La Duena was the brainchild of Janny Garcia, who is the daughter of master blender Don “Pepin” Garcia and is produced in the My Father Cigars factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The cigar was blended by Pete Johnson and was intended to be a lighter strength stick than most of the My Father lineup. “La Dueña” roughly translates to, “the owner”, and was first released in 2012 at the No Joke Smoke event in Hawaii.
La Dueña Cigar Breakdown
- Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
- Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf & Nicaraguan
- Filler: Connecticut Broadleaf & Nicaraguan
- Factory: My Father Cigars S.A. (Estelí, Nicaragua)
- Vitola: 6″ × 42 Petit Lancero No. 7
- Production: Regular Production
- Price: $7
I absolutely love the band on the La Dueña. It is simple, classy, and definitely stands out in your humidor. The stick itself is quite firm, with a little sponginess when given a squeeze. The toothy wrapper is a very dark, coffee bean brown and is coated in an oily sheen. It is a fairly rough looking, veiny cigar with a nipple cap. The cigar smells of barnyard broadleaf and earthiness, and once cut, the cold draw definitely gives hints of coffee and chocolate.
La Dueña does not start off with a huge blast of “Pepin pepper” that one comes to expect with a My Father or Tatuaje-made cigar. There are big notes of cocoa and sweetness from the broadleaf all through the first half and some slight black pepper on the retrohale.
In the second half, the cocoa sweetness dulls out just a bit but the broadleaf is still persistent and is joined with a lot more creaminess as the cigar burns down to the nub. The black pepper on the retrohale is very present and La Dueña is nicely balanced from first light to finish.
Would I Smoke This Cigar Again?
For sure. This is an excellent Sunday morning smoke with a coffee and newspaper – a great way to start your day without breaking the bank.
- Not a lot of complexity