House of Emilio has re-branded to become Boutiques United

House of Emilio Becomes ‘Boutiques United’ Vineland, NJ (January 18, 2016) – LJ Zucca is proud to announce it’s rebranding from “House of Emilio” to “Boutiques United”. Effective today Boutiques United, which also launched a new website and corresponding social media accounts, will be the name of the cigar distribution entity moving forward. “It’s been a banner year for us. This is the next step in our evolution.” noted owner Scott Zucca. “2016 will be amazing and this is just the tip of the iceberg.” Boutiques United continues with it’s…

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Emilio Series H Maduro – Toro

An outstanding all around smoke that is a perfect model for a traditional cigar I expect when looking for some relaxing quiet time. The Series H was Gary Griffith’s debut cigar after creating his own company, Emilio Cigars after years in the construction industry. He blended this inaugural release during his first trip to Central America prior to meeting his dear friend A.J. Fernandez, who was instrumental in a few of Griffith’s more recent blends. I was introduced to Emilio Series H about six months ago when her father, Gary…

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Emilio Cigars Draig Cayuquero – Robusto

A well-constructed cigar with an incredible flavor profile blended for the discerning cigar smoker. The Draig Cayuquero is the second release in Emilio’s Draig line. The Draig, which means dragon in Welsh, is a limited production, small-batch line of cigars by Emilio Cigars using a different factory and a different blend each year. The Draig uses unique tobaccos that are rarely found in most of today’s cigars. It is yet another line that successfully demonstrates Gary Griffith’s mastery. From Gary Griffith’s Facebook page: “There is a small town in the…

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La Musa Μελέτη (Melete) – Toro

An exquisite cigar with a deep, rich and complex flavor profile that can be enjoyed any time of the day and worshiped by experienced cigar smokers. Named in honor of a dear friend of Gary Griffith, the La Musa (the Muse) line by Emilio Cigars features four distinct blends derived from Greek Mythology. La Mousa, being the original is followed by three other blends named after the original Plutarchian muses: Melete, Aoide, Mneme. The Melete (Μελέτη) is the first of the three muses released by Emilio Cigars and according to…

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What is so special about boutique brands? – Everything!

Like a micro-brew or single malt scotch, a boutique cigar is like the jewel in an Ethiop’s ear- The gem of the cigar industry. Many people often define ‘boutique cigars’ with a definitive production number. That is not accurate. What labels a cigar ‘boutique’ is the craftsmanship and passion behind the process. While it is true that boutique cigars are produced in far fewer quantities than the ‘main stream’, mass produced companies like Atlantis and General Cigar it is not the absolute definition of a boutique cigar. Tobaccos utilized in…

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Emilio Cigars AF2 – Toro (6 x 50)

Very impressive cigar. The AF2, sequel to Emilio Cigars AF1, is produced and blended by AJ Fernandez. One look at this daring dame and I immediately noticed how well-rolled she was. Within seconds of our initial meeting I already had my hands all over her firm body – felt well packed with very little give when performing the old squeeze test. The AF2 is of solid construction – a trademark of all Emilio Cigars. The Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper had a nice rich oily presence of dark chocolate bejeweled by…

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Inside the Life of Gary Griffith – Founder of Emilio Cigars and House of Emilio

            Gary Griffith, founder of Emilio Cigars and House of Emilio, is a long-time cigar smoker who has spent a lifetime submerged in all things cigars – smoking, studying and admiring. But, it wasn’t until twelve years ago when Griffith retired from the construction industry and took a part-time job at a local brick-and-mortar cigar shop that roused his desire to start blending his own brand. “After thousands of hours spent in cigar factories just absorbing all the wonderful knowledge I could gain, I decided…

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Emilio Cigars AF1 – Toro

Emilio Cigars is a boutique brand that has been around for a few years now but has been making a huge splash in the market as of late. The brand is really being talked up on web and social media because they are that good. For a little history on Gary Griffith and his cigar empire, read my interview with him. You will be excited to learn how a passionate cigar smoker turned a hobby into an empire. The AF1 is manufactured in Esteli, Nicaragua and named in honor of…

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