Brand: My Father
Size: 5 1/2″ X 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Machine or Hand-rolled: Hand-rolled
Price: $6.48 USD
Where to Purchase: Atlantic Cigar Co.
It seems like the Garcia family’s grasp over my heart never ends. Every time they produce a quality cigar it really is that, quality. I have to say however, that i was surprised that they would produce a Connecticut stick given their previous track record of being known for bold, rich and potent stogies. Nonetheless, I was intrigued by this new product and I got my hands on a box to try. The stock came in the typically over embellish my father cedar box. The cigars themselves had a double upper band, once being inscribed with ‘CT’ (i.e., Connecticut) and a lower black silk ribbon footband.
When I took the cigar out of the cellophane the smell was delectable. It had that classic Connecticut hay aroma but with a Davidoff-esk refinement to it. I snipped off the cap with my Dupont guillotine and lit it up with my single butane torch. The draw was perfect as is expected with everything that bears the My Father brand; the notes were equally impressive with that note of hay coming onto the tongue with the draw and the light notes of cedar on the finish.
First Third (1/3) – 15 min
The first third was as expected. The notes of cedar were still there on the finish, but the initial draw no longer held that note of hay. Rather, the taste of leather and aged tobacco came to the forefront which was a nice touch that I didn’t expect from such a new release. The only disappointment in this third that I could even think of was that I kept forgetting i was smoking a My Father cigar.
Second Third (2/3) – 20 min
Here is where things got a little interesting. What really got me on the first third was the sticks high refinement. It was something that caught me of guard. However, this is where I encountered this bitterness and harshness that isn’t typically of the Garcia legacy. Im not sure what led me to taste such harshness, but after a few stick I noticed that it was hit or miss. A few were harsh during the second third and a few weren’t. it was quite interesting, but unfortunately because of this inconsistency within a single box it will certainly reflect in the final score. I will say however, that those sticks that weren’t harsh during the second third continued that nice leather taste with hints of light american coffee and nutmeg; beautiful flavours, if only they were present on all of the sticks.
Final Third (3/3) – 15 min
The final third was somewhat reminiscent of the first third. The harshness that was present on the second third was not there and the beautiful flavours of cedar started to make a comeback, while hits of cocoa and espresso dominated the draw. However, as I approached the second band the cigar got a little to hot for my taste so I had to put it down.
Total Smoke Time: 50 min
The My Father Connecticut Robusto is an interesting take on what is an atypical take on the My father line of cigars. The Garcia’s took a big step into diversifying their cigar profile, however, I was disappointed that they misstepped in making sure the consistency of their cigars was up to par. Nonetheless, i enjoyed the first and final thirds tremendously and i got some great flavours. Taking all of these elements into accounts the My Father Connecticut Robusto gets on the Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale a:
Steven Umbrello – Senior Editor