This cigar was bombed to me in person by a Redditor named LostAbbott while I was traveling to Seattle.
Careful scent examination and I picked up barnyard and hay and a scent that reminded me of tobacco curing barns.
The Core Line Club 52 is 5-7/8" x 52 Toro. The wrapper is a mottled dark brown. My cigar had a slightly uneven foot with no other construction issues present.
My initial impressions were an intense combination of sweetness and spice. After about 15 seconds or so some pepper comes through and lingers on the lips. The pepper strength is fairly mild. As I settle into the first third I start to get some coffee undertones and creaminess. I'm picking up some savory flavors on the wrapper and as an aftertaste on the exhale at the 15 minute mark.
Nice smooth chocolate flavor as I move into the middle third. Some spicy flavor starts at the middle point without any pepper. I also picked up a hint of earthy aftertaste on the tongue. As I progressed through the middle third the earth becomes the dominant flavor with the chocolate as only a background flavor at the end of the draw.
The last third is an interesting combination of creamy and earthy. I'm not a big fan of earthy flavors and I didn't find the the two were complimenting each other very well. There's a sweet after taste at the end of each draw. As I progressed I started to get a bit of bitterness on the tip of my tongue.
A nice even burn from start to finish. No touch ups were necessary. I had no complaints about the draw, I found it to be in the ideal zone. Total smoking time was approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
The Core Line Maduro Club 52 is available as singles for $6 - $7. 5 packs are around the $32 mark. A box of 20 will cost you $100 - $115. I find the pricing on these to be a really great value.
The E.P. Carrillo Core line Maduro Club 52 is a very tasty smoke. Although there were some flavors in the last third that I wasn't particularly fond of, I enjoyed the cigar as a whole. The pricing makes this a solid buy for more cigar aficionados and I'd highly recommend you try a few for yourself.