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REVIEW | E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series Don Rubino
Don Rubino
91
points
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
50
50
Medium-Full
Medium-Full
Don Rubino
Top 25 of 2012 | Rank: 22

Tasting Note: When one considers Brazilian wrapper, dark, rustic- looking cover leaf often comes to mind. But this isn’t the case for the less common Cuban-seed Brazilian tobacco. It’s not quite as dark or gritty in appearance and isn’t always easy to procure, which is why the E. P. Carrillo Elencos series is such a limited-production cigar. The blend uses no Ecuadoran Sumatra at all. This is unusual for brand owner Ernesto Perez-Carrillo who admits an affinity for Sumatra tobacco and uses it in many of his blends. A production run of only 50,000 cigars in total means that the Don Rubino might be a bit of a challenge to locate. The word elencos is Spanish for “cast” as in a play or movie. When asked what or who Don Rubino is, Perez-Carrillo says “It’s just a name that I came up with.” Perhaps, but it’s also the name of a great cigar.

  • Body: Medium-Full
  • Size: Robusto
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Length: 5 1/4"

  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Brazil
  • Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Jan 01, 2013
  • Price: $9.50


More Reviews of This Cigar

Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 2012
Score: 91
A dark cigar that is firm to the touch and draws evenly. It's rich and bold with a foundation of coffee bean flavor and savory leather notes. Sweet, nuttiness emerges on the finish.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
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