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Emilio AF1

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Thanks to Gary Griffith, owner of Emilio Cigars, for sending me some samples to try. The Emilio AF1 is named to honor of the man who blended and manufactured this cigar, A.J. Fernandez. AJ has had his hands in quite a few blends and brands. Google him, you’ve probably smoked a blend of his without realizing it. Anyway, enough rambling.


Wrapper: San Andreas Maduro

Binder & Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Robusto 5 x 50

Price: Around $7.50


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper was oily and toothy looking, but no major flaws were noticed. The wrapper had a mild bitter odor, while the foot reminded me of cocoa. The cigar was solidly and evenly packed. The draw had slight resistance, and a dark cocoa flavor on the pre-light draw.

The burn required one correction, and the ash held for about an inch.

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The first third started out with coffee and an easy, peppery spice. Wood and earthiness developed after the first inch or so. In sort order, the cigar took yet another turn. The smoke feel became thicker, and the focal point became cocoa and a peppery zing. This made for a nice, lingering aftertaste.

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Cocoa, coffee, and creaminess took over the second third. Pepper was especially noticeable through the nose. Thankfully, it wasn’t the kind that burns your face off (if you’re careful). Earthiness and wood lingered way in the background.

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The last third was focused on coffee and spicy pepper. Like before, it wasn’t your traditional black pepper. Cocoa was noticeable mainly in the lingering aftertaste. I can only describe it as rich and smooth. 1990 song reference, anyone? Anyone?

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This was a very good full bodied cigar. I may even have to say it was damn good. The changes in the first third alone would have kept me happy. Flavor, construction, complexities, and a slow burn made this a pleasure to smoke. The price point is easily met too. Keep your eyes open for the Emilio AF1. It is a must try.

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