Brand: Emilio Cigars Country: Honduras
Size: Corona 5.5 x 42 Wrapper: Columbian Maduro
The Label Factor:
There is a dragon on the Emilio Draig K. Let me repeat that in case it didn’t sink in; there is a dragon on the Draig K. In my mind, I will now be referring to the Draig K as the “Draig-on K”. The unique design is explained by Gary Griffith in this Emilio Cigars Blog post;
The “K” designation and Welsh theme recognize and honor both my family heritage, and the first initial of my friend Ken, a Welshman who died in a tragic auto accident at about the same time I was finishing this blend. The band was created by a friend of both mine and Ken’s who happens to be a children’s book illustrator, thus the pastel colors.
What We Liked:
After you stop looking at the dragon, the next thing you’ll notice is the wrapper. I think Emilio should consider getting into the HDTV business, as they have no problem delivering deep, rich black levels. What do you think the contrast ratio is on this Columbian Maduro wrapper? My guess is 6,000,000 : 1.
On the pre-light draw, I’m getting flashbacks to the Ave Maria, as fruity and floral notes are front and center. After lighting, I was expecting to get the same, but instead got a generic tobacco sweetness for the first half inch. Those floral notes start creeping in at this point, giving the profile an incense-like flavor.
Nearing the halfway point, a sweet cocoa flavor picks up, making the experience floral, sweet and delicious. Just when you think the sweetness may get overwhelming, a bitter coffee is introduced for the last inch or so, keeping the profile in check.
What We Didn’t Like:
You may not be able to tell, but my burn was awful. I’m never one to hold much of a grudge for something like this, especially when I only smoke a single stick for review, but I had to repair repeatedly throughout the hour and fifteen minute smoke. Not since the CAO Columbia have I experienced this many problems. Wait a minute…CAO Columbia….Columbian Maduro wrapper…. Nevermind, I thought I was on to something for a second.
Should You Try/Buy It:
The Emilio Draig K does something that a lot of cigars fail to do; stand out. While I had flashbacks to the Ave Maria, that stick didn’t have nearly the complexity or balance of the Draig K. While I had horrible burn problems, resulting in many a touchups throughout, it’s not enough to keep me from buying more down the road.