Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo ‘99
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano, Criollo
Size: 6 x 48 “Corona Gorda”
Price: $7.50 ($6.52 at Small Batch Cigar minus 10% Katman10 discount = $5.87)
Today we take a look at the brand new My Father Connecticut.
Thanks to Small Batch Cigar for the samples.
Who doesn’t like My Father cigars? Go sit in the corner if your answer is no.
The Connecticut is a surprise for me. Smokers are used to the medium/full body blends that the Garcias specialize in so for them to jump into the mild/medium market smells of Patel at the wheel. Find one more way to bring dough into the coffers. Grab those newbies and inexperienced smokers to the altar of no flavor.
But I am open minded, so here we go.
From the My Father web site:
“My Father Connecticut is going to be an extension of the already existing line My Father and My Father Le Bijou; the cigar is blended by Jose “Pepin” Garcia and his son Jaime Garcia at the My Father Cigar Factory in Nicaragua: It features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Nicaragua Corojo 99 Binder and Nicaragua Habano-Criollo filler, all the tobacco coming out of the Garcia’s farms with the exception of the wrapper which comes from Ecuador. This cigar also features a very unique aromatic leaf that gives the cigar aromas and flavors; a special fermentation process was given to this particular type of tobacco in order for it to release all the aromas and flavors that the Garcias were looking for to finish the last touch of this blend.”
The cigar comes in four sizes:
Corona Gorda: 6 x 48
Robusto: 5.25 x 52
Toro: 6.5 x 54
Toro Gordo: 6 x 60
The MSRP is $7.50-$9.50 a stick…depending on size.
The cigar made its debut last month at the 2014 IPCPR trade show. So, they wasted no time in getting the cigar into stores.
Note….the tobacco is entirely from the My Father farms. No outside help was needed.
The cigar is kind of wrinkly. I have two sticks to compare and both have the same construction: rustic.
Giant Frankenstein’s Monster veins, seams are tight, the triple cap is near flawless but not flawless enough to keep me from counting them. The wrapper is the color of Bambi’s Uncle Morty. A caramel fawn color. And the wrapper is smooth as silk.
There is enough chazerai (Yiddish for assorted stuff one doesn’t need- The “Ch” is a sound you make when popcorn is stuck in the back of your throat.) on the stick to almost cover the entire wrapper.
The main band is ornate and looks like it belongs on Times Square. The secondary band is even gaudier with a cooper background and the CT in big letters. And the foot is adorned with black ribbon. A pimp’s holiday.
I clip the cap and find aromas of spice, cream, caramel, herbal notes, nutmeg, nuts, cedar, peach, and cinnamon.
Time to light up.
The pepper gives me the Garcia blast immediately. I did not expect that in a Connecticut. But Garcia is Garcia.
Peanut butter shows up at the ¾” mark. The creaminess becomes whipped cream. Flavors pop up with almost each puff.
The strength is a strong mild body.
There is a lovely nougat flavor. The cocoa becomes stronger; so now with the peanut, cream, and nougat, we have a Snickers bar.
I now pick up a hint of peppermint.
I now dub thee My Father Connecticut an official flavor bomb. I must tip my hat to the Garcia folks for pulling it off. A mild/medium body cigar that is so delicious from the get go that is makes me want to kill one of you readers. You talk amongst yourselves and decide who.
I love this size to death. (I’m starting to sound like Woody Allen).
It has a lot to do with the quick readiness of the flavor profile. I’m finding that I am drifting away from my beloved robustos and going for the big coronas. Not so much the 5 x 42, but the 5.5 or 6 x 46 or 48 is just perfect for attaining the most from a blend.
The complexity has not dug its heels in yet but it is nicely balanced. I take a swig of Diet Coke and that Snickers flavor just explodes on my palate like a pearl necklace. I like to look pretty.
This is a great cigar. A great cigar.
The peanut flavor is about to usurp all the other flavors: Peanut, spice, creaminess, cocoa, nougat, cedar, peppermint, Swiss cheese, and leather. I know it all sounds crazy but that’s what it tastes like.
Time to take off some of the chazerai.
This is the best tasting Connecticut I’ve smoked. Bar none.
And the fact that it got virtually no humidor time blows me away. I predict what will happen next; the cigar will settle down and the flavor bomb status will disappear and then it will need at least 2-3 weeks of humidor time to get back to this state.
Some cigars just do that.
I find myself at the halfway point when nicotine enters the picture. Boooo!
The enormous flavor profile and the nicotine give an illusion of this being a much stronger cigar. But it ain’t lovely readers. It is hanging tough at medium bodied.
Now I know why Andrew at Small Batch Cigar sent a couple to me. He is wily like a fox. He knew I would review it. And at nearly $2 below MSRP, you can’t go wrong. Remember, if you buy this cigar; use the Katman10 coupon code when checking out to get your 10% off.
What a wonderful, unexpected treat this is. The last of the chazerai is removed and now we have a buck nekkid cigar.
You notice that when you remove the cigar bands, that the cigar looks longer than you thought it did? I’m talking about the cigar. Not your johnson.
For some reason, there are almost no reviews of this cigar. I believe that the A List reviewers are either so back logged or believe that the cigar needs a month of humidor time. I have no idea.
I am curious to see what their take on the flavor profile will be.
Here are the current flavors: Peanut, spice, creaminess, cocoa, nuttiness (Replaces the Swiss cheese element), peppermint, nougat, sweet cedar, leather, and wood.
The My Father Connecticut is now on cruise control. No changes to the flavor profile. Just gliding along. Lots of complexity and balance.
Anyone that calls this cigar mild bodied is nuts.
The construction has not let me down. No touch ups to the burn line required. Only one clip to the cap to eradicate Katman drool. And the wrapper holds up like a champ.
I must assume this will be a regular production cigar. So lots to go around. Both CI and Famous carry it but at the high $7.50 per stick price. This is how they operate. It is new and therefore, a big wave of smokers won’t mind that they are spending high MSRP prices. Good ol’ Andrew. Never takes advantage of the hand that feeds him. Always looking out for us.
The flavors are going bat crazy now. I have 1-1/2” to go and it is Flavor-Palooza. Not a hint of harshness or heat. I wish my cigar roach clip would come in the mail already.
I highly recommend the My Father Connecticut. I have zero criticisms.
See my buddy Andrew at Small Batch Cigar and let him know the Katman sent you. And don’t forget to use the coupon code Katman10 during check out.
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