COVERING YOUR ASH: E.P. CARRILLO INCH SHORT RUN 2014

E.P. Carrillo has updated the big-ring gauge Inch line that he introduced a couple of years ago, incorporating a Corojo wrapper and binder. For those who are fond of the Corojo leaf – and that includes me – this is enticing news. And something worth investigating, even if large ring gauge cigars seem a little excessive.

CIGAR STATS: The Inch Short Run features Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobacco and Nicaraguan Corojo binder enclosed in a Dominican Corojo wrapper. It’s available in three sizes: No. 60 (5.875 x 60), No. 62 (5 x 62), and No. 64 (6.25 x 64). As noted above, these are big sticks. I smoked the No. 62 for this review.

APPEARANCE: This has nothing to do with the smoke itself, but the Inch still has the coolest band in the business, a reproduction of an old-school woodworking ruler. The cigar sports a dark brown wrapper with a couple of noticeable veins, and is a little soft to the touch. All in all, it’s an appealing sight.

THE SMOKE: As for the smoke, the Inch falls squarely in the mid-range of body and strength. Upon first lighting it, there is quite a bit of pepper and spice, but the sweetness of the Corojo wrapper soon comes to the fore. About a third of the way into the smoke, notes of wood and a bit of nut take over, and they stay for the rest of the way. It’s a pleasant combination, if not real complex. One issue I encountered was a bit of an uneven burn, perhaps the result of trying to light such a large surface on a windy day. But after a touch-up or two at about the mid-point, the burn evened out nicely. The draw was very smooth and the ash a bit loose.

VERDICT: E.P. Carrillo has been producing quality smokes for some time now, and the Inch Short Run 2014 is worthy of the brand name. Carve out some time – a good 90 minutes or so – on a nice day and give this stick a try. For more information on the Inch Short Run 2014 or the entire line of E.P. Carrillo cigars, visit: www.epcarrillo.com  – Brian Coyne

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