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Friday, February 17, 2012
Emilio Cigars AF2 BMF Review
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan, Pennsylvania Ligero
Price: $8.00 - $9.00
It is not very often that I get to enjoy some boutique cigars because there aren’t many shops in my area that carry a large selection of them. Well a few months ago my local shop, The Smoking Dog, got them in. When the area rep was in there, he gave me a few samples to try out and review. Shortly after I met him, I reviewed the Emilio AF1, now after some time I needed to review the AF2.
The medium brown wrapper looks absolutely flawless. The wrapper is very smooth with only a couple very thin veins running through it. The cigar is very solid with not a single soft spot at all. There are two layers to the cap, both of which lay perfectly flush. There is also a great chocolate and earth smell coming off of this cigar as well.
If you are familiar with the AF1, just remember that this cigar is completely different. This cigar started off very sweet, and very earthy. The smoke was actually very smooth and creamy right away. After the first few puffs, the spice comes out and adds to the earthiness. Then some nice coffee notes come out and add a whole new twist to the flavor profile.
By about an inch of the way in, there was a slight nuttiness that came out. Just after I started picking up on the nuttiness, the spiciness started to change. Instead of the spice being mainly pepper, now there was a little bit of cinnamon as well. The cinnamon sat on the tip of my tongue while the pepper sat on the back. As the first third came to a close, there were some notes of toast that came out.
As this cigar rounded into the second third there was a little bit more spice that came out. Even though there was more spice, the flavors were still very smooth and creamy. Also the toast notes started to pick up and add more to the flavor profile. By the time this cigar got to the halfway point, the woodiness really picked up, as did the earthiness.
As this cigar moved into the last third the pepper notes coated my mouth and the cinnamon was gone. The cigar remained very woody and earthy throughout the finish. There was also a little bit of that bitter coffee flavor on the finish, but it wasn’t a huge contributor to the flavor. The finish was very good and very full of flavor.
The ash on this cigar held on for about two inches at a time and was a light to medium gray. The burn pattern had a little bit of canoeing, but it wasn’t that bad because it was easily corrected. The draw was very easy and produced a good amount of white smoke. The smoke also gave off a spicy and earthy aroma.
Now that I have tried multiple cigars from Emilio, I can say that I have never been disappointed. The AF1, AF2, and Grimalkin are all great sticks. If you see them in your local shop, please give them a try. If you are in the South New Jersey area, stop into The Smoking Dog in Maple Shade, NJ. and pick up a few. They have them all. This cigar easily gets a 8.25 out of 10 in my book.