An Emilio La Musa Cigar is the renamed Grimalkin that was tremendously popular in 2011.The Emilio La Musa cigar is a rebranding of Emilio Cigars’ Grimalkin, which was one of the first blends released by the brand. The brand’s creator, Gary Griffith, stated that he believed the original name and theme were needlessly confusing. This line will feature four blends – the original Grimalkin, renamed La Musa (English for “the Muse”), Melete, Aoide and Mneme. The final three blends are named after the original Greek muses, and the brand’s aesthetics will further promote the Greek theme.

While the name may have changed, the blend in the Emilio La Musa cigar hasn’t. This is a good thing, as the Grimalkin was on Top 10 lists for nearly every industry publication in 2011. It is available in four vitolas, including Robusto, Toro, Torpedo and Corona Gorda. The wrapper, binder and filler are all from Nicaraguan plants. The wrapper is a milk chocolate brown Habano Rosado, and has some medium veins visible. Even though it is a little spongy when squeezed, the stick is free of any soft spots. It is dry to the touch and has a good weight in the hand. The band has been changed from the Grimalkin, and is now white and gold with Greek lettering spelling out the name of the stogie.

The burn and draw are both good on the Emilio La Musa cigar, though the burn line has been known to get a little wayward at times. Most reviewers considered it only a minor annoyance that did not impact the taste in any way.

The first third of the Emilio La Musa cigar is sweet. Reviewers detected cedar, cinnamon and raisins in the flavor profile, and pepper on the retrohale. The notes are all well balanced and no one taste dominates the profile. At the outset, most aficionados consider it a mild smoke, though trending more toward medium in strength. The second third is even sweeter as a creamy flavor takes hold. The raisin taste gradually changes into a graham cracker-like sweetness, but is secondary to the cream note. There are several secondary layers in the background, including earth, chocolate, coffee and cedar. There isn’t much spice, though there is a slight black peppery punch on the retro hale. The stick is medium strength in the second third, and is still getting stronger.

The final third of the Emilio La Musa cigar is similar to the second third, though there are a few minor differences. Some reviewers detected a taste of popcorn briefly and the cedar is no longer apparent in the profile. The stick finishes off medium in strength, but it does get rather close to full.

This stogie is expertly crafted and is remarkable in its consistency. Aficionados found that the range of flavors held true from stick to stick, with very little variance. This is great for the smoker, because the flavors are well balanced and are complex enough to intrigue all experience levels. Even though the flavors are robust, they aren’t overwhelming and they ramp up in strength slowly, making it novice friendly.

Gary Griffith likes to run a lot of limited releases and is in the midst of preparing several new blends for the brand. Aficionados who want to try this Nicaraguan puro will need to grab them before they are no longer produced.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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