February 2020 Cigar Reveal


My Father - Flor de Las Antillas

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Brand My Father
Cigar Flor de Las Antillas
Wrapper Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Description Cuba is the largest of the Greater Antilles islands. Because of its beauty it has earned the name "Flor de las Antillas". In its honor, the Garcia family has decided to put that name on this amazing and unique creation, combining a great cigar with a design that includes accents from the original art created in the early 1900s, packed in a box of 20 cigars. It is a 3/4 to Full-Bodied cigar Box-Pressed of a sun grown wrapper harvested in Las Marias farm, in Esteli, Nicaragua, owned and operated by the Garcia Family. This cigar is blended with several Cuban tobacco seeds, making it smooth and creamy. It starts with the signature My Father spice and has a rich cocoa flavor. It produces a beautiful white ash giving it a great finish.This cigar has given the company its largest and dreamed recognition, to be included in the list of the top 25 cigars of the year 2012, as the number 1.        - My Father Cigars
Review: Cigar Aficionado
The story of Cigar Aficionado's 2012 Cigar of the Year begins in Cuba, the island home of José "Pepin" Garcia, his son Jaime and daughter, Janny. Pepin began rolling cigars at the age of 11 in his hometown of Baez. He rose to prominence in Cuba as a talented cigarmaker, but yearned for freedom and opportunity. They eventually made their way to Miami where they began producing cigars. Their beginnings were humble: the factory was tiny, with all of a dozen rollers, and they didn't own the entire operation. But they had their first taste of glory with the Tatuaje brand, which they made for Pete Johnson. It brought critical acclaim as well as increasing demand, which led the family to venture out on its own, eventually constructing the massive and gorgeous My Father Cigars S.A. factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Today, Pepin focuses his energies on growing tobacco in Nicaragua, trying various seed varieties. They released the Flor de Las Antillas brand in May 2012, using a variety of Nicaraguan tobaccos, their trademark double binder and a wrapper leaf grown in the open sunlight. The standout of the four-size brand is the Toro, which has a gentle, rounded box press and a beautiful and evenly colored wrapper. The smokes are delicious from the first puff, with notes of nutmeg, white pepper and just enough strength without being overpowering. They are hard to put down. They are classics, 96-point smokes on our 100-point scale. The Garcias have worked long and hard since coming to the United States, coming a long way in a very short time. Their cigars have made numerous appearances on Cigar afiCionado's Top 25 list, but this is the first time they have won Cigar of the Year.
Review: Cigar Coop
The Flor de las Antillas provides an outstanding cigar experience.  Not only does it boost the My Father Cigars’ line with a medium/medium cigar, but it delivers one of the better medium/medium cigars for 2012.   This is the perfect cigar for the novice enthusiast looking for a flavorful, well-balanced cigar.  Experienced cigar enthusiasts should appreciate the flavors that the the Flor de las Antillas delivers.  As for myself, not only would I smoke this cigar again, but I would consider it worthy for a box purchase.

Drew Estate - Herrera Esteli

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Brand Drew Estate
Cigar Herrera Esteli
Wrapper Ecuador (Habano)
Binder Honduras
Filler Nicaragua
Description Drew Estate made their way into the premium (non-flavored) cigar industry by mostly making cigars authentically Nicaraguan. That is, bold, strong, spicy smokes that Esteli gained fame from in the last twenty years. But when they hired Willy Herrera from El Titan de Bronze nearly ten years ago to blend their cigars, they wanted something different. And from the packaging, the marketing, and especially the flavor itself, it's clear what they wanted was a vintage Cuban-esque cigar: rich, earthy, woody and balanced. In 2014 Cigar Aficionado placed it at #8 on their Top 25 Cigars of the Year list, and since then Herrera has created all kinds of unique versions of the same (Herrera Esteli Norteño, Miami, Brazilian Maduro, Habana Special Edition). And while all are worthy of a space in your humidor, for the palate that prefers a more subtle, flavorful smoke, look no further than the original.
Review: Cigar Aficionado
(2014 Top 25 Cigars of the Year 🏆) The draw of this attractive, three-seam robusto is lush and flawless. Sweet almond notes are balanced by earth and leather, though the finish is dry and woody.
Review: Cigar Coop
The Herrera Esteli is being positioned as Cubanesque and that is exactly how this cigar smokes.  The difference is while this might smoke like a Cuban, it has all of the quality that Central and South American tobacco brings to the table.  This cigar reminded me that I can really get a great cigar experience from a classic flavor profile.   The interesting thing is that this cigar could be a game-changer for the cigar industry as we could see the beginnings of a throwback movement to more classic flavor profiles.   This is a cigar I’d not only recommend to the novice or experienced cigar enthusiast, but to the cigar smoker who only smokes Cuban tobacco.   As for myself, this cigar is certainly worthy of a box purchase.