I’ve been smoking a lot of Connecticut-wrapped cigars lately, which is rather unusual for me. I typically pass-up these milder smokes for something with a bit more punch. However, I’ve found myself with time to smoker earlier in the day than usual, so I’ve reached for a few of these creamier, milder cigars so as not to ruin my palate for stronger smokes later that same day.
One such cigar happened to be a pre-release sample of the new Emilio Cigars AF Suave, which was gifted to me a while back by Gary Griffith. The third cigar manufactured by AJ Fernandez for Emilio, it was originally designated as the AF3 before being renamed the AF Suave. Scheduled to hit the market in April, I was fortunate to get a sneak preview of Gary’s latest line.
Emilio AF Suave by the numbers:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder & Filler: “a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos”
Factory: AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua
No. smoked for review: 1 (first impressions)
Duration: 75 minutes
Source: pre-release sample (April 2012 release)
So just how smooth is the AF Suave? Watch and find out…
(Video length: 11:48)
Soundtrack: “East Sussex” by morgantj (courtesy of ccMixter.org)
In a recent blog post, Gary explained that his intended purpose behind the AF Suave was to “fill a niche [… for] those who simply prefer a milder, creamier smoke, and as a light but flavorful ‘morning smoke.'” If that describes you, I have no doubt that you’ll like this cigar. While I wouldn’t recommend it after a huge steak dinner and paired with a peaty Islay malt, it would be a great way to start the day enjoyed with your morning coffee.
Charlie has been enjoying cigars since 2000 and generally prefers a medium-bodied, full-flavored smoke. A USAF vet, he currently works as a data scientist focusing on natural language processing and is pursuing a PhD in computer science in his spare time. Originally from Connecticut and now residing in Northern Virginia, Charlie is also a fan of football, science fiction, political philosophy, and single malt scotch. You can contact Charlie on Twitter @greenbacker.