Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado
Size: 5.5 x 44 “Coronita”
Price: $8.44 by the box or single at Cigar Federation Store
Today we take a look at the Emilio Mia Dora from the House of Emilio.
The cigar was released in late October, 2014. And is a collaboration with A.J. Fernandez and made at his factory.
There are three sizes:
Coronita: 5.5 x 44 $8.44
Robusto: 5 x 50 $9.50
Toro: 6 x 50 $10.00
The name of the cigar is an homage to the Gary Griffith’s love, Dora Paoletti Lilly. The cigar band shows the little town of Ascoli Piceno where Dora was born.
I’m a big fan of all things Emilio. I’ve reviewed several of his blends and found them to be excellent boutique blends. The Emilio line is one of the most wallet friendly boutique brands out there. Most of his cigars can be had in the $6-$8 range with a few in the $10 range.
This Emilio Mia Dora has been resting 7 weeks in my humidor.
The wrapper is an oily rust brown color and is smooth to the touch. Seams are invisible. Very few veins, and a very nicely applied triple cap. It also has the distinction of being a dying breed: a perfectly round cigar.
I clip the cap and find aromas of spice, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, peach along the shaft, caramel, cedar, and leather. Pretty much your typical Nicaraguan aromas. (And flavors.)
Time to light up.
The draw is perfect. And the first flavors are black pepper and then transitions to red pepper, brown sugar, cream, orange zest, cinnamon, chocolate, cedar, graham cracker, cedar, earthiness and toasty.
So it seems we are not breaking any ground with the flavor profile. A lot of Nic blends have this identical start to the flavor profile.
The strength is an immediate medium body.
If you live along the East Coast, I hope this finds you safe and warm. Watching the news the last couple of days and it is just mind blowing what you people are going through. Meanwhile, Wisconsin is having an uncommonly mild winter. We had a dusting of snow the other day and that’s it.
Back to the Emilio Mia Dora.
The char line is the tiniest bit wavy but no touch up required.
An inch in, there is a smoky element that is a nice surprise.
The char line self corrects and is now razor sharp.
Within these early stages, the Emilio Mia Dora finds its first stage of complexity and balance.
I call the Emilio Mia Dora a very relaxing cigar. The strength doesn’t bowl you over. The spiciness is mild. There is a nice dessert quality. Overall, the blend is very pleasing to the palate.
I like that Gary Griffiths makes use of the Corona size. Even if he only produces three sizes as in the Emilio Mia Dora. He is a smart cookie. We all know that, generally speaking, a small cigar is a firecracker of flavors. You can keep the Gordo. There are exceptions of course but for me, it is just too much tobacco vs. wrapper.
The orange zest comes and goes as it pleases. The cocoa does the same. But it has only been a mild accent to the blend from the start.
I’m cranking Led Zep in the background. And mixing it with Van Morrison. Good pairing.
I was going to review the Drew Estate Smoking Monk Triple Belgian this morning but I chickened out. It would be very easy to become a laughing stock reviewing any of those blends aimed at matching with beer types; without the beer next to you while reviewing.
But I can say this. It is an amazing cigar with wonderful hops flavors. Plus some additional goodies. But I wouldn’t know a Triple Belgian from a Heineken. Not a beer drinker.
The second third begins and the cigar goes from easy going to a much bolder combination of flavors.
Man, the Emilio Mia Dora has really kicked into gear. I am trying to tone down the use of the phrase: Flavor Bomb, but that is exactly what the Emilio Mia Dora is right now.
It has a wonderful long finish. The earlier list hasn’t really changed that much so no need to clarify at this time. Just let me add that those flavors described are so pokey and punchy that it makes me think of knocking over a convenience store so I can buy a box.
The Emilio Mia Dora, besides having that Crème brûlée component; also has a white cake flavor to it. Vanilla was just added to the mix giving the Emilio Mia Dora a richer quality. Clearly, this is a multi-faceted flavor profile. I’m impressed.
And the orange zest hovers above it all like your daddy or mommy carefully dropping sprinkles on top of your ice cream.
The construction of the Emilio Mia Dora is impeccable. The char line is doing its own thing. No wrapper issues. And so far, the cap has held its own against the flood of Katman drool.
I reach the halfway point.
We are still at medium body. But I feel something at the back of my throat that warns me the cigar’s strength will raise a tick above medium.
I only have a few cigars left to review. Next week, I will be able to buy cigars but then I must wait for them to be delivered and then give them proper humidor time so I will be off the air for a while. My only salvation is that one of my readers promised to send me some sticks for review but that was well over a week ago and nothing has arrived yet. So he is my salvation. I’m not mentioning his name because if the cigars never arrive, I don’t want to embarrass him.
There is that delicious high premium taste to the cigar now. Only great cigars have this “It” factor that I can in no way describe. It can only be summarized by its complexity and the blending at work, I guess.
And, of course, I am a big AJ fan.
Here are the flavors as I pass the halfway point: Toasty, nutty, creamy, graham cracker, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange zest, brown sugar, vanilla, cedar, and very earthy.
The only odd thing about this blend is the lack of a strong chocolate flavor. It is almost unheard of in a Nicaraguan blend. That’s the winning component: No cocoa. Thereby, making stars of other flavors.
Chocolate can be very heavy handed in a blend. It can make it very difficult for the subtle nuanced elements to come through.
The last third begins.
The price point. The Emilio Mia Dora is an excellent cigar. But prices range from $8.44-$10.00. That’s a lot of dough. While I enjoyed the hell out of this blend, I can think of a lot of less expensive cigars just as good. The Curivari brand is a good example. So is Nica Rustica, Sosa blends, Fallen Angel, Ortega Serie D, and Brick House. You can go to “The Katman’s List of 121 Great Cigars in the $5.00-$6.50 Range” to find more cigars that are just as good. Even the Emilia AF Suave, Emilio Serie H Maduro, and the Emilio Serie H Sumatra are good and inexpensive. Nothing over $7.
As far as I know, the only place to buy the House of Emilio cigars is at the Cigar Federation Store. Otherwise, it is off to the local B & M for you.
The Emilio Mia Dora finishes perfectly. Medium in strength. No nicotine. Balanced and complex with a nice long finish. Would I purchase it again? If I was flush, the answer is yes. But for my own use, I tend to do my shopping at Cbid. I shop at CF when I want to treat myself or find new boutique brands for review.
If you really want to treat yourself to a great cigar from CF, try the Dante or Dante Vita Nova. Around $8.
And now for something completely different:
The record company had us touring. No band. Just Butch and me. Why? Because Eddie and the Monsters was Milli Vanilli.
All session players and me on bass. And a singer to pretend he was Butch. So we couldn’t play live which eventually hurt us.
But since Butch was already known as a child star, people came in droves to see him.
Butch had been out of the spotlight for years. Unlike now, where he makes a living going to washed up child star conventions and selling his crap and signing autographs for a fee.
We were in Chicago. And we had a morning radio show to be at. On WGN, I believe.
We talked before the two of them went on.
All Tork talked about was how much he hated the Monkees. How it stifled him. How he got pushed around. How he didn’t make enough money, etc.
It got a little tiring hearing him piss and moan. Meanwhile, his band listened attentively filling in like a Baptist chorus, “Right on brother. Yeah, baby, etc.”
They were called in and we listened to the hour interview in the “green room.”
And Tork took every opportunity to diss the Monkees. The DJ lapped it up. Meanwhile, Butch said nothing but nice things about his tenure on “The Munsters.”
One of the things that shocked me was when Butch told me how much he was paid for that show. Back in the 60’s, seasons were 40 shows long. And they did only two seasons.
He was paid $400 per show and no royalties. He made a total of $32,000. He had every right to be bitter. The only person on that show that got royalties was Herman (Fred Gwynne). He was a smart business man and demanded a cut of the earnings.
Tork didn’t make much more.
Both Tork’s band and Butch were booked to appear at an “in” club that night. Tork’s band played while Butch mingled with the crowd signing autographs. They did show our music rock video on a big screen they had.
I sat down when Tork’s band went on stage. They played a total of 10 songs. I was anxious to hear what a metal band playing behind folkie Peter Tork sounded like.
Well gol durn it. Of the 10 songs, 8 were Monkees’ songs. He hated the whole Monkees concept and there he was performing their songs. What a hypocrite. And the two metal songs they played were terrible.
Afterwards, Tork and I exchanged T shirts. I still have a few of the Eddie and the Monsters tees left. Occasionally, I sell a package of the 45 single, signed promo photo, DVD of the video and a tee shirt on Ebay. I haven’t done that in a while because they won’t really be worth any dough until he croaks. So I will leave all that to my daughter, Katie.
Butch had an alcohol problem. Coke was the only thing that kept him upright during his binges. And his appearances in clubs made it worse because everyone wanted to buy Butch Patrick a drink.
I usually had to drag him back to the hotel kicking and screaming.
To be continued…
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