Initially launched in 2011, Grimalkin became a breakout hit for Emilio Cigars. The cigar was known for its intriguing name, presentation, and mysterious origins. Now, Emilio Cigars has enlisted James Brown and his Fabrica Oveja Negra factory to reenvision the blend for 2018.

Grimalkin was always a cigar that stood out in the Emilio portfolio. It was intriguing, so when Scott Zucca, owner of Emilio cigars, asked me to recreate a 2018 version, I was excited to do so. I like the theme and the style of cigar, it just needed an update and so we put our Oveja Negra spin on it. Since the cigar is a Nicaraguan Puro, my goal was to highlight the qualities I love about Nicaraguan tobacco. The blend is very spice forward with a lot of complexity and depth, balanced by a rich creamy finish.James Brown, owner of Fabrica Oveja Negra

As with the original, Grimalkin 2018 will use a Nicaraguan puro blend. And while the original release included three sizes (Toro, Robusto, Torpedo), the 2018 iteration has trimmed the lineup to offer simply the Robusto and Toro—priced close to $2 more than the 2011 release.

Grimalkin is a peculiar concept, named for an archaic term for a female cat, one that is often associated with witchcraft. Building on this theme, the cigars showcase a new design more fitting of the modern era, appearing quite similar to Oveja Negra’s BLK WKS projects.



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Grimalkin 2018 Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Limited
  • Packaging: 25-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: 2
  • Price: $9.80 – $10.00
  • Release: May 2018
  • Robusto: 5″ x 50 | $9.80 (MSRP)
  • Toro: 6″ x 60 | $10.00 (MSRP)

Emilio Grimalkin 2018 design

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