My Father Cigars is one of those brands that is constantly represented on “Top Cigar” lists, usually having at least one cigar on most of the yearly “Top 25” rankings. They are a brand steeped in history and it seems like they always have something new on the market. The My Father booth is high on our list when we make our way to the annual IPCPR/PAC trade show in Las Vegas. They are basically a juggernaut in the cigar industry. Speaking of the trade show, you can check out my interview with My Father Cigars Sales Executive Yosef Joudeh here. The highlight of this video is when I decided that funner was a word and this was a great time for me to use it. Good times.

The latest release from My Father Cigars is called La Promesa, which translates to The Promise—as in, Cigar Dojo, I promise that I will write more reviews moving forward… The cigar debuted at the IPCPR/PAC trade show in July of 2019 and hit retailers in August.

My Father La Promesa cigars IPCPR 2019

My Father La Promesa Toro Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Rosado Oscuro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father Cigars S.A. (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Vitola: 6″ × 52 (Toro)
  • Price: $9.20 (MSRP)

La Promesa follows the company’s familiar format of showcasing Nicaraguan, García-grown tobaccos throughout the binder and filler. The wrapper ingredient is typically the defining feature, with La Promesa donning a new Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Oscuro-shade leaf. The cigar’s name is in reference to the promise that Don Pepín García (founder of My Father Cigars) made to his family when emigrating from his home country of Cuba. This was to honor the García name and the family’s tobacco legacy—a promise that was delivered through the many farms and factories owned by the Garcías throughout Nicaragua and the USA today.

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La Promesa is available in five different vitolas:

  • Petite: 4½” x 50 | $7.80
  • Corona Gorda: 5½” x 48 | $8.20
  • Robusto Grande: 5½” x 54 | $8.50
  • Toro: 6″ x 52 | $9.20
  • Lancero: 7½” x 38 | $10.00

Appearance

Holy ornate bands, Batman! Yeah, there are a lot of bands on this cigar. La Promesa is rockin’ the standard My Father band, along with a “La Promesa” secondary band AND a pink/salmon-colored ribbon on the foot. There is a lot going on and I love it! I love me some pink and the My Father band is one of my favorites on the market. It just oozes classic and ornate cigar awesomeness.

The Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Ocsuro wrapper is oily and beautiful as well. The two cigars that I smoked for this review were a bit more oscuro than rosado, but beautiful nonetheless.

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Smoking Experience

La Promesa’s wrapper gave off notes of peppercorn, leather, and hay, with a faint barnyard aroma. The foot offered notes of baking spice, sweet cinnamon, and nutmeg, while the cold draw tasted of cinnamon toast.

The first thing I wrote in my notes was “interesting start.” This was due to an assortment of caramel, mild milk chocolate, and nuts throughout the first third, with a bright white pepper kick on the retrohale. The nutty flavor was in the driver’s seat for the first two inches. The rest of the flavor notes were a distant second to the nutty characteristics and the white-pepper-filled retro. It was a pleasant beginning and I was looking forward to some transitions.

My Father La Promesa Toro review

The middle third was pretty much the same as the first. Nutty notes were running wild and the white pepper continued its domination of the nostrils. There were some notes of chocolate and caramel, but they were not highlighted and were not gaining any strength. A creamy cedar note arrived at the midpoint and was a welcomed addition. The strength and body picked up a bit crossing the halfway mark, verging into medium-plus territory.

The final third was a bit disappointing, unfortunately. Earthy notes picked up and a bitterness kicked in as things came to a close. My second experience smoking La Promesa was a carbon copy of the first. The flavors and transitions were exactly the same.

My Father La Promesa Toro cigar ash

Would I Smoke This Cigar Again?

I would, but I don’t feel the need to stock up.

Additional Info
  • Small amounts of La Promesa were released back in 2016, before the FDA’s final deeming rule.
  • Available in 20-count boxes.
  • All binder and filler tobaccos came from the García’s farms in Nicaragua.
  • Binder and filler tobaccos are Corojo, Criollo and Habano.
  • All tobaccos used were fermented for at least two years.
  • Only three pairs (roller and bunchero) are making the Lancero-sized La Promesa at the My Father factory.

Profile
  • Flavor: Medium
  • Strength: Medium-plus
  • Body: Medium-plus
Core Flavors
  • Nuts
  • White pepper
  • Milk chocolate
  • Creamy cedar
  • Caramel
Tips
  • Smoke Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes
  • Pairing Recommendation: Creamed coffee | Brown ale | Coffee porter | Root beer | Manhattan cocktail
  • Purchase Recommendation: Grab one or two from your local B&M and see what you think

My Father La Promesa Toro cigar nub finished

My Father La Promesa Toro
La Promesa is a good cigar, but it isn’t a great cigar. It was very consistent and checks in at a reasonable price point. Honestly, I wanted to like it more than I did, but the lack of any palate-gripping "it factor" gives little reason for purchase in this highly competitive price range. However, there is something to be said for consistency, and La Promesa seems to know its role, performing on cue with pinpoint accuracy.
Appearance90%
Burn/Construction89%
Draw90%
Flavor87%
Complexity82%
Price/Value86%
Pros
  • Nice flavor
  • Consistent
  • Well-constructed
Cons
  • A bit one-dimensional
  • Lack of "it factor"
87%Solid if Unspectacular
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