite German breweries, Weihenstephan, the oldest Brewery in the world. Brewed under the “Reinheitsgebot” or “German Purity Law” of 1516, Infinium is a Champagne style ale brewed using only the following ingredients: Water, Barely, Yeast and Hops. Although this law is no longer in effect, many, if not most of the German Breweries still abide by it, brining their brews to a whole new level. Infinium is a 10.3% powerhouse, that tastes nothing like it has that much alcohol. In fact, the beer is very sweet, fruity, and smooth carrying some awesome notes of orange, lemon, cinnamon, and berry. Again, any smooth or sweet beer pairs perfectly with the New Wave Connecticut blends.

EP Carrillo Short Run 2012 with Samuel Adams Infinium

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.


  1. Jay

    February 20, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Thanks for the review. Did you smoke all 3 ? Where is your preference ? Invictos, for me, was a sweet spot.

    • Tony Casas

      February 20, 2012 at 9:30 am

      I did! Sadly, I smoked the Invictos at a lounge where there was way more people smoking than there should have been, so I probably didn’t enjoy that one as much as I should have. I still liked it better than the Reinados, but the Exquisitos in this case, was my format of choice. I will probably pick up a few more of the Invictos when I see them around so that I can give them a fair chance.

  2. TADD

    February 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Damn sounds pretty awesome. I will try to see if I can find these locally. I think my local B&M said they had come and gone… But I can always hold out hope….

    Nice review!

    • Tony Casas

      February 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      I expect the shelves to start getting plenty of action from this blend and real soon man!

  3. Peter Glad

    February 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Great review, I have these sitting on my desk, now I want to fire one up. Infinium is a great brew too, I have part of a case still at my house and break them out to really impress people, especially those who think Budweiser is a gold standard beer.

    Peter G

    • Tony Casas

      February 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      hahaah! I’m sure that teaches them! and a case? My local shop only git a case in total 🙁 I took 3 bottles and would have taken more, but I wanted to make sure anyone else got to enjoy them too! I have a hard time tracking good brews down here sometimes, but I do my best. Let us know your thoughts when you fire up!

      • Peter Glad

        February 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        I’m lucky, a friend’s family owns a liquor store and will order me whole cases on request (with more reasonable mark up than normal) as a result any limited edition I’m enjoy I just grab a case. I have a few from Dogfish Head, couple from Sam, plus a couple European crafts.

        • Tony Casas

          February 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

          lucky man! We will have to keep an eye out on your site so we can all be jealous of your selections together 🙂

  4. Sean

    February 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I hate that you put up a review this early! Now I have to sit here at work daydreaming about this cigar.
    But seriously, I don’t think Ernesto has put out anything less than great. The 2011 short run was my least favorite, but still good nonetheless. Looks like I’ll be searching around for the 2012 though. Great review and great pictures as always. Thanks Tony!

    • Tony Casas

      February 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      haha! You know what though, there have already been small, and few reports of shops getting a few of these early! Just keep on the look out bro. I too think Ernesto has just been on a tare with all his lines, hell if when he was with LGC! Thanks for the read and the kind words!

  5. jjo

    February 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Well, I’ll definitely have to run a couple of these down. It sounds like it would be best going into it not thinking of it as a Connecticut, but something else entirely.

    The band/glue thing is a pet peeve of mine as well, especially after spending many years in the printing business. Attention to the small details, like using coated paper, lower tack glue, and proper technique, can make a big difference in the experience.

    Great review, as always.

    • Tony Casas

      February 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Exactly, go in there open minded and you will be blown away man.

  6. czerbe

    February 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Great Review Tony, I love all of the EPC lines that I have had so far, the NW are a great cigar and really changed the face of Connies in my opinion. I will hopefully track a couple of these down. Great beer paring.

    • Tony Casas

      February 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks Corey. I too have been a huge fan of everything he has done lately, and I think I can speak for Daniel and say that he has as well. The NWC is among maybe 2 Connies that I have had in my lifetime that have actually impressed me. Take that for what it is though, I’m not a connie fan at all.

  7. Swede214

    February 20, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Love those EP Carrillo cigars, looking forward to the Short Run 2012.

  8. bigdaddyrick

    March 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Have one as I type. Great review on a fantastic cigar. These are more inline with his original Short Run and everyone in cigar land better grab a bunch…they are that good.

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