Size: 6.25 x 52 (Robusto)
Binder and Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium – Full to Full
Price: $190.00 a box of 12
Behind The Stick:
Some of you may have heard a few things going around about a new ‘special’ and exciting cigar that was released by the famous Don Pepin Garcia – The My Father Limited Edition 2010 series. Now, if your a regular in the cigar world and have not heard about these, then you need to crawl out from under that rock. I like to take my time and let the cigars relax a bit, smoke a few at my own pace and then give my opinion so I am a bit behind the ‘just released’ curve haha. That being said, I will not rehash all the same information you’ve already heard a thousand times – do a google search and learn all about how these were made by Jamie and Don Pepin themselves! I’ve included the youtube video (same that came on the limited edition cd in the box) – enjoy!
This box purchase came to be from Chiefhava and The Cigar Feed, the three of us went in on a wild goose chase where we each got a few of the smokes, a chance for me to photograph the box and then one box will have a final resting place at the casa Chief “neck snappa” man cave. If it was not for this I highly doubt I would have pulled on the box, simply due to the high cost. Once I got these home, I was able to smoke one within the first two weeks with a few minor issues with the burn, I blamed them on myself and my lack of control to let them rest a bit. Now that they have had a proper time to rest, lets see if these bad boys live up to the hype!
Again – I need to stop looking at a cigar as “holy shit this was made by the master!” and start looking at them as cigars as a whole – but we all have areas we need to improve. The reason I say this is that I was expecting a tobacco version of solid gold with a flawless attention to detail and construction worth writing home about. Now, it may sound like I am preceding this with a lineup to put the cigar down – but that is not the case. Evenly packed, well formed, triple cap applied – but there was nothing that ‘wowed’ me about the cigar. Sure, the large dual bands have some amazing artwork namely the “MF” and the ‘Garcia & Garcia’ that is dressed up – but I’m not smoking the art work.
They are all well constructed but as I said, lacked that ‘oompf’ that would allow me to pick the naked cigar out in a mix – again, not good or bad just my random opinion. On two or three of them they did feel a little softer (not soft but just softer in comparison). I understand these are natural products and in all reality this is a hand made, natural product put together by humans so there WILL be minor differences – I guess I was just expecting perfection where it can’t be haha! My pet peeve also reared its ugly head – perhaps in haste or just whatever the case may be, almost every single one had an issue removing the band either they were placed tighter than a glove, glue on the wrapper or the band ripped – minor and had zero affect on the smoke but still erked me.
Right from the start a combination of flavors began to coat my taste buds with only what I can consider ‘Rich in flavor’. A mix of coco, leather, sweet natural tobacco with a touch of that classic Pepin spice! Holy shit, I take back anything negative I said earlier. This cigar produced such a large volume of smoke the flavors seemed to just jump right out at you and then ebb away leaving a heavy black pepper taste on the lips. I would almost put money on it that I also grabbed some oak flavors out of the first third but they were minor at best.
Into the second third, the flavors have really balanced out, making it a bit harder to pull ‘specific’ flavors but the overall taste was fantastic and consistent through all 3 I tried. A sweet note similar to honey joined the group, mellowing down that black pepper finish – as well the oak flavors from the first third really picked up steam, not yet in the foreground but beyond enjoyable. There is almost a creamy type sensation to the smoke at this point as well and started to coat my mouth – it did require me to drink a bit more but hey, whats the harm in that?!
Rounding the corner into the last third, the cigar takes a moment to let you revisit some things from before; leather, coco, black pepper, oak and honey but decides to throw a curve ball, a nice dark coffee flavor mixed with leather starts slowly and builds up, carrying this cigar to the nub. The black pepper flavor and sensation has either toned down or I am getting used to it, either way it was nice to have that dominating flavor finally take a back seat to the other handful of flavors.
I am not normally a person who gives into the advertising gimmicks associated with so many cigars in the industry, but I have to say that this cigar in specific, the My Father Limited Edition 2010 by Don Pepin Garcia and Jamie Garcia has been phenomenal. Well made, exquisitely packaged, highly advertised and one hell of a delivery, these cigars will be ones I look forward to smoking now and down the road. They came packaged in coffins, perfect for some nice slow, long time aging potential as well as great decorations in my glass top humidor. If you get a chance, even with the high price tag, I recommend you run out and grab at least one to give it a try – personally I am looking for more to replace the ones I’ve smoked!
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory