Cigar Review: Emilio Draig K Robusto

Draig K

If you had no idea who Gary Griffith was or what Emilio Cigars was at the middle of last year, you probably became very aware of him and his company in December of 2011. The company’s cigars did incredibly well in online reviews, and made it in the Top 25 for many. Since then the company has been capturing the news in cigar magazines, and becoming an incredibly well known boutique cigar company in stores across this great nation. They are well known for releases such as the Grimalkin, or should I say “the artist formerly known as Grimalkin, and the Emilo AF1 and Emilo AF2. Since then the company has released three additional core line cigars and also a limited run, the Draig K. The cigar gets its name from two parts. The Draig represents the Welsh Dragon, and the K represents a close friend of Gary who died in auto accident close to the final production of the cigar.

The 2012 Draig K is a limited cigar, and is limited to only 3 vitolas of 400 boxes each. The cigars are draped with a unique and rare wrapper that has undergone the Maduro process. The wrapper is called Colombian Cubanito, and I have not come across many wrappers from Colombia. Underneath that is a mixture of Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers and binder as well. The cigars are made in Nestor Plasencia’s factory of El Paraiso, and this factory pumps out solid production contantly. For this review I chose the robusto vitola, and the cigar measures 5” with a 50 ring gauge. It has an incredibly dark wrapper, near Oscuro in coloring, and is vein free. The wrapper is very oily and soft to touch. I am getting an aroma at the foot of the cigar which is showing some unique spices and herbal notes, and also some earthy and palm wood notes.   

Colombian Cubito Maduro

From the beginning, the cigar has a flavor profile that I was not expecting at all. Typically when smokers see cigars with a Maduro wrapper their mind goes to that incredibly rich flavor profile, but this cigar did not possess that. I was getting some lovely wood notes, not uncommon, with some anise notes on the forefront; but there were also tons of floral and herbal notes with the cigar. I did pick up small bits of coffee and some burnt toast, but it really had this natural floral/herbal flavor profile to it. The cigar was burning fairly well, a little uneven, and producing a dark gray ash. It was a very oily wrapper, and I believe the oils played a solid part in the burn line of the cigar. The strength of the cigar was right in that medium-full area, and it really would depend on the smoker to determine whether they found it to be medium or full in body.


When I get into the second third of the cigar I begin to pick up some cocoa notes, but it is almost a bitter dark chocolate flavor profile. It is paired with some leather notes, and also those wood and anise flavor profiles. I am still getting those floral and herbal flavor profiles, but they are not as powerful as they once were. I am trying to describe the flavor profile, and it is really almost this combination of Christmas and Thanksgiving. There are some warm spices and seasoning notes present, and balanced by some coffee and cocoa notes. The burn got a little bit better in this third of the cigar, but the cigar had trouble staying lit. I was still getting that dark gray ash to the cigar, and the cigar was producing tons of thick smoke. I found the second thirds strength level to be closer to medium in body, and it really isn’t as strong as I thought it might be.


I am in the final third of the cigar now, and those interesting flavors from throughout are coming to a close. I am finding that the first and second third of the cigar are really at an intersection in terms of flavors, and it is leaving a complex finish to the cigar. There are some bits of dark chocolate present in the cigar, and with that it is pairing with some toasty notes and also wood. I am getting a finish of leather with the cigar, and it is with the leather flavors that I am also getting some herbal and fall spice notes. It is a very complex cigar, and I would not say this is a cigar you could recommend to just any cigar smoker. The burn got a lot better in the final third of the cigar, and with that there was that steady dark gray ash. The cigar finished on the medium body note, and with that smoking very cool.


I enjoyed the smoke, and I am glad I was able to pick some up to smoke and review. I believe this is a cigar that can be enjoyed now, but is a cigar that will really come alive with some aging. Gary Griffith knows how to blend incredible cigars, and this is a prime example of that. With some incredible lines out for regular production, this was a great treat as a limited production item. I will say that this is not a novice smoker’s cigar. The strength of the cigar was not the issue, but it was the flavors that were so unique and subtle with one another that a novice smoker might find the cigar lacking, when in all reality it is incredibly complex. Another great aspect to aging this cigar is that with aging I believe the smoking experience will improve and the oils will be released more. As of right now I give this cigar a 91, but I believe that in time this cigar could improve in point scales.    

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