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Cigar Review: My Father No. 1

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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Patrick A

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2 Responses to “Cigar Review: My Father No. 1”

  1. CarlosBoozer Monday, January 16, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Fine review of a really fine cigar. The May Father series is a go-to for me if I want something special. Never disappointing.

  2. Smokin' Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Smoked 1st no.1 in Feb 2013. Source: retail shop in Eugene OR.
    Objective view: From a straight cut. This cigar was flawless in draw, burn, and ash from beginning to end. And I do mean end as I could not bring myself to put this thing down!
    Subjective view: The aroma of this cigar as it burned to be
    sublime. The flavors were savory and balanced, with no harshness, from start to finish and I was able to produce an excellent volume of delicious smoke with little effort (which really adds
    to my enjoyment).
    Appearance: attractive with no flaws; label is spectacular.
    Would I buy this cigar again? I already have.
    Some current faves: RP Decade torp, Dunhill Aged church, SL Oval mad torp.