Cigar Aficionado

E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series Don Rubino
Don Rubino
91
points
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
50 50
Medium-Full
Medium-Full
Tasting Note
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.
Body Medium-Full
Size Robusto
Ring Gauge 50
Length 5 1/4"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Dominican Republic
Wrapper Brazil
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Oct 01, 2012
Price $9.50
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2013 | Score: 91

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.

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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