Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Size: 5.5 x 44 “Corona”
Price: $6.90 (At Cigar Federation discount of 15% = $5.87)
Today we take a look at the Emilio AF Suave Corona.
I’ve smoked a couple prior to the review and was very pleased with the blend.
Basically, you can’t go wrong with any cigar under the umbrella of either Emilio Cigars or House of Emilio. The man, Gary Griffith, knows how to pick ‘em.
This is the third release of the AF series. And at the helm of the blending duties is AJ Fernandez.
The cigar comes in 5 sizes in 20 count boxes:
Robusto (5×50), Toro (6×50), Torpedo (6×52), Corona (5.5×44), and Churchill (7×48). The price range is $6.90-$7.90. By most factors, an affordable boutique blend.
My corona is a beautiful stick. Smooth as silk. Almost no veins. Invisible seams, a triple cap that is a tad sloppy, and perfectly round. And solid as the rock of Gibraltar. With the proper amount of give to the touch.
I clip the cap and find aromas of hay, spice, cedar, exotic spices, nutty, toasty, honey, cream, and graham cracker.
Time to light up.
The first puffs are very sweet. There is sugar cane, cream, brown sugar, honey, graham cracker, sweet cedar, and a black pepper that is slowly building. There is a nice leather element that offsets the overabundance of sweetness. The nuttiness and toastiness jump in to help balance the flavors.
Mind you, this is only occurred in the first quarter of an inch. All of the cigars I’ve been reviewing as of late, I received the first few days of December. So there has been very little humidor time.
I have a bunch of mid-priced sticks in a humidor that I only smoke in emergencies or when mooches appear in a burst of smoke and lightning. I don’t like them because the pizazz is completely gone due to the long rest period of 5-8 months in my humidor. Not much left after that period of time.
Especially, for a $7 cigar. They mellow out completely. I have a couple La Bombas that have been reduced to no spiciness, no oomph, and medium bodied. Mellow yellow.
You ever read the section in Cigar Aficionado where Marvin Shankman gets his hands on some 50-70 year old cigars and rates them? This is such a farce to me. You let a cigar mellow that long and I don’t care how good it was to start with, it is barely a husk of its former self. I know. I’ve smoked a couple really old cigars and they were super mild and near flavorless.
Where was I before the rant? Yes. The Emilio AF Suave has a perfect razor sharp burn line. Haven’t seen one of those in a while.
Flavors grab their knees and do a cannonball. Just Whoosh!
Creaminess and graham cracker are in front of the wagon train. Right behind are black pepper, caramel, vanilla, nuttiness, honey, and leather.
I don’t taste a lot of the earthiness that occurs in some cigars. It is mostly a kitchen sink flavor bomb of a cigar.
The Emilio AF Suave’s strength is indeed mild bodied. But the massive illusion caused by the ginormous flavor profile fools you into thinking it is strong. This is the first mild bodied cigar I’ve liked. Of course, this is based on the memory of an old man about to turn 65. Now what the hell did I have for breakfast yesterday? I have no friggin idea.
Caramel, creaminess, vanilla, and graham cracker are the bold and beautiful. The spice has completely dissipated leaving a shadow of itself shuddering in the corner of the room.
I am very impressed with the construction of the Emilio AF Suave. The char line is perfect. There are no wrapper issues. And that triple cap seems to be able to withstand the worst torture imaginable.
A fruit note appears. Can’t tell what it is yet. It is a bit tart and sweet at the same time. Could be dried fruit. A savory woodiness appears for the first time. It’s like licking an oak tree.
The fruit is trying to disguise itself. And speaking of dangling berries, the ash was over 1-1/2” long and I was going for it until it went for me. Bam. Right in the boxers. And on my camera dangling from my neck.
It is almost pineapple. Almost lemon. Ahh. I’ve got it. Dried pineapple. Living in So Cal, anytime we took the two hour drive to Palm Springs, we always stopped at Hadley’s Fruit Orchard. Tour buses would stop there. This was a super market of fresh fruit and dried nuts and dried fruit of every type imaginable. Its specialty of course, is the date. Best date shakes in the world. Every time we stopped, as a kid, I begged for a package of dried pineapple. I still have a strong muscle memory of that flavor.
While the House of Emilio calls this a mild cigar, it is most definitely medium bodied near the halfway point.
What are those vanilla cookies called? Damn. Had to look it up. Nilla Wafers. That’s it. And that’s how strong the vanilla element is. Add a creamy buttery taste and it’s dead nuts.
I’m at the halfway point.
Flavors are now perfectly balanced. The finish is long. And the flavors find their complexity. It is a mish mosh of luscious flavors all spinning around like the rinse cycle of your washing machine.
The price point. Couldn’t ask for better for the Corona. A perfect example that a spectacular cigar need not cost $12. If I were a rich man, I could see easily putting the Emilio AF Suave into my regular rotation. The cigar is as smooth as a bowling ball.
Nuance, character, balance, finish, and freshness of flavors make this a winner blend.
I’ve decided, that if all possible, to stick with purchasing Coronas (5.5 x 46). Of all the sizes, this one has the most intense flavor experience.
Of course, certain limited editions come in one size only but then there is great focus on that cigar utilizing the size to make that blend an ultimate in flavor experience.
Flavor Bomb 3.0.
Flavors are as bold as humanly possible. And looking at the cigar, and in the photos, the wrapper is so perfect that it looks like it is a painting.
The last third begins.
I know that the cigars of late that I have reviewed, for the most part, have been out for a year or two. But being a cigar industry outcast, it is hard to keep up when most cigars come out of my wallet. But the actual factor is that most of these cigars were first available in B & M’s. And there is not a decent cigar store in Milwaukee. Not one. How can a city only 90 miles from Chicago be so barren?
So I have to wait like everyone else. And then some depending on my financials.
I do have one trick up my sleeve: Google algorithms. I did some heavy research about a year ago on how to get your blog post on the first page of any search engine out there. I figured it out and even if I have written a review a year or two after everyone else has, I still end up on that first page; or even better: The top 10. So, in the end, it doesn’t matter when I write my review. Tricky Dick, huh?
This is one of those cigar experiences you don’t want to end. The mildness of the cigar deprives you of any harshness, bitterness, and heat.
And once again, I prefer to smoke a cigar leaving you wanting more rather than wondering when the hell is it going to end?
I applaud Gary Griffith for his skill for picking blends. And for his acumen of picking the perfect boutique brands to distribute that only enhance his reputation.
And lastly, I am a loyal AJ fan. So Charlie H., you don’t have to post a comment telling once again how you hate AJ. We get it.
I highly recommend the Emilio AF Suave.
Go to Cigar Federation and snag some. And I do believe that for the month of December, their discount is 15% if you use the coupon code: fedheadsanta15.
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