Cigar Review: My Father (Don Pepin)
Well the man with more blends on the market then anyone I can think of has done it again. Although this cigar was released in September, it is first showing up in cigar shops around town and on the internet as well. This blend is the result of a family effort as it is created by father (Don Pepin) and son (Jaime Garcia). It comes from the El Rey de los Habanos factory down Little Havana in Miami, Florida and is limited to 50,000 cigars per year. This small little factory has produced a lot of great cigars lately, will this one live up to the hype?
Cigar: My Father
Origin: Little Havana, Miami, Florida
Size: 5.5 x 54 (No. 2 Belicoso)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano with Criollo (Hybrid)
Appearance & Construction (17/20):I was a little shocked by the amount of veins in the wrapper as some of them were very prominent. It did not look like a cigar typical of this price range. The foot of the cigar was a little loose for my liking, but it was acceptable none the less. The band of the cigar is nicely done, though the pink was a tad feminine for a cigar being called “My Father”.
Flavor/Notes (26/30): The pre-light draw of the cigar offered some distinct notes of cinnamon. The same notes were available to the nose at the foot. Upon lighting the cigar, there is some of that trademark Pepin pepper but it is much more subdued then your typical Pepin smoke. The notes of the cigar at times were a bit all over the place for me, but there underlying base was cinnamon and mocha. Other notes were of wood, caramel, and espresso.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): A nice gray ash accompanied this cigar that hell it’s ash very well. Despite a slightly jagged burn line I managed to hold on the my ash for almost half the cigar. The draw had a slight resistance that is to be expected with a belicoso and was very acceptable.
Overall (21/25): I smoked this cigar at the usual spot for me, and I can see now I will soon need to find a new location to do my reviews. The area is now pretty much in the shade and with temperatures this morning at my time of smoke in the mid to up 40’s it was a bit cold. The water on the horizon had a glacial feel to it, and the wind blowing was causing wisps of sands to blow across the sand. It reminded of me snow, and the winter months ahead. I share this because I feel the overall score the settings you smoke a cigar have to be taken into effect. Let’s face it an Opus X would be enjoyed much more among friends than with evil in-laws. As far as the characteristics of the smoke, they flavors were nice, but they jumped around for me a lot which gave me a headache. The price tag on this smoke it a bit hefty, and to be honest I do not think it is warranted. To me the La Aroma De Cuba Edicion Especial is a stick that is better and about 25% less in price.
Price: $11.40 (Before Local Taxes)