E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2013 Robusto | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Dominican Piloto Cubano
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican
Size: 4.875 x 50 “Robusto”
Body: Medium
Price: $6.75 ($2.99 on the CI Clearance Page)
Number of Cigars Smoked Prior to Review: 9
Accompanying Libation: Tequila shots




Today we take a look at the E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2013 Robusto.

The reason I am reviewing this cigar is twofold. First, it isn’t in my catalog of reviews. And second, it is on sale at Cigar International’s Clearance sales. Instead of $6.75 each, you can get a 10 pack for $29.93; or $2.99 each.

The E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2013 Robusto was released in April, 2013.
The cigars were produced at Tabacalera La Alianza S.A.
1500 boxes of each size were produced. There are three sizes.
This is the fourth in a series starting in 2010.
The reviews of this blend were all rave reviews. The cigar scored very highly with everyone. Making the deal of less than $3.00 each a real deal.

A very rustic looking cigar. Big veins. Little veins. Sloppy cap. But tight seams. Smooth wrapper. The wrapper is russet brown in color. The double cigar bands have become a trademark for most Carrillo blends.

The shaft puts out aromas of sweet cedar spice, citrus, wood, and sweetness.
The clipped cap and foot provide aromas of earthiness, wood, barnyard, chocolate, spice, cinnamon, and leather.
The cold draw notes are sweetness, earthiness, citrus, spice, cedar, and leather.

The E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2013 Robusto is available in the same three sizes that is has been since its debut in 2010:
Robusto: 4.875 x 50 $6.50
Corona Gorda: 5.875 x 52 $7.67
Double Robusto: 6.25 x 60 $7.88
Mind you, these are current prices at CI. But not the Clearance Prices. Click on “Clearance” to find the highly discounted page of the same cigars.

The draw is perfect. Big dollops of spiciness and earthy tobacco.
It immediately hits medium body.

There is a malted sweetness that alternates with a nougat sweetness. The E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2013 hits the 40 in 4.4 seconds. It is complex from the get go thanks to the extended aging of some big box humidor warehouse.
I have a 2012 version I should review. This was a gift. I will have to do some research to see if it is available.
The cigar has the potential of becoming super flavorful and very complex.

The wrapper is extremely fragile and delicate. I dry boxed it for 24 hours prior to review. Might have been a mistake.
Not being very liquid since retirement, I find the chance to allow a cigar to humi rest for 2-3 years is out of the question. It appears that a well aged Carrillo is a completely different animal from one aged only a few months.

Here they are: Creaminess, spice, caramel, nougat, sweetness, fruit (A touch of orange citrus and pineapple), leather, earthiness, and warm bread.

The E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2013 Robusto is a warm cozy blend. I’m sure it has mellowed since its release.
The blend settles into a light medium body. It is quite delicious. Flavors are subtle and nuanced until I sip some water. It is like igniting dynamite.
The ash has flowered quite a bit.
And there is a rip in the wrapper near the cap. There is nothing I can do about the wrapper tear. And then I realize that it is a sizeable rip so I grab my glue and let it rest for a few minutes waiting for the glue to do its job.
I have actually smoked all 9 of the 10 pack. Not a single one had the issues I’m having today. I gotta do a Karma check.

Floral notes appear. As well as honey elements. Creaminess and caramel make a big surge.
I read a couple big guy reviewers on this cigar and it clearly reminds me that in the rush to be the first on the block with a review, not enough humidor time was accorded to the cigar because the description of the flavor profile is sorely lacking.

But in their defense, I’ve noticed that in the last year they now have the good sense to let a cigar rest properly before writing it up. Once you’ve figured out Google algorithms, you got it sussed. You always end up on the first page of any reviewed cigar no matter how long after the other reviews were posted. Took me two days to figure this out.

If I rush a review it is because I’ve got very little to review and I must write. Write or die.

A sip of water and caramel, orange citrus, pineapple, sweetness, spice, creaminess and chocolate come rushing to cover my palate.
None of these flavors were reported in the timely reviews. But the A List reviewers have their backs against the wall. They can’t wait 2 years to review a cigar. I do have empathy for their predicament.

A song just came on by Strawberry Alarm Clock with their only hit in 1967: “Incense and Peppermints.”
As my recording empire came crashing down in 1984, I managed a very good band that worked all the time. I was cut in as a 4th member and we traveled a lot. It got my mind off what had happened with the empire.
The bass player was in that group in 1967. I always wondered why the group had two bassists. Each time I saw them on Shindig, I remember asking that question.
Well, Chris told me that the original bassist was terrible and they added him to play and record. But the other bassist was a good friend and the group didn’t want to get rid of him so he got to be on stage playing with his amp turned down to 1.

The E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2013 Robusto is complex and makes for a lovely first cigar of the day or with your morning coffee. At these prices, I am going to snag another 10 pack when I get my social security next Wednesday.
The glue did its job and the cap is just fine.

This is the sweet spot. Flavor explosion. No longer subtle and nuanced. Big flavors!
Same list as earlier but right in your face.
The spice is now a pepper blast.

I have one cigar left. It is the E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012. It too was a gift. If the 2013 was so good, imagine what another year of aging did. Tomorrow.

I’ve not been a big Carrillo fan except for a few blends. I can’t stand the INCH. Now there is a blend that needs 2 years. I loved the La Historia. And the Cardinal Series. And the E Stunner wasn’t bad.
What I really like about Carrillo is his lack of greed. His cigars are all affordable. Most blends are in the $7-$9 range with the exception of the E.P. Carrillo Edición Limitada 2013 which went for $15.00.
While there has been a flavor explosion, the strength remains at classic medium body.

It is a nice change up to smoke and review a cigar first thing in the morning that doesn’t require me wearing a football helmet to break the fall when I pass out from nicotine and power.
The E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2013 Robusto is smooth, baby, smooth.
Here they are one last time: Creaminess, caramel, spice, chocolate, warm bread, fruit, leather, graham cracker, and earthiness.
This is a dual purpose cigar blend. Experienced palates will appreciate the flavor profile and newbies will get a taste of something that isn’t too strong and a learning device for your palate.

Follow my earlier link and you will be rewarded by only paying $2.99 instead of $6.75.
That’s a killer deal and I have was as wealthy as my buddy, Rick Tunstall, I’d buy 10 ten packs. This deal can’t go on forever.

I’m guessing the reason that the E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2013 Robusto is still available is due to smokers becoming tired of waiting for the cigars to mature.

Clearly, this is a cigar that should be your first one of the day. I smoked up the entire 10 pack and they didn’t taste like this one. Why? Because I’m a chain smoker and eventually your palate becomes crispy and ignorant of subtle nuanced flavors.
The only other way to enjoy this cigar to the fullest is smoke no more than two cigars in one day with a large gap between the two.

I’m just blown away at how good this cigar blend is. It is nothing like those early reviews. They missed out on all the great flavors that age portends.
My wonderful readers have sent me cigars on occasion. And always exceptionally aged. While I have reviewed most of them already, there are always a few gems that I reviewed.

I highly recommend the E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2013 Robusto. Don’t delay snagging a 10 pack or two at CI.
Look for tomorrow’s review of the E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012.

And now for something completely different:
1965 ~ Tel Aviv, Israel


I was 15. My grandfather took me to Israel and Europe for the summer. I had never left the country before this and getting those outdated typhus and cholera injections every Friday for 5 weeks was awful. I spent the whole weekend in bed.
First stop: Tel Aviv.

Man, it was HOT! Arizona hot. Palm Springs hot. And to make it even worse: Humid!
We were right on the Mediterranean Sea.

Kirk Douglas, Angie Dickinson, Yul Brynner, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, and Topol were all in town for the filming of the historical drama, “Cast a Giant Shadow.”

This is the summary of the movie: “An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. He is disturbed by this sudden appeal to his Jewish roots. Each of Israel’s Arab neighbors has vowed to invade the poorly prepared country as soon as partition is granted. He is made commander of the Israeli forces just before the war begins.”

I have photos of all this but in some box in the basement.

We saw Yul Brynner speak at our hotel on the patio. We saw John Wayne and Sinatra at a bar.

And the best part…We were visiting the pre-opening of the Museum of the Holocaust. It was weeks away but allowing tourists to get a free look. It was an enormous setting with several buildings.

110° outside and no shade. The buildings did not have running air conditioning yet. I was on a synagogue tour of about 50-60 people. Five of us were teens. So we hung out with each other and did everything together.

None of us were used to the heat. There were vendors selling cold drinks. Coke and Pepsi had not yet landed in Israel yet and the only sodas available were the local stuff. There was this lemon lime stuff that tasted a little like 7-Up. So that’s what the vendors called it.

We were sweating like pigs. We were beginning to suffer from heat exhaustion. Stupidly, we told our parents or, in my case, my grandfather that we would stay longer and find our own way back to the hotel.

Now what are the odds of this? None of us had any money on us. Not an Israeli penny.

There were plenty of water fountains and none of them had been hooked up yet. Same in the bathrooms.

We were standing together stressing out when one of the group pointed a finger and said, “Look. There is Kirk Douglas.”
Well, shit. It was. He stood with a group of people. One of our group said we should approach him and ask to borrow a few Israeli Pounds so we could buy some sodas.

We all froze and then I made my move. I walked up to the group and interrupted them.

“Mr. Douglas…” I told him our sad story and how we were fellow Americans. I even promised him that we would pay him back. He laughed.

Without blinking an eye, he handed me a wad of dough and told us to go have a good time. We each bought two bottles of “7-Up” and slung them down like thirsty camels.
We had enough money to get something to eat from a vendor and then figured we had to get out of there. We took a bus back to the hotel.

We told our story to the group and no one believed us.

It was a fun month touring Israel. I got mugged once by Arab kids. We rode a boat on the Sea of Galilee, We saw buildings that were thousands of years old, and had two life threatening experiences.

The first was being rocked out of our beds at the King David hotel by explosives in the lobby. And at the Gaza Strip, some Palestinian terrorists tried to sneak across the border. We stood next to our tour bus as the Israeli Defense Forces opened fire into brushy weeds and turned them red with blood.

It was also the first time I had a girlfriend. Her name was Frieda and was Polish/American. Her parents spent time at Auschwitz and survived and then moved to America where they became rich by owning a swanky apartment building in Beverly Hills.

(Frieda and I standing atop the Eiffel Tower):

I had my first make out session. And I copped my first feel. And it was caught on a dozen movie cameras as it took place in the back of the tour bus.

Young people should see the world, or at least a part of it. But even with high tensions in Israel and Europe in the 1960’s, it was nothing like today where carrying an American passport could mean your death if caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
That’s a shame.

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