(#18 Cigar 2020) The Garcia family surprised the cigar world when it announced in 2019 that it bought the trademark for Fonseca, a cigar that had been made in the Dominican Republic for the U.S. market since the 1970s. What wasn’t as surprising is that the Garcias’ version turned out to be quite delicious, especially the Petit Corona. Now that it’s produced at the My Father Cigars factory in Estelí, Fonseca is currently enjoying a renaissance as an all-Nicaraguan composition. The tobaccos, including the Corojo ’99 wrapper, were grown by the Garcias. The Petit Corona shows a dense smoke of gingerbread and toast balanced by a piquant hint of ground red pepper—a spicy Garcia signature that lets you know Fonseca now belongs to them.
...the My Father Cigars revamp was a pleasurable and flavorful cigar from foot to nub. The medium to full strength cigar started with a developing dark chocolate and cinnamon sensation. The flavors continued to evolve and transition in a well balanced 90 minute journey.
My Father Cigars did a fantastic job with the Fonseca brand. I like the fact they didn’t just try to recreate the old Quesada blends, but instead put their own spin on things. While the Fonseca by My Father Robusto is not an overly complex cigar, it’s nuanced and balanced with flavors that are going to keep you interested from start to finish. This is a cigar I could certainly give to any cigar enthusiast. As for myself, it’s a cigar I would smoke again and buy multiples for the humidor. At 90 points, the Fonseca by My Father Robusto earns the Cigar Coop Standard of Excellence.