Tonight another gorgeous smoke by Emilio Cigars. The AF1 Toro. My first try of Emilio Cigars’ Series H Maduro Robusto was an absolute smoke of the year for me, so I couldn’t wait to give the AF1 a dance. Again it did not disappoint in the least so please read on.
The foot offered up some dark chocolate, pepper, and earthiness. Upon cutting the cap I sensed more of the same with the pre light draw. The construction was perfection from top to bottom. I truthfully noticed no imperfections, and very few veins. The cigar lit with no problems and I was ready to go.
The first third was extremely interesting. My first few puffs offered up a predominant taste of spice, with some dark chocolate, and earth in the background. The smoke was such a pleasing aroma and plenty of it. The burn was nice and even and the ash was a light grey and fantastically firm. So far it has been a solid medium-full body for me.
Into the second third and still enjoying it immensely. The pepper has subsided a bit and become more apparent in the finish on the pallet. The chocolate and earth are more dominant at this point with also a pleasant addition of a nutty flavor. The burn is consistent and the temperature of the cigar is perfect. Thus far it has been, for me, as intriguing as the Series H Maduro. I have to admit after having such a delightful first impression I didn’t think it could be repeated, I was happily wrong.
The final third greets me with more of an emphasis on the earth and chocolate. The pepper has pretty much faded into the rest of the flavors. The nutty flavor is still there, and like the Series H Maduro, all flavors are in perfect harmony with the rest. The temperature is still great and the burn is impeccable. I’ve tapped ash into my ashtray twice, (only for personal preference), yet I feel that it has held so firm after each ash that I may be able to have an anti-gravity contest should I want to. No problem in taking this baby to the absolute finish.
I can honestly say that the high standards that I understand are of total importance to Emilio Cigars’ Mr. Gary Griffith have shown true in these last two cigars I have smoked. Naming them in honor of Mr. A.J. Fernandez is also another highpoint to me, his master blending is evident in this line as well as his own. I can’t wait for the next! Always my friends I thank you for reading, and long ashes to all!