The Rafael Gonzalez Churchill offers a long, smooth, and mellow smoke with dominant notes of cedar, nuts and a pinch of sweet spice. A terrific starter cigar – click to see more of our review.
My Father Cigar Review
Introduced in 2008, My Father Cigars are blended and handcrafted by Jaime Garcia, son of the now-legendary Don José “Pepin” Garcia. Made at the My Father factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, the tobaccos used for these cigars are grown on their own farms and rolled in the finest Habano-Rosado Criollo-seed wrappers. Cigars made at the My Father factory in Estelí tend to have a reputation that precedes them, so you expect an excellent cigar, and the My Father edition is no exception. I was pleased to have the opportunity to write up this My Father cigar review, and take a real analytical look at this terrific cigars. It’s no wonder these smokes have exploded in popularity since coming onto the market, winning over all different types of smokers. The My Father Cigar Factory even took home the #1 Cigar of the Year award for 2012 for their outstanding Flor de last Antillas cigar. Alright, enough about the factory and the reputation, let’s get to the review!
My Father Cigar Review
The cigar I smoked for this My Father cigar review was the No.1 (5¼” x 52). The body was well packed, and the hybrid Criollo/Rosado wrapper was so even in color it looked like it was airbrushed on. If you hold one of these My Father cigars up to the light at just the right angle, the red hue pops, with an appealing oily sheen. The cigar had a number of visible veins, but no poppers, nor did the streaks take away from the overall appearance of the cigar. The band is just as impressive with its understated pastel colors and gold embossing. When clipped, the triple cap came off easily in a perfect circle.
The draw was perfect, and the cold draw flavor was a combination of cedar and molasses. Although the cigar was a little more moist than I prefer, when toasted, the foot still took easily to the flame. The first few puffs produced an ample amount of thick, creamy smoke that was earthy with a toffee-like sweetness and a sweet aroma.
When retrohaled, the smoke was spicy, yet very smooth. I didn’t pick up any specific flavors other than some light pepper, which kept it from being too overpowering. As for the base flavors, I picked-up sweet wood, sweet spices, and some roasted coffee bean.
The cigar burned evenly during the entire smoke exposing a semi-firm grey ash. As it continued, the flavors would change-up, giving it an engaging complexity, while the balance was dead center all the way.
Consistency-wise, I would rate this cigar as excellent. Every puff was delicious, and here again, as I’ve noted in past reviews, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of letting the cigar rest for at least a minute or two between puffs if you really want to get the most flavor from this cigar.
This was a very sweet and chewy cigar that sold me right from the first puff. Even during the early stages of my My Father cigar review, I could tell that this particular cigar was going to be a complex smoke. Because different flavors come at you from all sides as it smokes, you have to keep your wits about you. The cigar opens up just past the halfway point where some peppery notes show up, but they don’t obscure the sweeter elements in the smoke. It’s certain that other cigar smokers will pick-up some flavors I didn’t, but the flavors I experienced I enjoyed immensely. During the last couple of inches the cigar turned a little sharp with more woodiness and less sweetness, but it was still enjoyable enough to nub at about 1½-inches.
If you want a great example of the fruit falling close to the tree, the My Father Cigars selection is it. Based on the extremely high ratings these cigars have accrued since their introduction, not to mention the fact that they have made the “Top-25 Best Cigars of the Year” list two years running in 2012 and 2013, Jaime Garcia has clearly established himself as one of the cigar industries leading blenders. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this selection to new cigar smokers, because it may be a little too complex for them to fully appreciate. But for the experienced cigar smoker, this selection definitely belongs on their wish list.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado/Criollo Hybrid
Presentation: Boxes / Packs / Singles