Size: 5.5 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full
Price: Just under $10.00 a stick
Behind The Stick:
Here it is everyone, 3/4th the way done with the Smoke Inn personal blend series! The My Father El Hijo is a blend specifically made for the Smoke Inn shop, not only creating a bit of ‘hype’ but also producing another limited run smoke for us to enjoy. The word on the street is that only 650 of the 15 count boxes have been produced and are currently on the market – so if your a fan of the My Father series, the Smoke Inn series or just into the ‘exclusive’ and ‘rare’ smokes, these might be right up your alley. There is not too much information out there about the history and without spoiling the review I can’t go on much longer! In my other reviews of the Tatuaje Anarchy and The Padron 1964 Anniversary SI-15 you can see that Smoke Inn has been producing some very enjoyable smokes, lets see if these live up to the other smokes!
One thing that struck me as very unique, the foot of the My Father El Hijo is actually left unfinished, providing that the first few puffs are exempt of the wrapper. I’m on the fence about this, at first I thought I had damaged product but after researching a bit – no, this was intentional. Aside from this, the paper bag brown wrapper was enhanced with a few minimal veins and a slight oily shine – nothing to write home about but looks damn good against that white, red and orange band. Speaking of bands, both dual bands on every sample removed without issue – by far the best performing ‘band removal’ for me in months. Bueno!
ZIP! BAM! POW! This smoke starts off with that classic My Father spice, a healthy dose of pepper that is borderline excessive – no retrohale for me at this point. Giving the cigar a chance to burn into the wrapper, the unfinished foot broke way to an actually very pleasant woody, earth and pepper sensation that nearly gave me goosebumps – very nice! I tried the retrohale at this point and was given that initial pepper zap from before – still a bit much for me but I can easily see how those spice lovers out there will go nuts for this.
The first third gave way to a much more ‘refined’ sensation – the pepper calmed down, earth fell into the background and a wood ( cedar? ), coffee and ‘cream’ flavor took the foreground with minimal changes with the exception of the smoke quality, it seemed to follow the cream like flavor – developing into a thick, full and creamy sensation. The body still remained in the high medium, but was quickly picking up steam. The flavors by this point started to die out as well – well, die out might be the wrong words… the flavors lost a certain level of intensity that made picking out the complexity a bit harder. Well balanced and very enjoyable, but lacked that definition from before.
As many of you know, I am not the biggest fan of the super spicy smokes – that being said this cigar was still pretty impressive to me. When I mentioned earlier with the unfinished foot raised my eyebrow, I was curious as to how this lack of wrapper would effect the smoke – on each of the samples I tried this unique characteristic provided for a much more spicy start but was almost like smoking the tires on a hot rod before you race. I was able to determine what the cigar has to offer in a primal, uncut version but once you get to the mid way point ( half way down the track lets say ) the beauty and complexity of the beast becomes apparent and you really start to be emerged in the moment, excitedly anticipating the next shift of gears.
Would I go out and buy a box of these? Personally – no – with the price point right on the higher end of my ‘daily smoke’ threshold, the rarity of the My Father El Hijo followed by the spice kick at the beginning this is a cigar I would put on my ‘must smoke‘ list but not a cigar I could see in my weekly rotation. I will say though, I’m already in my attempts to acquire a 5 pack before these smokes can no longer be bought – and I recommend you do the same! If you like the spice, the My Father Series or just looking for a fun and interesting smoke, check out the My Father El Hijo and let me know what you think!
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory