Posted by Jack | in Emilio Cigars | on 28 Feb 2013 | at 1:12 PM | 2919 views
After smoking the amazing La Musa Mousa by Emilio, and receiving a couple of nice messages from the extremely nice Gary Griffith himself about the review, I was stunned to get my hands on a sample from my pals at The Wharf of the Emilio AF1 Maduro.  I was actually giddy about it.  Gary does some terrific things and I am shocked I waited as long as I did to smoke it....a full week!  Let's get right to it.....
Construction: The AF1 is a rustic veiny affair with a nice oily sheen.
Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Dense rich tobacco with a load of sweetness.  The wide open and draw is perfect as you might expect.
Light and Burn: Nice crisp burn line with only a couple of cold spots that needed retouching.  Overall a solid performer.
Tasting: Starting off with a terrific spicy blast, the AF1 develops a smooth creamy profile with loads of wood and black coffee.  There are nice cocoa, leather, and earth flavors in the second third.  It's not overly complex but nicely consistent.  Into the final third I get a nice heavy cocoa sweetness that is just terrific.  It was a stretch putting this baby out.
Value: Like the La Musa, the AF1 will run you around $7 online.  For such a terrific maduro, it's well worth it.
Final Thoughts: I am officially a fan of Emilio Cigars.  Gary has come up with some terrific blends that are very unique.  This one, according to sources, was put together by A. J. Fernandez which explains the craftsmanship.  I can't wait to try a few more of Gary Griffith's wares!
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Strength: Medium to full
Size: 6 x 50
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