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Emilio Cigars Carpe Noctem


I was able to meet with Gary at IPCPR2014 and he introduced me to his newest cigar, which was more than 2yrs in the making. Available in 3 sizes (Robusto, Toro, and 60) and produced in the A.J. Fernandez facilities. This wrapper is a deep dark brown broadleaf. The scent of sweet tobacco and espresso emanate from the wrapper. A double band on this cigar. Foot has “Emilio Cigars” and the other band has “Carpe Noctem” (Latin for “Seize the Night”) across a Celtic cross with a night landscape. The cold draw has a nice spicy cayenne kick mixed with cocoa.

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Emilio Cigars Series H


Brand: Emilio Cigars

Wrapper: Jamastran (Honduran) Ligero Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan & Costa Rican

Filler: Nicaraguan & Costa Rican

Strength: Medium-Full

Size: Robusto 5.5 x 50

Price: $7.00


The Emilio Series H Maduro comes from Nicaragua and gets the H from its Honduran wrapper. The wrapper is a mix of dark brown and light brown swirled in and is extremely pleasing to the eye. With very strong visible leaf lines it just draws you in. The wrapper has a sweet raisin like smell to it that combines with a natural tobacco finish. I really like the elegance of the band on this cigar, with its gold border and a red floral vine pattern on the back. The cold draw had a pepper that sticks to the tongue and holds.

Emilio Cigars Series H Maduro
Emilio Cigars Series H Maduro
First puffs– The cigar starts with a rich pepper and cocoa mix. There is also a nice wood note that is under the other flavors. The draw is clean and open with a solid burn.
First third– The pepper has mellowed out almost being gone and I’m getting a bunch of smooth cocoa and some cashew as well. Cocoa is still present as well. The draw is great but the burn is a bit uneven now.

Emilio Cigars Series H Maduro Smoked

Second third– During the transition it is bringing more of the wood notes paired with the cocoa, nut, and the taste of some ground coffee. Draw is really easy going and I burned the edge to even the draw back to normal and back on track now. The smoke production is medium.
Final third– Pepper and cocoa return to the front of the flavor profile. Coffee and cashew follow and bring a really nice creaminess to this cigar.

Emilio Cigars Series H nub

Overall a really enjoyable cigar that highlights the quality that cocoa and coffee notes bring to the mix of a cigar. As a Maduro I found it to be on the lighter end thus making this a fantastic entry level Maduro for newer smokers out there. For the price you cant beat the smokabilty and flavor.


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American Boutique Cigar Manufacturers Association


From the blog of Emilio Cigars, Gary Griffith has posted some fantastic news that I personally hope comes to fruition. The introduction of a boutique cigar association can only help the industry and cigar smokers alike.

“Last weekend at the DC Tweetup the idea of a Boutique Cigar Manufacturers Association came up, and I instantly knew the House of Emilio would be on board.

A more formal announcement will come in a few weeks, but in the interim I’d like to invite small manufacturers to contact me to gauge interest.

Our purpose will be to demonstrate to our elected representatives that we are American small businesses, and to garner support in that way.

Obviously this whole idea is in its infancy, and going forward we will be able to more clearly define our purpose as more and more of our fellow passionate brand owners come on board.

My best wishes to all my fellow manufacturers in the industry. Let’s hear from those interested, and get the ball rolling.

Gary Griffith”

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Emilio Cigars AF2


Brand: Emilio Cigars

Wrapper: Ecuadoran Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua, Pennsylvania Ligero

Strength: Medium – Full

Size: Toro 6.0 x 50

Price: $6.50


Produced and blended by legendary craftsman A.J. Fernandez in in Esteli, Nicaragua with Emilio Cigars, we get the AF2. Second cigar in this line with A.J. Fernandez, presents a beautiful Ecuadoran Habano oscuro wrapper that entices the onlooker. The wrapper is very classic with clean lines along with some dark blemishes. The cigar has a sweet tobacco with faint spice scent that is extremely pleasing. That carries over to the cold draw, the spice comes through quite a bit more though. As far as the band goes, it’s simple, very simple. Straight to the point with name and cigar type on a copper background.

First puffs– I get a strong pepper hit that is paired with a creamy dark chocolate that really carries the pepper well and delivers a flavor punch. The draw is pretty tight, but I find most toro’s are.

Emilio Cigars AF2 Smoked

First third– This is a flavor bomb of a cigar. The chocolate is just oozing out of this along with deep leather and and I pick up some molasses as well. Really enjoyable flavor combinations so far. I find the draw to still be a little tighter than normal, but it is not limiting smoke production, it is flowing.
Second third– Now mellowing out and leveling to a nice creamy smooth smoke. Spices are picking up while the chocolate and so caramel like flavor is introduced. The construction is amazing and is producing a fantastic clean ash. The draw is improved, loosened to a nice medium level.

Emilio Cigars AF2 mid

Final third– The flavor profile remains the same but becomes stronger. Each flavor takes turns showcasing what it can do. Still creamy and delicious. Draw is great along with smoke production

Overall a really enjoyable cigar that is jam packed with flavors. I found the opening of this cigar to be among the best I have ever had. Even though this has been out for a few years, I highly suggest revisiting this cigar and give it a chance, you will not be disappointed at all. I have found Emilio Cigars to produce some of the best constructed pure flavor cigars on the market today. Grab a few and stock your humidor, enjoy the full flavors that are provided in the AF2.

To find out more visit Emilio Cigars and twitter @EmilioCigars

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