Cigar Reviews

Emilios Cigar AF1 BMF

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I am braving the weeks of 100 plus heat, and 118 days of NO PRECIPITATION (it actually rained for the first time the day after I wrote up this review, you guys are good luck) to bring you another gigantic sized cigar review!  Today’s review is one I know little of, It’s Emilio’s AF1 BMF.

Emilio Cigar AF1

I can only assume BMF stands for Big Mutha F******R, but I could be totally wrong. Maybe it stands for Baby Mouth Feet? Bob’s Math Fundraiser? Bad Mommy Foundation?! Whatever it is, I trust one of my better-educated readers might be able to fill in the blanks for me. (Blanks Must be Filled?)

The Good Stuff: I was contacted by a twitter buddy of mine Ryan (@revjava) who is in cahoots with Gary Griffith over at Delaware Cigars. Emilio Cigars (@EmilioCigar) is Gary’s brain-child and is a new cigar company starting to make a name for itself. The AF1 is the first blend released by Emilio Cigars. For the AF1, Gary teamed up with the infamous AJ Fernandez and spent over 2 years perfecting his ideal blend. Due to the extreme grasp on quality, the AF1 is limited in production and may often see restrictions on supply. These cigars run for about $7.50 a cigar. Not bad for the size.  The one thing that caught my attention right away was AJ and Gary’s decision to use a San Andreas born Mexican tobacco for the wrapper. I can probably count the number of manufacturers using this Mexican wrapper on one hand, and all of them are just ridiculously tasty. So, is this just another run of the mill cigar company that will put out a single cigar then raise white flags? Or, is Emilio Cigars destined for greatness? Let’s find out.

Size: 6 x 58  –  Wrapper: San Andreas Mexican  –  Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan

Emilio Cigar AF1

Prelight: It’s impossible to overlook just how ridiculously dark the wrapper on the Emilio’s AF1 is. It’s such a dark brown that is almost black. The wrapper is incredibly toothy, and shows really no larger veins throughout the entire thick body of this big ass cigar. The top of the AF1 is capped out with a nice, round double cap that blends in so flawlessly with the cigar that it was hard to even see where the body ends and where the cap begins. The cigar feels a lot lighter than I expected with its large stature, but is extremely tough, and shows no signs of soft spots when squeezed. I’m really impressed with the pre-light construction on this cigar. It almost looks fake, like a plastic prop used in a movie.

Emilio Cigar AF1

The wrapper gives off this massive, pungent, barnyard and leather aroma and surprisingly the foot has a nice spice and oats type aroma. This should be an interesting mixture once lit up. The cap cut a lot easier than I thought it was going to, based on the thickness, and toughness of the wrapper. The cold draw shockingly didn’t give off a lot of flavor. All I was really able to pull from it was the oaty, almost bread tasting flavor that matched the aroma I got from the foot of the cigar, but even that was very faint and hard to pull out.

Emilio Cigar AF1

First Smoke: After being robbed from what I thought was going to be a glorious cold draw, the AF1 delivers big with a just blast of flavor right off the bat. The Mexican wrapper is just delicious. Emilio’s AF1 starts off very smooth with no pepper, a really nice chocolate and fruit flavor paired with a bit of honey and some spice on the after taste. The draw on this thing is perfect kicking out a mouth full of thick smoke after only the first or second draw. This cigar really doesn’t emit a lot of stationary smoke, but you can let it rest quite a while without it going out on ya.  The stationary smoke really smells like a melted chocolate bar or dare I say smores? The burnline is dead even from the start leaving behind a tightly compacted white, and light grey ash that held on for an inch and a half before falling into my ashtray.

Emilio Cigar AF1

Halfway There: What a flavor bomb this AF1 is! The wrapper is really taking off as well as the cigar. Introducing the second third is this huge ramp up in more chocolate/coffee flavors paired with some nice dark fruit, and just a dash of spice. The retrohale leaves you with a nice woodsy, chocolate priming. Very smooth. The burnline is still rocking even, and the body of this cigar isn’t really effecting me at all yet. It’s more medium than anything at this point. Really creamy and smooth.

Emilio Cigar AF1

Finish: The flavors began to mellow out a bit, but not in a bad way. The leading contender is still this really nice chocolate flavor with coffee and spice backing it up. The body of the cigar encountered a nice little kick, but not enough to put it over the edge. It still isn’t a really powerful cigar, but instead maintains a great balance of flavor and strength. Despite the huge size of this cigar it still only took me about an hour and forty five minutes to take down. It didn’t smoke fast, I just really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the fact that there wasn’t any harshness build up into the home stretch of the AF1. Finished nice and smooth.

Emilio Cigar AF1

Overview: What can I say? AJ Fernandez nailed it, as he often does. This is another perfect example of using the Mexican wrapper correctly. EO Brands hit the nail on the head when they used it on the Murcielago, Tatuaje  hit home a run with the Face, Ashton owned it with the the La Aroma de Cuba, and now Emilio’s Cigars and AJ Fernandez kicked out another Mexican wrapped winner. Honestly, I didn’t know what to think going into these cigars. I didn’t know much about the cigar, nor the blend. So many new cigar manufacturers are popping up and I figured this was just another one of them. Needless to say I am VERY impressed. All their hard work paid off and I am VERY interested in what the future holds for Emilio. The price is spot on for this cigar as it’s definitely something I would smoke again, and very box worthy.

Emilio Cigar AF1

Pairing: Just look at the wrapper on this cigar. Who wouldn’t want to pair this thing with a nice, deep, thick stout? That’s exactly what I did. Reaching way back in my fridge I stumbled across a favorite beer of mine. Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout. Samuel Smith’s oatmeal stout comes from the UK and is brewed at the Samuel Smith Old Brewery Tadcaster. The oatmeal stout is a very heft, malty chocolate/berry mixture with a smooth, creamy, coffee finish. At a modest 5% ABV this beer is the perfect pairing and blends seamlessly with almost identical flavors from the Emilio AF1. The only other pairings that really stand out in my mind with this cigar would be some warm creamed coffee, a hefty strong porter, or maybe some Dr. Pepper.

Emilio Cigar AF1

Along with the AF1, Gary sent over the new blend due out this month, the Grimalkin. I try not to do back to back reviews often, but would this be something you guys would like to see reviewed next week? Leave me a comment and let me know!


Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.


  1. CigarCraig

    June 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I really liked the two samples I reviewed, and will buy some more the next chance I get. I live less than an hour from some of Gary’s stores and have to make a point of visiting him as both cigars I’ve tried from him have been outstanding. I love the dark, lush flavors of the Emilio. Loved your review of the BMF, and I concur with your original presumption, because it is a Big Mother F***er in size as well as flavor!

  2. Tony Casas

    June 2, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Thanks Craig! Glad I got confirmation there. 🙂 I hadn’t really touched base with Gary, it’s all been third party. But from what everyone says he is just an all around great guy, with a great “little” cigar on his hands.

  3. Tadd

    June 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Sounds tasty…. Will need to look into these for sure. Nice review… You got me drooling for one…

  4. Tony Casas

    June 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Ha Ha I’m drooling as I re-read this thing. It was a very good cigar! Thanks for the read Tadd. I think this is the first time you have ever commented on a review of mine where you didn’t insult Daniel. tsk, tsk.

  5. Dalamscius

    June 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Nice one Tony! This stick sounds awesome! There does seem to be an odd trend with the massive vitolas lately…
    In honor of Tadd’s kindness, I will refrain from insulting either of you.

    • Tony Casas

      July 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Who cares Daniel.

  6. DaByrdman33

    June 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Nice review as always. You have added yet another cigar to my list of sticks that I must try. Solid work.


  7. Lou Bozzelli

    June 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    i love the large ring sizes, as long as they burn properly. if they give burning issues, they’re nothing but an annoying smoke. Daniel T. told me he doesn’t care for the big 6×60 vitolas. hmm, very interesting? these Emilios look fantastic and i love a thick wrapper on the bigger cigars. how do we get a few of these up here, Daniel will pay good money!! great review and photos Tony, good job.

  8. Victor

    June 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I think it would be great to read on another of Gary’s blends. The AF1 seems like an awesome smoke, so it would be interesting to read on another.

  9. jjo

    June 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    The flavor profile sounds great. Unfortunately, this one goes beyond my comfort zone in terms of ring size, not that I’m likely to see these up here in the Northwest.

  10. Tony Casas

    June 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Northwest? Another Canadian? Nice! Thanks for all the comments and reads man!

  11. jjo

    June 8, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Nope, Seattle. And thanks to you guys for all the great reviews and photos.

  12. Cameron

    February 15, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Really great review, and awesome pairing with the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. You nailed it, I hope one day I can write and produce reviews of this quality. Just wish I knew how to start up a cigar webpage to post reviews like this. I’m not very technically inclined.

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