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6/26/18

My Father Cigars Flor De Las Antillas in Toro - Cigar Review Redux by Kaplowitz

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I first reviewed this cigar (Cigar Aficionado's #1 pick for 2012) back on June 1, 2017. That was a quick-form review -- so quick indeed, that I won't link to it, but embed it below as such:

"A terra-cotta hue'd cigar, well-constructed to the eye-balling and performance -- tho a seam doth widen widely in final-third to reveal binder. A fusty lavender note is rather unique. White pepper/nutmeg piquancy braced by buttery cedar up-on nutty suede in dirt under-belly. Straight-forward yet more complex than that may connote. FINAL GRADE: A-" - Me

Lettuce further our looksie with another sample, a year later...

My Father Flor De Las Antillas
WRAPPER: Sun Grown Nicaraguan
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro (box-press)
ORIGIN: Tabacalera Cubana S.A., Nicaragua

STRENGTH: Medium
PROFILE: Sweet/Sour - Savory/Spice
DELIVERY: Oily/Smooth

COMBUSTION: excellent
CONSTRUCTION: excellent

Dark but not somber warmly roasted overtones of a sweet & sour, vegetal spiced savory tandem. Toasted undertones are bitter-forward and influenced by the savory/Spice from up-top. Salted bits ebb and flow up and down nicely-so. Somewhat smoky but too, sharply delineated. Exceptionally balanced and complex; though curiously lacking-some in nuance and/or depth of note.

Body is silky and a tick more delicate than the flavors would indicate. That said, the final third is lightly chewy. Rich all told, but not in an extravagant manner. Soft with just the right tingle hitting the back corners of the tongue. Finish is of a moderate length and bittersweet in nature. Ends quite cleanly. Strength seems to be front-loaded, easing up languidly throughout.

Combustion seems heated a tick atop the char-line. A slight wobble self-corrects at the half. Ash grows tight and well-oiled to an easy inch at a time. Passive smoke is rather wispy, and active smoke sometimes needs double-puffed to hit its full volume. Room-note is a pleasantly soft spiced fruitiness.

Construction impresses pre-light with invisible seams and nice even press. Excellent cap/shoulder assemblage. Draw begins a hair on the firm-side, but loosens throughout to a smooth medium+ tension. Smoke stays very cool to the nub.

FINAL (re)GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59


"Nicaragua’s venerable Garcia family released the Flor de Las Antillas brand in May 2012 using a variety of Nicaraguan tobaccos, their trademark double binders and a wrapper leaf grown in the open sunlight. They named the brand for Cuba, the largest of the Antilles Islands, which are called Antillas in their native Spanish. The Toro size was named Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year in 2012, and the company released a Maduro version of the brand in 2016. Flor de Las Antillas are distributed by the Garcia’s My Father Cigars Inc. and rolled at My Father Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua." - www.CigarAficionado.com

"In March 2012, My Father Cigars debuted four vitolas in a new full production line composed of all Nicaraguan tobacco named Flor de las Antillas at Portsmith, N.H.-based Federal Cigar’s 91st Anniversary party. The new brand was billed as a medium strength blend, and was the first My Father line to be completely box-pressed." - www.Halfwheel.com (2015)

"My Father Cigars announced another line called the “Flor de las Antillas”. The blend was created by Jaime Garcia. I recently had an opportunity to sample a pre-release of this new blend. Not only does it fill a niche in the My Father Cigars’ line, but it delivers an outstanding smoking experience. It is a cigar that is also worthy of getting a lot of attention as it makes its way to the retailer shelves.

Translated to English, Flor de las Antillas means “Flower of the Antilles”. It references the Greater Antilles islands. Technically, Cuba is the largest island in the Greater Antilles, so it does pay homage to the Garcia Family’s heritage." - www.Cigar-Coop.com (2012)

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