Cigar Review: My Father El Hijo
July 12, 2011 | By Dan Reeve
Today's cigar review is for the third installment of Smoke Inn's
fifteenth anniversary celebration releases. A little background: Smoke
Inn is a group of shops in Florida that commissioned some of today's top
manufacturers to make special releases for their fifteenth year in
business. Last November we had the Tatuaje Anarchy (which I reviewed here) and, in April, the Padron SI-15 (which I reviewed here). Now it's July and Abe (Owner of Smoke Inn) sent to me two of the next release -- 'the My Father El Hijo (translates to 'the son' in English).
The My Father El Hijo is a slightly box pressed robusto with a small open brush foot. From what I am told, it's similar to the My Father blend used in the full line releases, but with a specially-selected wrapper. There were only 650 boxes of these little guys made, so I suggest if you want some to put in a pre-order on Smoke Inn's website very soon.
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: 2009 Ecuadorian habano
Price: $9.75 in full boxes of 15
Smoking Location: New Havana Cigars
The My Father El Hijo is a beautiful looking cigar. The
wrapper is a nice medium brown tone with minimal veins and a
perfectly-hidden seam. The slight box press reminds me of what Padron
does to a lot of their cigars and it felt nice in my hand. I know they
left the foot of the cigar unfinished intentionally, so you can "get the
taste of the blend without the wrapper", but with about an eighth of an
inch unwrapped, how much of that is just going to burn off while
lighting the cigar? It looks interesting though, so no harm, no foul.
The pre-lit aroma was earthy and leathery. The cold draw tasted like
cedar with a touch of spice. The wrapper had a great cold draw flavor
that reminded me of dried fruit, or a citrus-y orange flavor. Very
Final Third and Final Thoughts
My final thoughts on the My Father El Hijo? This is the best release in the My Father line of cigars to date. I've smoked most of the releases in this line (including both years Limited Editions) and I think they all are sub-par to this one. The flavors in this stick were so strong, yet not overpowering, which made for a fantastic and enjoyable smoking experience. I would even go so far as to suggest making it the regular release blend, as Smoke Inn really has a winner on their hands here. Once these hit the market, I don't think they will last long.
Would I buy it again? I will be buying more of this cigar. This is a stick that I could smoke on a weekly basis. I love the size, too. Great for just over an hour of smoking time.
Would I buy a box? With the limited amount of these being made, I would hate to miss out on them. These are box-worthy.