The latest cigar from El Rey de Los Habanos Inc. is the My Father cigars created by the father and son team of Don Pepin and Jaime Garcia. This cigar features a binder and filler of tobacco grown from the Garcia's very own farm in Nicaragua that they have been harvesting for the past two years. This is not their typical Nicaraguan puro. They use an Ecuadorian Cuban seed wrapper from the Oliva Cigar Co. The cigar comes in four vitolas that they number one to four. The number three is a unique size which they call, "The Cremas". This shape was first seen in the Cuban Edmundo Dantes El Conde 109 that James Suckling of Cigar Aficionado raves about. Basically the Cremas is a toro (6x49) with a tapered head.
The number three is an elegant looking cigar. The wrapper is oily and medium brown in color with near invisible seams. There are a few thin veins running the length of cigar but I doubt you would be fixated upon it. Instead, your eyes should be drawn immediately to the gorgeous and ornate looking cigar band. It is a true work of art with blush colored accents, gold foil medallions, and touches of green in the background. The band seems to lean towards a more feminine appeal, which makes you wonder why they don't call it "My Mother" instead. ;-p
The feel of the cigar is somewhat lumpy with the interior feeling evenly packed with a slight give. The cigar's aroma is not overly strong, but I did detect a wheat-like or grain-like scent. The pre-light draw tasted the same with strong notes of white pepper. Hot spices are immediately felt on the lips and tongue.
The initial flavors show mild spices, dark caramel, woody notes and a creamy body. The flavors are clean and crisp and the finish is toasty. For a DPG cigar, this one doesn't go full force on the pepper, which is really a nice change. After about one half inch into the cigar, flavors of Nicaraguan Cuban seed tobacco starts in as a whisper. Then about another half inch in you start getting some nutmeg and slightly more pepper. The body remains toasty with just a hint of sweetness.
The second third builds to a more leathery and nutty flavor. The cigar remains balanced and refined. The "dry as French Champagne" body seems to hint at turning bitter but thankfully always falls short of it. Still, care should be taken to smoke the cigar slowly to nurse the maximum amount of smooth flavor from it. The last third is just a continuation of the same full leather flavor.
The My Father cigars are available at my favorite retailer, Silo Cigars. I purchased the My Father Sampler from them for $43.50. You get all four sizes which includes my favorite, a Cuban style "panatela" (38 by 7 and 1/2") that they call a lancero. All the cigars come in gorgeously decorated boxes of 23. This cigar will be a regular production brand. This year, only 50,000 were made, but production should increase in the coming years as more tobacco is harvested.