It was 2007 when My Father Cigars first introduced the legendary El Centurion blend. The cigars were limited to 850 boxes of 20 and quickly gained attention for their supreme flavor. The cigars were said to be Pepin’s personal blend, having a profile similar to Cuban cigars of yesteryear. To satisfy El Centurion-hungry customers, My Father began producing the S Special, which is a similar blend that is only available at My Father events. In 2013, My Father introduced a new version of El Centurion, a regular-production cigar having the same name as the original, with a new blend aimed for a more affordable price range.
This brings us to the 2015 IPCPR, where My Father unveiled a new variant under the El Centurion name—El Centurion H-2K-CT. The cigar gets its unusual name from its wrapper, which is quite unusual as well. The acronym stands for Habano 2000 Connecticut and what this means is that My Father has taken a Cuban seed tobacco and successfully grown it in the Connecticut River Valley, an area traditionally known for Connecticut Shade & Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers—this wrapper is said to be proprietary to My Father. The rest of the blend is only slightly tweaked from the 2013 El Centurion to compliment the new wrapper.
My Father El Centurion H-2K-CT Breakdown
- Wrapper: USA Connecticut Hybrid H-2K-CT
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Factory: My Father Cigars S.A. (Estelí, Nicaragua)
- Production: Regular release
- Vitola: 5.5″ x 48 Corona
- Price: $7
The H-2K-CT has been released in two sizes (5 1/2″ x 48 Corona & 6″ x 52 Toro), both are box-pressed and feature an additional sub-band and foot ribbon. With the additional bands, the cigars are covered nearly head to toe, with a very luxurious and gaudy appearance. With a fairly tight press, the cigars feel well-made (no surprise) with a very springy construction. The wrapper has an orange/gold hue and toothy appearance—interesting because you typically find this on thick broadleaf wrappers. Light, thick veins run throughout the wrapper, taking away from its otherwise stellar appearance.
After removing the additional bands, the cigar shows aromatic notes of cedar and citrus on the wrapper, and light pepper and leather on the foot. An absolute perfect draw unloads heaps of smoke from first puff. The smoke is chalky and mouthwatering (literally, your mouth will be watering) with flavors of table cream, coffee, cashew nuts, and a touch of spice in the retrohale.
Soon the cigar shows a deeper complexity of milk chocolate and a syrupy flavor that at first comes across as root beer, before I soon realize it’s actually more of a Cola flavor. One of my favorite aspects at this point is a very distinct saltiness on the tongue when pressed against the open tobacco. At only 1″ into the cigar, I found myself needing to touchup a canoeing wrapper, unfortunately this would not be the last touchup.
Moving through the second-third, the flavors are now full blast! The body is medium and the strength is picking up, now around medium/medium+. The ash is a darker, dusty gray (just how it should be) and holds a solid 1.5″ before falling. This portion of the cigar develops into what I found to be the sweet spot of the cigar—it showed similar flavors but with more intensity and an amazing finish. This may have been the cigar’s strongest aspect, a long and building, sweet finish, with notes of vanilla, cream, nougat, and sweet coffee. There is almost no noticeable spice at this point.
Rounding out the experience, I found the creaminess subsided a little, having a more toasty profile. There is a slight resurgence of spice, though it’s now darker and it develops on the palate rather than the retrohale. Barnyard hay, buttered toast, and dark spice carry the cigar to its conclusion.
Would I smoke this cigar again?
Definitely, I really enjoyed the full, smooth and creamy flavors here. It’s not too strong either, I could see myself enjoying this at any time of day, preferably at late afternoon or to start a HERF. I’d have no problem buying a box of these with their ridiculously affordable price point.
- Full flavors throughout
- Extremely long and satisfying finish
- Great price value
- Multiple touchups required
- Final third doesn’t live up to the first two