My Father Cigars has rounded out its portfolio of cigar blends with its first full production Connecticut shade cigar. Now this is technically not their first Connecticut cigar produced. My Father Cigars have successfully released the Jaime Garcia Reserva LE 2012 and the San Cristobal Elegancia, which is blended by the Garcia family for Ashton cigars.
The MF Connecticut is blended with Nicaraguan Habano and Criollo fillers, a Criollo ’99 binder and is draped in a beautiful, light tan Ecuadorian Connecticut seed wrapper that has a clean, elegant appearance with slight, noticeable veins. The band and art work is identical to the Le Bijou 1922 design with exception to the second band having a bright orange/ copper color scheme. It is my understanding that one of the tobaccos in this blend goes through a special fermentation process that enhances the aroma and flavor of the tobacco. And I will say, once this cigar is removed from its cello, there is certainly a strong pleasant tobacco aroma. For this review I smoked the Toro (6 ½ x 54), but the MF CT is also available in a Robusto (5 ¼ x 52), Corono Gorda (6 x 48) and Toro Gordo (6 x 60) vitolas. The price points range from $6.95 – $8.05.
Once cut, the dry pull offers sweet tobacco and earthiness. Let’s see what happens when this beauty is toasted and lit. As we progress into the first few minutes of the first third, there is a heavy raw walnut flavor accompanied by white pepper. The middle of the first third opens the door to mild creaminess, tea and vegetal notes with a slight sweetness. There is a good amount of smoke produced by this Connecticut, along with a great aroma of freshly cracked walnut shells that lingers in the air. Unlike other Connecticut cigars, this one starts off medium-minus in strength, with good flavor depth and smoothness on the palate.
Retrohale: tea and white pepper.
In the second third, the heavy raw walnut flavor is shelved and replaced by predominantly woody profile followed by mild cream, mineral, white pepper (that has toned down considerably) alongside a subtle sweet buttery note. Despite the changes in flavor profile, I was beginning to pick up a very slow and gradual increase in the overall strength of the cigar. During this third, the flavors previously mentioned stayed consistent throughout this third.
The retrohale developed some complexity with earth/mineral, pepper, floral and nutty notes.
As we enter the final third, you are reminded that this a Don Pepin blend when you are hit with a much stronger pepper zing that really gives your tongue the tingles. Forget about the gradual increase in strength (in the 2nd third), this experience just made an unexpected left turn when my mental GPS said, “Go straight!” Towards the middle of this third, floral and mineral notes introduce themselves and soften the pepper blast on the palate a bit. The strength at the end of the cigar just cleared the Medium + range.
Retrohale: Pepper, pepper, pepper!
Would I smoke this cigar again?
Yes, I can totally see myself in the morning sitting back with a café con leche (or espresso) and a My Father Connecticut and enjoying the early part of my day.
- Near-perfect construction
- Deep complexity
- Big smoke output
- Some samples showed a tight draw
- First third doesn't live up to rest of cigar