This weeks review is of the My Father Special in robusto size. The My Father line is a bit of a departure from the typical cigars that we review here at Straight Up Cigars. It my be the highest end cigar we have reviewed. This posed new challenges, especially with our “would I buy a box” category. I feel like we worked it out well, and you can read more about that in the full review found below. Anyways, the My Father Special had excellent pre-light construction, smelled great, and looked even better. Once lit, all three of our cigars burned perfectly all the way down and produced a lot of smoke. The flavors were complex and spectacular! It was a pleasant full bodied cigar, and full strength too. We all three loved it and felt it was worth the high price. It scored well and we suggest you give it a try!
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Really nice aged earthy smell to this one. The wrapper has just 1 medium sized vein, nice looking and smelling cigar.
IamDarren: agreed, nice and earthy with a hint of sweetness.
IamDarren: flawless construction here, perfect triple cap.
Terry1: It does look nice. I know nothing about this cigar. Darren is going to have to give me the details about the cigar and blend.
Terry1: Why is this cigar special?
StraightUpCigars – Matt: My draw is a bit airy after cutting, we will have so see how it does when lit.
IamDarren: they tried to be very traditional with the blending and the entubado style rolling.
IamDarren: My Father is excellent in terms of quality, construction, and complexity. This blend consists of specially selected tobacco grown at the most prestigious farms in Esteli, Nicaragua. The wrapper is a beautiful Ecuadorian grown Habano-Rosado leaf, which is combined with a Nicaraguan binder to create a full-bodied complexity that is earthy with spicy undertones but expels a phenomenal aroma. Each size comes packaged in elegant boxes of 23, all featuring an old Cuban-style presentation.
IamDarren: i also get a very easy draw
Terry1: Perfect! Thank you. Looking forward to the phenomenal aroma!
IamDarren: these have a simpler band and are a limited production robusto not available for box purchase.
IamDarren: everything else (wrapper, filler, construction) is the same
IamDarren: you guys ready to light up?
Terry1: Mine is airy too. Don’t really taste anything but a generic tobacco on the cold draw.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yep, lighting now.
IamDarren: lit very easy, gobs of smoke. Lots of earth and spice from the first puff.
Terry1: Boy that’s good. Lot’s of flavors to start out. Spice, earth, slight sweetness, a citrus sourness on the finish. Very nice.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Good start over here. Lots of creamy and earthy smoke with a very spicy finish.
IamDarren: lots of complexity coming through now. Little pepper in the sinus. A very light, refreshing sweetness. Decent amount of spice in the back of my mouth. And it seems like the easy draw is not watering the flavor down like you would expect. Must be that “entubar” method.
Terry1: Spice in the retrohale is a little strong for me. The draw is about perfect. It tightened as it heated up. I’m getting lots of smoke with a slight resistence.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I am definitely gettign a lot of the fruity bitterness that Terry described. Very complex smoke.
IamDarren: burn seems to be doing quite well, not perfect but very good. Ash is holding tight.
IamDarren: however, i’m almost a half inch in already so i don’t think this one will last very long.
Terry1: I’m having trouble identifing the flavors. I take a puff and get something I can’t quite figure out. I take another puff and I get a different note. It’s all good thou.
IamDarren: no doubt, flavor wise this thing is outstanding.
Terry1: I’m thinking it’s some kind of wood note, like a sweet cedar.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: My first ash just dropped when setting it down. My burn is perfectly straight, though. I agree with you Darren, it’s a fast burner.
IamDarren: with the sweetness im getting it seems a lot like maple syrup only not very thick… if that makes sense.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I agree with the maple syrup comment, interesting. Like cedar soaked in maple syrup
IamDarren: there ya go, we got this one nailed down.
IamDarren: my ash is still holding at an inch. I’ve also noticed how bright the cherry gets when i take a draw. Interesting considering how mellow the body is.
Terry1: Construction is doing very well. Yeah the end really glows!
IamDarren: spice is mellowing out now. Still getting that sweet tangy note.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: What is the retail price on these?
IamDarren: this 3 pack is going for 28 bucks. Some sites are giving them away with a box purchase. The retail on the regular line is somewhat higher.
IamDarren: so about 9 to 12 bucks depending on size.
Terry1: Thanks for picking this one out for us! I’m glad it’s smoking like a $10 cigar. I’m really enjoying this so far.
IamDarren: glad to hear it
StraightUpCigars – Matt: It really does play the part of a high end cigar, thanks Darren.
Terry1: Is it too early to say WOW? I’m already thinking I need to buy some more of these.
IamDarren: what would you guys call the body on this one? I’m thinking medium/full.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I consider it full, a very pleasant full.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I’m a little over halfway now. Mine is developing a strong pepper flavor. Very good.
Terry1: I’m thinking the spice and pepper have mellowed some for me. I’m picking up the cedar and sweetness more.
IamDarren: they also make a cedros deluxe and a Le Bijou line. They are all about the same price. From what i can tell the Cedros Deluxe is the same cigar that has been aged with a cedar sleeve. The Le Bejou uses a very rare Palo de Oro wrapper.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I remember reading good things about the le bijou, plus I like the name – not spanish like most
Terry1: This is my first My Father and I’m thinking I need to try some of the other blends.
Terry1: I’m starting to feel a little strength now. I’m nearing the end of the second third.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yeah, I’m in the final third. It definitely has some strength, but I am not complaining.
IamDarren: the resting smoke is very interesting. If you just smelled it you would think it was a powerhouse. Its very stong and pungent. But mine is still quite mellow, not get much spice or pepper.
Terry1: Okay I’m whimping out. I’m switching from water to cola before my head starts swimming too much.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Mine definitely has the spice and pepper, and I am liking it. Maybe Darren is back on track with his picks!
Terry1: He’s definately raised the bar for the rest of us! Very good cigar. Nice full flavors and perfect construction. Can’t ask for much else.
Terry1: Well I guess it could cost a dollar.
IamDarren: lol, no shit. For this price i can’t afford to be hit and miss.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yeah, we should email them and let them know these should be $1.
IamDarren: be sure and let me know how they respond to that one
IamDarren: i think Jose Garcia would reach out of the computer and strangle you.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: It would be worth it then!
IamDarren: going into the last third now, starting to get a little pepper now in the back of the throat. Strength is creaping up a little. I am also starting to feel it a little…..where the heck did that come from?
Terry1: So how do you rate the box purchase? With your experience or with your wallet?
IamDarren: since we are not Cigar Afficianado i think we have to factor the value in a little.
IamDarren: damn! there was a pepper blast. Whew, almost made me a little light headed. There has to be some ligero in this stick.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: The box purchase thing is all up to you. I rate it as “assuming I had the money to spare, would I buy this box?”
Terry1: I like the value idea. I personnally would have a hard time buying a box but I think the value is there if you did have the money to buy it.
IamDarren: so your saying if the cigar rates high in the other categories then you close your eyes when you hit the “buy now” button… 200 bucks is hard to ignore.
IamDarren: put it this way. I can buy 3 boxes of Diesel Unlimiteds for that price.
Terry1: That’s a good point. Something I always consider when I make my purchases.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: This one blows the diesel unlimited out of the water, IMO.
IamDarren: really, you rated that one pretty darn high. You must REALLY like this one.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I would put this at something like a 3/5. If I had $200 set away for cigars, it certainly would be on my radar, especially when you consider all of the camachos, montes, etc. that are nearing $200 a box
StraightUpCigars – Matt: The unlimited was awesome, and the value puts it above most others. IMO this is a better cigar, just 3x more expensive.
IamDarren: just goes to show that sometimes you get what you pay for
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Sometimes you do, most of the time you don’t
StraightUpCigars – Matt: That is the whole mindset behind SUC, if I were in the market for a box of high ends, this would be the one to pull the trigger on.
Terry1: Agree. I’ve had several $10 cigars that didn’t live up to the price. This one is a keeper even at this price.
IamDarren: i tend to put cigars in three categories “yard gar” “everyday smoke” and “premium”. Obviously a great yard gar can’t touch a premium most of the time but if I want a great yard gar it has to be cheap. So this cigar fits the bill as a great premium.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: The “if” in my last statement was very big IF
IamDarren: the Diesel is at the top of my “everyday smoke” category.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I always try to forget my personal opinions on smokes to a certain degree. For instance, mild cigars are not my favorite category, but I try to think like a mild cigar smoker when I review one in order to cater to everybody.
IamDarren: i used to be that way until Terry came along . Now i just skip them and let him review them.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: lol!
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Here we are 1.5 hours later and mine is still billowing smoke. I’m pleasantly surprised at the smoke time. I will be setting it down in just a minute though.
Terry1: That’s what I like. Keep your hands off! But I think I have found a few worthy milder cigars.
IamDarren: I was just thinking about that. I wonder if they didn’t start with viso and seco and then work some ligero into the cigar in the last half.
Terry1: I just think it takes time for the nicotine to build up.
IamDarren: true, but the pepper goes hand in hand with ligero. We didn’t get hardly any in the first third then it picked up at the end.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yeah, true Terry, I think it could be a combo of what you and darren are saying.
IamDarren: i know for a fact that a lot of the more premium brands do it. You waste a lot more tobacco, but then they charge more for the cigar.
Terry1: I’m finished. Great cigar! The cola helped a lot keeping the strength manageable for me.
IamDarren: regardless this is a very well blended stick and probably deserves the high price.
IamDarren: i am also putting mine down, started to get dry a the nub. Lost all of its sweetness.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yeah, mine is pooped. I’m going to rate.
Terry1: Great discussion tonight on price versus value. Very interesting.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Very nice! What a hit tonight’s was. It was a good discussion