December 02, 2012
Emilio Cigars AF1 Robusto (5 x 50)
Video review HERE.
This is the final review from the samples Emilio Cigars sent me. This edition, the AF1, is a maduro cigar which has Nicaraguan fillers and a San Andres maduro wrapper. The cigar is very dark and has a nice feel to it. It is weighty in the hand. The density appears to be very good also.
The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. It had just a bit of firmness but it did not interfere with the draw. The initial flavors were coffee, earth, sweet cocoa, and a nice amount of pepper (6 rating). Nice start.
About 1/2 inch in the cigar had a little burn issue that I expect to self correct. The flavors did not change much. In order of what you can expect are coffee and earth right up front quickly followed by a sweet cocoa. The finish is a roasted almond with lingering pepper. The pepper is very good. The cigar feels medium to full bodied. You can detect the fullness in this cigar and I expect it may reach full bodied at some point.
At 1 1/2 inches in the burn evened out nicely. The ash was tight with very little splintering. The flavors are about the same but there is now a touch of richness in the cocoa. Also, there is now toffee mixed in the cocoa. The earth notes have decreased but the coffee is still strong. The pepper seems to be a little stronger. I'd rate it at a 7 now. The finish is now one of a cream with some lingering pepper.
At the band there were a few changes. The cocoa notes have lost a lot of their sweetness and richness and the toffee has disappeared. The earth notes are back along with the coffee. There also seem to be roasted almond notes on the front end that are subtle. The finish is a toasted cream now and there is still nice lingering pepper.
At the end some of the richness in the cocoa returned in small amounts. The earth notes decreased again and the coffee notes really came out. The pepper remained at a 7. The finish remained one of a toasted cream and lingering pepper. The cigar ended up full bodied. The burn was good throughout after the initial light up. The richness in this cigar built to the midpoint but then dropped off and came back at the end. I enjoyed the cocoa notes a lot. I enjoyed this cigar and I thank the Emilio Cigars company for sending these for me to review. Look for them in selected shops nationwide.