16 Jan 2012
These days, Don Pepin Garcia and his son Jaime make many smokes at their My Father Cigars factory in Estelí that are sold under many different labels. Their Nicaraguan outfit may span seven acres, but the influence of the Garcias is felt across the entire industry.
In addition to the smokes they produce for other brands, the Garcias also make several lines that are sold under their own labels, including La Reloba, Jaime Garcia, Le Bijou, and Cedros Deluxe. The most recognizable, and perhaps the finest, though, is the original My Father line, which was introduced in 2008.
My Father was developed by Jaime as a tribute to his father. The elder Garcia reportedly didn’t know Jaime was working on the project until it was near completion. But when Don Pepin sampled the blend—made with Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos and a habano/criollo hybrid wrapper from Ecuador—he loved it and was touched when Jaime told him he wanted to call it “My Father.”
The robusto-sized No. 1 (5.5 x 52) sells for around $10. It is a very attractive smoke with a gorgeous band and a smooth, oily wrapper. The pre-light aroma is characterized by notes of caramel and cocoa. Clipping the triple cap yields an easy draw.
After an even light is established, a profile of black pepper, cedar spice, coffee, and chocolate emerges. It tastes dry and tannic on the palate. The aroma from the thick, dense resting smoke is sweet and creamy. The strength and body are powerful, making this one of the rare full-bodied creations that combines boldness and complexity.
That boldness—particularly the nicotine kick—is on full display after the midway point and into the final third, where it pays to smoke slowly to keep the temperature of the foot relatively cool. Still, the My Father No. 1 is no simple sledgehammer. It has the subtlety and nuance that seasoned cigar smokers look for in cigars in this price range. And it also has outstanding physical properties, including a solid gray ash that holds firm and a straight burn line.
I’ve been a fan of this particular smoke for years now, always keeping at least a few on hand. I know I’m not alone in my adoration of this cigar, and I have no reservations about awarding the My Father No. 1 a rare rating of four and a half stogies out of five.
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