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Cigar Review: Emilio Cigars AF1 Robusto

Emilio Cigars AF1 Robusto




Emilio Cigars releases into general production the AF1 and AF2, hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

This is the first release of this line since the collaboration between Emilio Cigars and Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) was announced in January.

The artwork and blending for these cigars has been done by James Brown.

James Brown, owner of BLTC and Fabrica Oveja Negra, stated, “I am very excited to have these cigars hitting the market.

The AF1 & AF2 are classics that have been given the Oveja Negra makeover in appearance and flavor.



Emilio AF1 Available Sizes:

  • Robusto: 5 x 50
  • Toro: 6 x 50
  • Grand Toro: 6 x 58



Emilio Cigars is a brand with old school roots and new school attitude.

With an eclectic portfolio, Emilio is sure to have something for everyone.





The Mexican San Andrés wrapper is oily and dark with a slight marbeling effect, almost seamless with minimal tooth and visible vein.

Firmly packed at 5 x 50 it’s rolled in the Robusto format with a wide open circular foot and a triple rounded cap.

One band sits on the AF1, if you straighten it, it’s square on one side and rounded on the other.

Colored in light blue with white lined accents it has a large “E” signifying “EMILIO CIGARS” in black with a silver outline.

Behind reads “Side” in white cursive with “AFI” in silver font.

The rounded portion of the band represents a black vinyl record.

Outlined in silver it reads “EMILIO” and “Side” in white font with “AF1” in silver. Below reads “Estelí Nicaragua” in white cursive on a black background.

Pre-light aroma had notes of malted chocolate, currant and dark fruit.

The cold draw produced flavors of light cinnamon, leather spice, salt and cedar.







An aroma of rich campfire off the toasted foot.

Immediate flavors of bitter orange peel.

The blend takes a few minutes to settle in producing flavors of chocolate, espresso, cedar char with a generous complement of black pepper.

The background profile adds floral into the mix with an aftertaste of malted chocolate.

MED white pepper on the retro-hale with a continuous affect of chocolate and floral.




In the second half a myriad of chocolate emerges within the AF1 with heavy doses of dark peppered chocolate, mocha and espresso.

The background continues with floral notes producing a malted chocolate aftertaste on every draw.

A slight decrease on the retro-hale with MILD-MED white pepper and a finish of milk chocolate.




Heading into the final third the heavy doses of chocolate have tapered down losing most of its sweetness and turning slightly bitter or raw.

Light coffee, nougat and creamy leather have appeared as the blend transitions down with no identifiable black pepper spice that was present in the first and second half of the vitola.

Floral remains consistent in the background with a raw chocolate aftertaste.

The retro-hale has also lost a bit of strength with MILD white pepper producing a finish of light creamy chocolate.




• CONSTRUCTION: Firmly packed the construction of the AF1 was solid! No palpable soft spots, cracks or blemishes.


• BURN: Consistent combustion throughout. The burn-line was slightly crooked but self corrected in the final third on the cigar used for media on the review.


• ASH: The salt and pepper colored ash was compact and held an inch before tapping off.


• CUT: All three examples were v-cut.


• DRAW: Wide open with minimal resistance.


• RE-LIGHTS: Zero during active smoking.


• FIRE: JetLine triple torch lighter.


• STRENGTH: MED-PLUS in the first and second half transitioning down to MILD-MED in the final third.




The AF1 was quick out of the gate with a ton of chocolate, espresso and a generous dose of black pepper in the first and second portion of the cigar.

The background profile remained predominantly floral with an accompanying chocolate aftertaste.

The final third saw the vitola transition down significantly losing all identifiable spice with the chocolate flavors turning bitter or raw!

A recommended try, the vitola would have scored much higher if the strength profile would have remained consistent as the first and second stages, loosing most of its pop in the final third.

Overall it was not a bad cigar just a little under my particular wheelhouse in strength.





Cigar reviewed: Emilio AF1

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 87

Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaraguan 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Production: Regular

Box count: 20

MSRP: $9.50

Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra

News source: Emilio Cigars, BLTC Press release

Photos by: Cigar Smoke


Toar Campbell

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