2016 has been a big year for change at E.P. Carrillo as the company underwent a major overhaul of its portfolio and hired a new Senior Vice President in José Blanco. Now there is some more change coming as the company plans on making the previously limited production E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2016 a regular production offering. In addition, a second Short Run cigar, the E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2016 Nicaragua will also be made regular production. Details of this change were first reported to Cigar Insider on November 1st.
The company cited FDA regulatory costs as the reason as it makes more sense to file for FDA approval for a on-going offering as opposed to a limited offering.
The E.P. Carrillo Short Run Series was introduced in 2010. Since its inception, it has been a annual release that has been a one time limited production run. Each year, a new blend has been introduced into the series. For 2016, the company made some changes. For starters it introduced new packaging, which was a preview of what was to come with the new packaging introduced across the whole portfolio. The other change was that the Short Run was released in a single 6 x 52 Super Toro – as opposed to three sizes. An initial production run of 2,500 ten count boxes was made. Now the release will be on-going.
The blend for the E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2016 features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler. The filler is highlighted by Criollo 98 tobacco from the Somoto region of Nicaragua.
There is one other change. A second Short Run 2016 blend will also become a regular production release. The E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2016 Nicaragua will be released as well. As the name indicates, the Short Run 2016 Nicaragua will be an all-Nicaraguan blend – also available in a 6 x 52 size. The new Short Run 2016 Nicaragua will feature the same band as the regular Short Run 2016, but have a secondary band denoting “EDICIÓN NICARAGUA”.
Both the Short Run 2016 and Short Run 2016 Nicaragua will be available in ten count boxes.
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