Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $135.00 per box
More info about purchasing My Father Le Bijou cigars...
Le Bijou, French for "the jewel" was a blend created by Jose Don Pepin Garcia to honor his late father after Jose's son, Jamie, created the original My Father blend to honor him. 1922 refers to the year of Jose's father's birth. The new blend utilizes a Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper in contrast to the original My Father series which uses an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The wrapper change gives Le Bijou a fuller body and more depth of flavor. I want to send a shout out to Jeremy Soares of My Father Cigars and everybody over at buttheadstobacco.com for making this review possible.
The first puffs bring sweet cream and wood with a touch of coffee and cocoa. Soon a tingle of pepper develops and spreads across the roof of the mouth, becoming more pronounced for the first third. It doesn't take long for this cigar to truly open up, bringing notes of hickory to compete with sweet cream, wood, and substantial spice. The middle portion of this cigar is wonderful, full of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. The final third is absolute heaven. The spice kicks back up and every flavor is present with small puffs, anchored by a base of sweet cocoa. I burned my fingers on the nub!
The burn is not razor sharp but it's close to it. It's such a small cigar with such a free draw that IF YOU OVER-PUFF, IT WILL BURN FUNNY. But if you take your time and puff slowly, you'll be rewarded with a virtually perfect burn and overwhelmingly delicious flavors. As for the ash, the two times I set the cigar down in the ashtray, it rolled and broke the ash. However, before that the ash held well and based on the dozens of other Le Bijous I've had I'd say this ash would have been substantial had it not been set down.
The cigar is reasonably firm, but not rock hard, showing a little give when squeezed gently. There are no tears on the wrapper and the foot is densely packed, utilizing the entubar method, which ensures a perfect draw despite the dense packing of tobacco. The head showcases a clean triple cap, which pops right off with little effort from my guillotine cutter. The draw is absolutely perfect all the way through.
Cost Efficiency :
Box price on these sticks runs from 130 to 170. Singles run from 7 to 9 dollars. Would most consider this an everyday smoke? No. But if you can get a box for under 150 they're a great afternoon and after lunch smoke. If not, 8 dollars and change is a small price to pay to get a crack at one of these beauties. For 6 dollars a pop (box price) it's a no-brainer.
Overall Rating :
This is a cigar that if given the choice, I'd smoke over most every other cigar on the market. It's got a richness and complexity of flavor that rivals, though doesn't exceed, that of the Padron Anniversary Maduros. The construction properties are wonderful and the burn/ash is nothing to complain about either. If you haven't already, you're going to want to try this one.