When i first heard about this cigar back in March or so I knew it was something I would have to buy a box of and I knew it would be pricey to say the least. Well thankfully the cigars came in about 100.00 less then I had expected, with a 300.00 price tag in New York for a box of 12. Yes, that is expensive to say the least, but when you factor in that these cigars were bunched by Jaime Garcia and rolled by Jose Pepin Garcia the value of the cigar seems worthwhile. I know some people will ask, can you actually tell the difference, and the answer is yes.
Each cigar comes in its own coffin, and each box is numbered which comes with a DVD and a certificate of authenticity. I also found out that only 5 boxes were allocated per store that ordered these which were limited to 2000 made. Thankfully I have developed a relationship with Danny and the crew from Tobacco Plaza in Long Island, NY and they were nice enough to put a box aside for me. TP has become one of my favorite cigar shops because of the great selection, knowledgeable staff and eclectic group of people who hang out at the shop.
Cigar: My Father Limited Edition 2010
Size: 6.5 x 52
Wrapper: Hybrid Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Criollo
Facebook: My Father Cigar
Official Site: http://www.myfathercigars.com/
Appearance and Construction: The first thing that catches your eye are the 2 large over sized bands on the cigar. The first band is the traditional My Father artwork, while the 2nd band denotes that is the limited edition. There are a lot of intricacies to the second band that make it a true work of art. But once you get past the bands you notice that this cigar looks special. The roll is perfect from foot to cap but I was surprised by how many veins the wrapper was. There was a fair amount of oils present, and the stick was very dense between my fingers. There was a subtle sponginess to the cigar as well.
Flavor & Notes: The foot of the cigar has a slight sweetness to it hidden underneath the cedar notes while the draw of the cigar the two were fairly well mixed. Once I lit the cigar the first thing I notice was how thick the notes were. They weren’t overpowering, but they had a syrup like feel to them. The first third offered up some notes of cedar and nuts with a some spice and as this portion of the cigar came to a close a sweetness was slowly beginning to form. As the second third of the cigar was smoked the sweetness became a well defined caramel that slowly took over the cigar while the cedar and nuts were sent to the background. The final third of the cigar the notes of caramel became so profound that it had me salivating and wishing the experience wasn’t coming to a close. The notes of wood, nuts and touch of earth provided a canvas for the caramel masterpiece that left me wanting to smoke another.
Smoking Characteristics: This slow burning cigar almost had me smoking it faster then I should of because of how delicious it was and it took me a little over 90 minutes to smoke. The cigar burned very event and had a nice solid medium gray ash that held on oh so strong. There draw was as perfect as they come but was I really to expect otherwise based on who rolled these? Finally, the cigar produced a nice thick smoke that smelled familiar to the nose but I was never quite able to place it.
Conclusion: Maybe it was just me, but these cigars just felt different, smoked different and even looked different then many cigars. It almost took on characteristics from Jose and Jaime Garcia and their labor of love was somehow absorbed by the tobacco. I know this, the experience of the My Father Limited Edition was different then many cigars I smoked and while I might not score it a 100, this could be the best cigar I have ever smoked, bar none. Was it worth the 300.00 for the box? Yes it was and I never would of expected to admit a cigar was worth that high of a price tag.
Price: $25.00 a stick (in NYC)