Review: Emilio Cigar’s the Grimalkin!

Review: Emilio Cigar’s the Grimalkin!

“I come, Graymalkin!” (First Witch, Macbeth Act I, Scene I, L. 9)

In the brooding darkness the witches congregate to await the arrival of Macbeth, and thus the tone of darkness, ill omen, and supernatural forces come crashing into the initial scene of Macbeth to set the pace for that which is to come. The term Greymalkin or Grimalkin as referenced on Emilio Cigar’s website, and stemming from the Wikipedia article it references, describes the Greymalkin as a mysterious aged female cat. In Macbeth it figures as a Witch’s familiar or connection with dark forces, and prefigures the legacy of black cats being a symbol of bad luck and omen.

Gary Griffith told me in one of our conversations that he prefers the mysterious aspect of the creature. In fact, one can easily see this intent in the fierce yellow orbs that peer from out of the darkness in Cheshire fashion on the band. The cigar just like its moniker leaves the partaker with a bit of a mystery. Not much is known about what the actual contents of the cigar are, other than that it is Nicaraguan and not rolled by AJ Fernandez, who did the rolling of the other two Emilio lines. Don, from Stogie Review, revealed that in talking with Gary he was able to unofficially ascertain that the cigar may have been  rolled out of the My Father Cigars factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. To be fair though, that last part is a rumor that I could not get Gary to confirm, so for now I leave it as another layer of the mystery!

Despite the mystery of origin I can attest that there is no mystery about this cigar’s quality. It is a great cigar that Emilio Cigars should be quite proud of! The cigar I smoked was the torpedo vitola and had a smooth wrapper with minimal oils. The filler pack was tight and when I cut the tip and tested the draw it was superbly constructed. The air moved effortlessly throughout the channels of filler and I was able to get a strong barnyard scent off the initial inspection.

As I toasted the foot and began to smoke the Grimalkin in earnest I immediately detected the initial spice that comes with a lot of the Nicaraguans. Eventually the spice gave way to a medium to full bodied smoking adventure of nuts, leather and some hints of floral sweetness. The Grimalkin maintained an even burn and a tight ash throughout the experience. I could break the stick into first-third, middle, and finish, but to be honest it really was those three flavors mentioned in the sentence above that took turns taking center stage. No particular flavor dominated, but all were present throughout the experience and were quite pleasant.

In this particular season of fresh new entries into the boutique world of cigars, Emilio Cigars should stand out. This is one cigar that I really can’t say anything negative about. For my palette it was a wonderful treat that had a great character and complexity to it. If you are looking for a new cigar line to try out, then I would definitely say try the Emilio Cigar’s Grimalkin line today!

Rating: 8.50
Strength: Medium-Full
Size: Torpedo
Wrapper: Nicaraguan??
Binder: Nicaraguan??
Filler: Nicaraguan??


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