Emilio AF Suave Cigars Are Smooth Tasting Premium SticksThe Emilio AF Suave cigars have been available for around a year, and are a conglomeration of some of the best talent in the industry. The brand, Emilio Cigars, started producing stogies in 2011, and its first three blends – the Grimalkin, AF1 and AF2 were all well received by aficionados. In addition to the company’s excellent track record thus far, this blend was crafted by one of the best in the field, A.J. Fernandez.

In 2010, Fernandez produced an Ecuadorian Connecticut known as the San Lotano Connecticut. Many aficionados considered it to be among the best Connecticuts ever created. According to most reviewers, the Emilio AF Suave cigars are an excellent follow-up to the Fernandez masterpiece.

The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade, the first in the brand’s line. It is light brown in color with some slight veining and is smooth but not oily.The binder and filler are a combination of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos, and the stick’s look is a bit understated for the quality.  The stogie is packed tight and has great heft, following the brand’s tradition of fine construction. There is a single band with the brand’s name in bold, slab-serif lettering. The banding is a simple and clean black and white.

It comes in four vitolas, including Robusto (5 x 50), Corona (5 1/2 x 44), Toro (6 x 50) and Torpedo (6 x 52). They are available in boxes of 20, but are getting bought up quickly, so a smoker’s best bet for finding them will be online.

The first third of the Emilio AF Suave cigars is spicy for a Connecticut shade, and reviewers also tasted cream, vanilla and dried fruit in the profile. The spice backs off shortly after starting, and by the end of the first third, it takes on a black pepper note. The mixture of cream, vanilla and dried fruit notes are all balanced well, and there is no single dominant flavor.

During the second third of the stogie, the vanilla and cream are the dominant tastes, though the dried fruit and black pepper are still present. Everything is still well balanced, and by the end of the second third, the dried fruit disappears. In the final third of the Emilio AF Suave cigars, a nutty flavor steps up to replace the dried fruit. The black pepper gets stronger close to the nub, and joins the rest of the notes as dominant in the last inch of the stogie.

The superb construction is confirmed in the stick’s strong burn and draw. The burn line is extremely sharp and reviewers didn’t need to touch it up for the most part. The draw is considered flawless by aficionados, and the ash is tight, white and doesn’t flake.

Emilio AF Suave cigars are one of the few smokes that are mild yet still robust. Reviewers found that the intensity ramped up close to medium by the end of the stick, but was still mild for the most part. The flavors are noted as being complex, which makes it a great stogie for any occasion. Many reviewers stated that they could smoke several without experiencing any harshness. Novices and experienced enthusiasts alike will find something they like in this well-made stick.


POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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