Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua*
Filler : Nicaragua*
Binder : Nicaragua*
Price : event only release (MSRP: $10)
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Beginning in 2011, the My Father Cigar Company began handing out special cigars to customers that purchased boxes at events. The My Father Special S is rumored to be based on the company’s very-limited 2007 release El Centurion. The sample smoked for review was one from a package of three I received after purchasing a box of My Father Cigars. As I began searching and asking for information on the blend, the closest answer I got is that the blend is based off the original El Centurion blend which is a Nicaraguan puro. Interestingly, there are actually two special “event-only” cigars that My Father Produces; the Special “S” and the Special “S” White Label. I was told by a very reputable dealer that the “White label” will stay an event only release, while you can find a few dealers that sell the “Special S” in boxes of three, which retail for about $30 a box.
Like a vast majority of the My Father cigars that I have smoked the Speical “S” was near perfect in appearance. Beautiful wrapper with just a few thick veins, and a classic triple-cap. An interesting note about the sample that I chose for review, the tobacco used for the cap was extremely lighter in color then the rest of the cigar almost a different shade entirely.
Evenly packed without soft spots, the Special “S” had great weight for the size. Draw was spot on without any resistance and the cigar featured excellent smoke production. Ash was dark gray/ black and hung on for inches at a time, breaking off in nice even chunks. Burn stayed perfect throughout, never needing attention or re-lighting.
Despite being very good in every other area the Special “S” really let me down in the flavor department for a majority of the smoke. The cigar opened with a very acidic, nutty flavor that was harsh on the palate and required an almost constant rinse after each puff. The flavor continued for the first and second thirds, with much needed relief entering toward the last third (just under two inches). The nuttiness became the dominant note with cream replacing the acidic/harsh note, there was also a touch of cinnimon and leather that made the profile quite enjoyable.
Value is hard to put a finger on because of the sources with which you can use to get the stick, as well as the overall performance. If you are able to find a three pack deal with a box purchase of My Father Cigars, then the Special “S” is a good value for money even with the “mixed” flavor profile. If you find a box of three and purchase it for $30 then, in my opinion, you are paying too much for the cigar.
Overall Rating : (2.75)
I have mixed feelings about the My Father Special “S”; I’ve talked to people that have really enjoyed the cigar, but the sample that I smoked wasn’t great. I’m guessing that the box I sampled was fresh and needs a little time to rest. I will be holding onto the other samples that I have and revisiting them after a nice long stay in my humidor. Even though the batch that I smoked my have been bad the consistancy of the line isn’t enough for me to give it a rave review, despite the postive praise. Happy Smoking.
* No offical blend profile was released; I'm guessing the blend based on the original line the cigar was based.