November 23, 2012
Emilio Cigars AF2 Toro (6 x 50)
Video review HERE.
Emilio Cigars use different cigar manufacturers to make their cigars. This cigar is made and blended by A. J. Fernandez, who makes the San Lotano brand. The letters "AF" refer to A. J. Fernandez. This cigar has an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan filler with Pennsylvania ligero.
It is a dark brown and feels dense in the hand.
After cutting the cap the test draw was good. The initial flavors were black pepper, coffee, and sweet cedar. Nice start.
At the 1/2 inch point the flavors are about like they started; sweet cedar, nutmeg, coffee, and earth. The black pepper is about a 7 on my scale. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The finish is a cream with some lingering black pepper. The ash is a standard salt and pepper in color. The sweetness at this early point is not as intense as it was at light up. It is just over mediocre at this point. The cigar would be considered balanced as you get all the flavors described in equal amounts.
At the 1 1/4 inch point the ash is ready to fall. The flavors have changed, however. The initial flavors are nutmeg and dry cinnamon with subtle cedar. The pepper remains the same, as well as the coffee and earth. The finish has not changed either.
About 2 1/2 inches in the sweetness in the spice has gone. You still have the dry cinnamon, nutmeg, and cedar but there is no sweetness in them at this point. In fact, there is more sweetness on the finish than on the initial spice. For me, that was not a good change. Perhaps it will return later.
The cigar made very little change from the midpoint to the end. Now the flavors are dry cinnamon and cedar are the main players along with the earth notes. Not only did the sweetness leave the cigar, the coffee notes also left. In fact, the earth may be more intense than the other flavors. The finish is a mediocre sweet cream with some lingering black pepper. The cigar ended up medium to full bodied.
The cigar started out amazing. I loved the initial flavors of sweet cedar and pepper. When the cigar lost it's sweetness it took a big turn in the wrong direction. I hoped it would return but it didn't. The flavors you are left with are nice but they needed sweetness and richness to make it a great cigar for me.