The La Dueña by My Father was officially unveiled at the 2012 IPCPR. The La Dueña is a unique introduction by My Father, since it is the first blend blended by Tatuaje’s Pete Johnson. The La Dueña was the only new cigar unveiled at the IPCPR by My Father cigars, but they have had a couple other releases in 2012. Earlier this year, they released Flor de las Antillas, Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Connecticut – New England Edition, and the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012.
When I visited the My Father Cigars booth at the 2012 IPCPR it was simply abuzz with activity. I was lucky enough to snag a sample of the new La Dueña. Check out a few of my photos from the My Father Cigars IPCPR booth:
Size: 4 3/4 x 48 Petit Belicoso
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan and Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaraguan and Connecticut Broadleaf
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The La Dueña has a very dark wrapper, almost the color of dark chocolate, with fine veins and a nice oil to it. The band is very simplistic and classic featuring the silhouette of a lady in white on a red background.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the La Dueña has notes of sweet espresso, cedar, and cocoa. The foot has the scent of cocoa, espresso, wood, earth, and spice. I use a straight cut to prepare smoking the La Dueña Petit Belicoso, and on the cold draw there are flavors of cocoa, spice, espresso and wood.
Smoking Characteristics: The La Dueña fires up with some rich deep sweet cocoa, espresso, wood, a bit of pepper, light spice, and some earth. The draw starts off excellent providing a great body of rich, cool, creamy, smooth, delicious smoke. The balance is perfect, rich, complex, and delicious. The burn is great, razor sharp and ends with a tight, firm ash.
Into the second third of the La Dueña, the blend becomes much sweeter and the pepper fades out completely. The notes of sweet cocoa, espresso, and earth all remain with just a little bit of spice. The blend is absolutely delicious, rich, and complex. The strength is in the medium to full range, with a bit of a burn on the retrohale.
During the final third of the La Dueña, the notes of sweet rich cocoa, espresso, and earth remain, and are complex and satisfying. The woody notes reemerge into the smoking profile. The construction performs wonderfully, the ash holds firm, easily to the inch point, and the burn remains razor sharp. The strength remains in the medium to full range, providing an excellent buzz. The La Dueña smokes cool the nub with an excellent flavor and pleasant finish.
Conclusion: The La Dueña is an excellent addition to the My Father Cigars lineup, and possibly my favorite blend already. The flavors were absolutely delicious and the La Dueña is exactly what I look for in a cigar. Would I buy some more sticks? Without a doubt. Would I pick up a box? I’m looking for a place to preorder one right now!