A smoke that is heavy on the umami.

I normally do not review the same brand cigar twice in a row, however after yesterday’s less than glowing review of the E. P. Carrillo Ecantos Natural I was determined to demonstrate the true power of the E. P. Carrillo line of cigars. Therefore today I will be reviewing the E. P. Carrillo Short Run Dominates and that is exactly what this cigar does… it dominates! This E.P. Carrillo cigar weighs in at a whopping 6 1/4 x 60! The cigar simply feels like a beast resting in your hand and after cutting and taking the pre-light draw you will get a heaping helping of pure umami, that unmistakable savory flavor that’s hard to describe but you know it when you taste it.

When you light this “bad boy” up you will fall in love at first puff. The draw is perfect, the smoke output is fantastic and the flavors smack you with luxury. This cigar has a savory, “meaty” flavor, it’s that umami that I mentioned earlier. The flavors I noticed the most were a nutty oak, with complex hints of spices of all sorts. This cigar has a complex flavor that kept me intrigued for the entire smoke which lasted about an hour and 45 minutes. The burn was great until the very end when it did need a minor “touchup” but I have absolutely no complaints about the construction. The cigar has a natural Habano wrapper of Ecuadorian origin. I would say this is a medium bodied cigar but has a fairly strong kick to it in the nicotine department.

I paired this cigar with a White Russion and it seemed to be the perfect combination of sweet and salty. There is no doubt that this cigar was one of my favorites and I would love to hear your thoughts if you have tried a E.P. Carrillo Short Run Dominates.



E.P. Carrillo Short Run Dominates
Appearance88%
Burn/Construction90%
Draw90%
Flavor95%
Complexity92%
Price/Value86%
Pros
  • Savory flavor
  • Complex
  • Long Burn
Cons
  • Touchups required
  • Large ring gauge
90%Dominates
Reader Rating: (2 Votes)
89%
  • I have, I like the exquitos better I think it just compacts the flavor, I found the big too flat for my palate. I really really like the exquitos though

    • That’s good to know Tom. There are times I don’t like a ginormous cigar and other times (like last) night when I want to have a long, long, smoke.

      And you are right about compacting flavors.

      What are some of your most favorite cigars?

      • There are so many good cigars and because of the research I have done I tend to be very lucky, I have only had 5-10 boring or bad cigars and half of those were sampler pack throw ins that I had a feeling might not cut it. I also tend to have a medium to full body palate, I find the lighter bodied cigars to be blah or haylike is how I explain it when someone asks.

        In the same flavor or palate as the short run 2012 my favorites would be The Berlin wall, Ghurka Royal Challenge, and the short run 2012.

        A little fuller body The undercrown, San Lotano Oval, Alec bradley Prensado. Fuente Magnum R

        a little more knock you out cigar the cain F 550

        My absolute favorite at this time is the Liga Privada #9

        but anyone offers any of the above I will gladly partake
        and I am willing to try anything once to see if it works for me and if there is a question I will go back and revisit it to be sure.