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Maduro by Guayacan (House of Emilio)

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Price – Submitted by Emilio for review (Roughly $7.50/stick online)
Beverage – Bottled Water
Size – Toro (6 X 52)
Strength – Sly (3/4)
Rating – Rambo (7/10)

Composition:
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Criolo/Corojo seed

Our last stop on the Emilio tour brings us to the Maduro by Guayacan and we have now worked our way through all of the cigars generously submitted by Gary Griffith and House of Emilio for review. Here are my thoughts:

1) Excellent construction, great burn, and easy draw. The construction and draw really earned the Maduro some points.

2) This is a stout cigar, calling it a low-level Sly for me, could be a solid Sly for others.

3) Taste wise, there’s faint hints of coffee, but overall more of a peppery maduro

4) My smoke time was one hour and twenty minutes

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Yes – Renter status as a go to smoke

The Maduro was the first Guayacan that I’ve smoked and I found it well constructed, enjoyable, and can be procured at a very good price point. The competition within the maduro world is stiff and plentiful and often times purchases can be made based on price points and humidor make up. With that in mind, I feel that if you like the Leccia Luchador (which we certainly do), there’s a good chance that you will like the Guayacan Maduro.

We would like to thank the House of Emilio for submitting all of the samples for review, we thoroughly enjoyed smoking them!

Ruby by 1502 (House of Emilio)

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Price – Generously submitted for review by House of Emilio (Online retail approximately $7-8)
Beverage – Coca-Cola
Size – Box Pressed Toro (6 X 50)
Strength – Upper Level Demi (2.5/4)
Rating – Rambo (7/10)

Composition:

The only thing I was able to find on the 1502 website is that the Ruby has an Ecuadorian wrapper and some Nicaraguan tobacco under the hood.

I’ve probably killed the whole transportation thing and stopping at different Emilio destinations so we will just say that this is my first 1502 cigar. Here are my thoughts:

1) Good burn, easy draw, good construction. I smoked the Ruby down to my finger tips and did not have an issue.

2) I’m calling the Ruby an upper level Demi because I think this is a lower level medium-full cigar. However, I would venture to guess that some smokers might find the Ruby to be a more full body. If you’re looking for a knock me down cigar this is not it, but if you’re looking for a good stick with a little kick, the Ruby fits the bill.

3) Besides the impeccable construction, the flavors of the Ruby really impressed me. I found there to be notes of pepper, a touch of sweetness, and an almost cherry like flavor hit me at points for the lack of a better description.

4) My smoke time was one hour and fifteen minutes

Now to the two questions:

1) Would I smoke it again? Yes

2) Would I give it humidor space? Yes

After smoking the Ruby for the first time, I was left thinking that it wasn’t bad but I was not left with enough conviction for a definitive rating. The second time was the charm and I really enjoyed the flavor complexity and awesome construction. Although the Ruby wasn’t the best cigar that I’ve smoked out the Emilio portfolio thus far, it is certainly the most unique. All in all, I wouldn’t call these box worthy cigars, but at under $8/stick online they are worth having in the humidor.

Thank you Emilio!

S – 307 by Nomad (House of Emilio)

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Price – Submitted by House of Emilio for Review (Online $7-8)
Beverage – Dr. Pepper
Size – Box Pressed Robusto (5 X 50)
Strength – Demi (2/4)
Rating – Rambo (7/10)

Back of the baseball card info:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan

Our House of Emilio tour bus made a stop at the S-307 by Nomad for a taste test. This cigar company is owned by Fred Rewey and these are made out of the AJ Fernandez factory. Here are my thoughts:

1) Great construction, even burn, easy draw

2) I found this to be a solid medium cigar

3) In my opinion flavor complexity is really where the S-307 leaves its mark. I found this to be a very flavorful cigar and detected nuts, cocoa, and spice.

4) My smoke time was one hour

Now to the two questions:

1) Would I smoke it again? Yes

2) Would I give it humidor space? Yes

When you light up the S-307, there is no doubt that there’s some sort of AJ Fernandez link and I find the name Nomad to be appropriate for the brand in this case, as you move from flavor to flavor. I would recommend giving these a shot and keeping a few around for a good medium smoke with great flavor transitions at a fair price.

Thank you to House of Emilio for the sample!

AF2 by Emilio

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Price – Submitted for review by Emilio Cigars (Online Retail is approx $6-7)
Beverage – Dr. Pepper
Size – Toro (6 X 50)
Strength – Demi (2/4)
Rating – Rambo (7/10)

Composition:
Wrapper – Ecuadorean Habano Obscuro
Filler – Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania Ligero

We come to stop number three in our journey through a portion of the Emilio portfolio where we find ourselves learning about the AF2. The AF2 was blended by AJ Fernandez and based on the way it smoked, I was not surprised. Here are my thoughts:

1) Beautiful wrapper, good construction, good burn, and an easy draw

2) I’d call the strength an upper level Demi for myself, but could see this being a lower level Sly for a lot of folks.

3) I tasted a very unique spice in this cigar that I can’t quite put my finger on

4) My smoke time was one hour and ten minutes

Now to the two questions:

1) Would I smoke it again? Yes

2) Would I give it humidor space? Yes

Another solid blend by AJ Fernandez and a good cigar. The AF2 reminded me of other cigars blended by AJ including the Emilio Mia Dora, New World, San Lotano, and some of the Southern Draw offerings. I wouldn’t say the AF2 necessarily was on point taste wise with them, but the shades of AJ’s other blending feats was prevalent during the smoke. The value proposition with these is a factor as well, this is a damn good smoke for $6-7 and that took me from a borderline yes/no on humidor space to a solid yes. If you’re looking for a solid medium-full smoke at a great value, I would not hesitate to give the AF2 a shot.

Thank you to Emilio for the opportunity to review this cigar!

Eminence by Ezra Zion (Emilio Cigars)

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Price – Provided by Emilio Cigars for review (Retail – $9.95)
Beverage – Bottled Water
Size – Boxed Pressed Exquisito ( 6 1/2 X 54)
Strength – Sly (3/4)
Rating – Rocky IV (9/10)

We continue to make our way through some of the Emilio portfolio where we find ourselves with the Ezra Zion. I have been seeing these sticks popping up here and there and was definitely intrigued. Without further ado, here are my thoughts:

1) Beautiful San Andres maduro wrapper, this thing looks like a Hershey’s bar, you just want to bite into it. The burn required a few touch ups, but nothing crazy and the Ezra had a nice, easy draw.

2) Calling this a lower level Sly for most veteran smokers.

3) The Eminence is pure choclatey goodness. When possible I like to compare to other cigars so our readers have an idea on what to expect. I found the Eminence to be similar to the Crowned Heads Jericho Hill, Sindicato Maduro, and the Roma Craft Cromagnon Blockhead.

4) My smoke time was one hour and five minutes

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Yes, in fact I’m calling the Eminence box press exquisito box worthy.

As I was smoking this cigar, I texted Drew with “Damn dude, this thing is good”. Simply put, this cigar was right up my alley and I really enjoyed it. Good price point and great flavor, sign me up.

Thank you Gary for the opportunity to smoke the Ezra!

Mia Dora by Emilio Cigars

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Price – Compliments of Emilio Cigars (Retail $9.80)
Beverage – Dr. Pepper
Size – Toro (6 X 52)
Strength – Sly (3/4)
Rating – Expendables (8/10)

Over the course of the next few weeks we will be reviewing various offerings from the portfolio of Emilio Cigars. The Mia Dora is my first Emilio and here are my thoughts:

1) Beautiful wrapper with nice veins, excellent construction and easy draw.

2) Solid Sly on the strength, the Mia Dora is not a weak stick, but also not garbage can strong either. The Mia Dora was the perfect strength in terms of my personal preference.

3) The Mia Dora is a nice spicy stick in terms of taste with flavor transitions that keep you engaged and ready to see where it takes you.

4) My smoke time was one hour

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Yes

As previously mentioned, this was my first Emilio cigar and I really wasn’t sure what to expect. By the end of the smoke I was left extremely impressed and really enjoyed the experience. In my opinion, this is the type of cigar that fits perfectly into a rotation to serve as a stronger go to smoke. Good price point, damn good cigar, and I definitely recommend giving these a shot.

Thanks again to Emilio for gifting us this wonderful cigar!