August 25, 2012

Flor de Las Antillas Toro by My Father (6x52)

Video review HERE.

The Flor de las Antillas is the new cigar from My Father Cigars. The name means ’Flower of the Antilles’ which refers to Cuba, the largest island in the Greater Antilles islands, and also home to the Garcia family’s cigar making heritage.

This cigar is all box pressed. In fact, it's the first all box pressed cigar from My Father Cigars. Plus, the cigar makes a departure from the usual full bodied cigars that Pepin is known for. This cigar represents a venture into the medium bodied market.

Flor de las Antillas has a dark brown Nicaraguan Sun Grown wrapper surrounding Nicaraguan binder and filler.

All My Father cigars are triple capped, of course.

And you can see it has nice density.

The test draw, after cutting the cap at a slight angle, was a little firm. After light up the initial flavors were intense pepper, orange citrus notes, and wood. So, I let it sit for a minute.

About 1/2 inch in the flavors have settled down a bit. They are now grapefruit citrus combining with cedar. There are also leather notes with wood and the pepper remains very good. The finish is one of cream with just a touch of lingering pepper.

Just a bit further, possible 1 inch in the first flavor you get is cream. When you take the smoke in and expel it through your nose the first thing you taste is cream. It quickly changes to the grapefruit citrus, cedar, leather, and wood. The pepper is quite good and is everywhere. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.

About 2 1/2 inches  in the leather notes have gotten much more intense. They still come in third in flavors (cream, followed by citrus/cedar, then leather) but they are quite strong. The finish is rather short. It is still one of cream but it does not last very long.

With a couple inches left I must update you on the burn. It has been very even the entire cigar. The cedar notes are now more prominent. The grapefruit citrus has decreased. The leather notes are also still intense and they combine with the wood notes to give the cigar some darkness. The cigar is still medium bodied but it's at the far reaches of the medium range.

As the cigar wound down the leather became the primary flavor I got. You also still had some wood notes combining with the leather. The cedar is still there but the grapefruit citrus has all but disappeared. The pepper remained very good. The finish stayed about the same.

This cigar did not achieve any richness, which is one thing I look for in a good cigar. I found this cigar to have some Pepin qualities but the lack of richness kept the score down. I had one other of these cigars prior to this review and it was the same. The cigar was good but not great.

Score: 88


Anonymous said...

Is there going to a Cigar Sit Down at Hemingway's this Fall?

Tiny Tim said...

Saturday, November 3rd; noon until...