My Father Limited Edition 2010

My Father Limited Edition 2010

Origin : NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $10+ each
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This is a cigar I’ve been eagerly awaiting since I heard it will feature some of Pepin’s Pelo de Oro leaf. What’s Pelo de Oro? Meaning “golden hair”, PdO is the grandfather to the modern day Corojo wrapper. According to Tobacconist University:

It is usually a reference to a potent Cuban cigar varietal which was popular in the early and middle 20th Century. This tobacco could be used for wrapper and filler as well, but is disease prone and can infest entire crops and regions so it is rarely grown today. Pelo de Oro can be considered a ‘campesino’ or ‘guajiro’ tobacco since many agricultural workers grow and smoke it to this day – especially in the central part of Cuba. It is known for being quite strong and flavorful as well as sweet.

It has been rumored to still be grown on the island (as recent as 2007) though officially banned, but also is grown in Costa Rica for Phillip Wynn of Felipe Gregorio and more recently, Pepin Garcia acquired some to be grown on his farm in Nicaragua. Due to its susceptibility to mold and other issues, Pepin has vowed that this (and the 2009 Tatuaje Verite) will be the only time this leaf will be used. To make this cigar even more desirable is that they were rolled by Pepin himself – supposedly for the last time!

The cigar is resented in a very nice lacquered coffin and the band has to be 5 inches long. It almost covers up the whole cigar.

The wrapper is somewhat wrinkled, but on the whole it feels solid and firm to the touch.

The pre-light draw is nice and easy and it takes the flame well.

Right from the first puff, you can tell it’s a Pepin. That characteristic pepper and (to me) sour quality is there from the start. Unfortunately for me, this is not something I tend to gravitate towards. And for the hefty price, I was looking for something a bit more.

But my worries were assuaged as I continued to smoke the cigar. All of a sudden it opened up and gone was the sour pepper and instead was replaced by lots of leather and coffee. It starts out gangbusters but evolves into a refined and rewarding smoke.

Through the last half it seemed that each puff tasted unique. There was loads of coffee, anise, leather, cedar, espresso, and cocoa present at different times and in different quantities.

While I thoroughly enjoyed the last half of the cigar, I was still looking for a new characteristic that would lead me to think, “Hey, that’s the Pelo de Oro talking there”. I will be interested to see how the Tatuaje Verite 2009 tastes to see if I can draw any similarities there.

Overall it was a good cigar, I didn’t care for the first half as there was nothing unique there and the price tag is pretty steep there, so I have a hard time giving it a real high score. But don’t let the score obscure the fact that the second half of this cigar was excellent.

Rating: 88 (B+)

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