Wednesday, February 26, 2014

AF-1 Robusto - Emilio Cigars

Over the past couple of years I have smoked several of these but have never quite had the time to do the quality review this AF-1 Robusto from Emilio Cigars deserves. I have been picking these up from time to time and and have a few of these floating around in my humidors. I'm not sure exactly where this cigar came from so I will give everyone credit,  BuckHead Cigars, Cigar Train, and House of Emilio.

Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 5  x 50 Robusto
  • Wrapper:  San Andres maduro
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Cutting Method: Xikar guillotine
  • Paired with: Diet Pepsi
  • Price: $6.75 from Cigar Train

AF-1 Robusto - Emilio Cigars
This cigar has been around for a while and like I mentioned earlier I've smoked quite a few AF-1's. Being familiar with this stick one thing really stands out; consistency.  Every AF-1 I've smoked has the same top-notch construction, a great burn and the same fantastic flavor mix.

Once out of the cellophane the AF-1 is a great looking cigar. The oily San Andres maduro wrapper is nearly vein free and it's rolled on with seamless skill. Testing the foot for aromas there are strong notes of cocoa and rich tobacco, these same notes are present in the firm but free cold draw.

After toasting the foot and lighting the cigar, the first two draws are a mix of black pepper and cocoa. After the initial black pepper is gone the flavor changes to a medium body mix of cocoa, tobacco and toast. As the burn progresses toward the cigar's mid point the cocoa notes change to more of a semi-sweet chocolate flavor. In the final half the flavor shifts to a mix of coffee, cream, chocolate and charcoal. This flavor mix is what I call "burnt mocha", and it's my all time favorite flavor mix, giving this cigar a long, flavor bomb finish.

If you like maduro wrapped cigars and haven't tried the AF-1 yet, I think you are really missing out on a great cigar!

Rated: 94

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