Cigar Review: Emilio Cigars Grimalkin Halloween Edition

Emilio Cigars Grimalkin Halloween Edition

 

 

 

Fall is in the air and Emilio Cigars got into the Halloween spirit with a limited special release called The Grimalkin Halloween edition. Making its first appearance at the 2018 IPCPR in Las Vegas NV, it’s packaged in a special edition orange box containing 25 cigars that’s sure to become a collectors item.

The special edition Grimalkins come in costume for this release covered in a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler.

The original Grimalkin was initially launched in 2011 and became a breakout hit for Emilio cigars. Now, the brand has enlisted James Brown at Fabrica Oveja Negra to re-launch the blend for 2018.

The regular production Grimalkin comes with a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper and is distributed by Boutiques Unified.

 

 

Grimalkin Halloween Edition Packaging, Photo By: Cigar Smoke 

 

 

Available Production Sizes: 

  • Toro: 6 x 50
  • Robusto: 5 x 50
  • Robusto Halloween Edition: 5 x 50

 

 

We spoke with Benjamin Holt Reginal Sales Manager for Boutiques Unified, he told Cigar Smoke “With the success we had with Grimalkin earlier in the year we wanted to do something more with the line.

Like the Grimalkin, the Halloween Edition is a Nica puro, but with a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper. The difference will definitely be noticed in the flavor. This shows how much a change in one component can change the whole dynamics of that cigar.

As with all other recent Emilio releases, this one is blended by James Brown & produced out of Oveja Negra in a limited quantity of 300 boxes. This is just the latest in the changes that are coming from Emilio & more will be coming in the future”.

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper is a dark shade of chocolate with an oily sheen. Offered in special edition orange boxes it measures 5 x 50, rolled in the Robusto format with a wide open foot and a triple rounded cap. Visual inspection shows minimal tooth and seam with notable vein.

One band sits on the cigar, colored in light green on a silver foil background is a skull of a Grimalkin (Domestic Cat) Shakespeare’s “Greymalkin” literally means “Grey Cat”. Along the sides reads “Grimalkin” and “Emilio” in spooky font, its a perfect connotation for a Halloween themed cigar.

One thing worth mentioning is the similar look between the regular production Grimalkin and the Halloween edition, perhaps next year the bands can be switched to orange or to something dissimilar so it’s a bit easier to differentiate between the two cigars.

Pre-light aroma had an abundance of chocolate off the foot, chocolate brownies, sweet cedar and vanilla bean. The cold draw produced flavors of sweet dried fruit, cocoa and mild leather spice.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

An aroma of chocolate and cedar off the toasted foot. Initial flavors of orange peel and char.

Once the blend settles in there are flavors of raw cocoa with a distinct leather bite.

Background flavors of raw walnuts and anise.

The spicy element is minimal with a mild black table pepper dusting in edition to a consistent leather bite.

FULL white pepper on the retro evolving into nuances of chocolate.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

At the halfway point the Halloween Edition Grimalkin has transitioned into the chocolate bomb that was present in the pre-light aroma.

Flavors of chocolate mocha, milk chocolate, cocoa and creamy nougat are on point and easily identifiable.

A background profile of mild leather and walnuts are giving the vitola enough of a bite in the absence of any identifiable spicy element.

The retro is producing a generous amount of clean white pepper evolving into flavors of chocolate for a long and balanced finish.

 

 

 

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third are consistent flavors of creamy cocoa, milk chocolate and nougat emanating from the Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper.

What a difference a leaf makes, adding the right amount of sweetness to the Nicaraguan Puro.

The background profile of walnuts and leather are keeping the Halloween Grimalkin at MEDIUM Plus with an absence of any identifiable pepper noted at first light, however the retro has been consistent with clean white pepper through the nose with evolving flavors of cocoa and vanilla bean creating a long and complex balanced finish.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Construction was solid on the Emilio Halloween Grimalkin. The wrapper had consistent color with no palpable soft spots or blemishes.

 

• BURN: Two examples had a razor sharp burn line with a thick carbon line, barley visible with the darker color of the Maduro wrapper. The other two examples had a slightly uneven and or wavy burn line in spots. Both self corrected in the final third.

 

• ASH: A lighter shade of grey the ash was solid at the burn line but loosened up as the cigar progressed holding about an inch.

 

• CUT: V cut all 4 examples.

 

DRAW: all 4 examples had the perfect amount of milkshake type resistance. The aroma of chocolate was abundant in thick plumes of creamy white smoke.

 

• RE LIGHTS: Zero active re-lights with consistent combustion. While compiling notes and media for review the 3rd vitola sat for and required a few controlled Re-lights.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch grenade.

 

• STRENGTH: MEDIUM PLUS with a myriad of chocolate flavors.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

Forget about candy this Halloween, the Nicaraguan Maduro produced enough chocolate flavors to keep you satisfied without the guilt of counting calories.

The debate over which component changes the characteristics of a cigar is clearly identifiable in the Grimalkin Halloween edition.

Swapping out the Nicaraguan Habano on the regular production Grimalkin for a Nicaraguan Maduro gave the blend an impressive improvement of identifiable flavors adding to the over all complexity and body of the seasonal cigar producing an extra long sweet and balanced finish.

 

 



Cigar reviewed: Emilio Cigars Grimalkin Halloween Edition

Cigars for review: Purchased (Box)

Cigars smoked for review: 4

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro

Binder: Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaraguan

Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra.

Production: 300 Boxes

Box count: 25

Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
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