Corona, 5.5” x 44 ring gauge / MSRP $6.50
I have enjoyed the Emilio AF1 since I had my first one about 2 years ago, even though it is wrapped in a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper...a varietal I'm often not fond of. The key is probably the fact that company owner, Gary Griffith, insists on a properly long fermentation time for these wrapper leaves, resulting in a dark color and a rich flavor. The Corona vitola showed up in the middle of 2012 and I was able to get a box of them near the end of the year...they have quickly become my favorite cigar in the entire AF Series. The cold draw is chocolatey and sweet, with enough counterpoints of earth and strong, black coffee to be exceptionally interesting...and it gets better when lit.