Wrapper: USA Connecticut Hybrid H-2K-CT
Size: 6 x 52 “Toro-Box Pressed”
Price: $8.10 MSRP
Today we take a look at the El Centurion H-2K-CT.
This was a gift from Anonymous Stogie Pudding.
I’m a sucker for anything from Pepin Garcia. I love his pepper blast at the start of each blend. I really like that Garcia has his feet squarely on the ground with the great number of cigars costing less than double digits.
I’ve had this stick for 2-3 weeks. I smoked one a week in and it wasn’t ready. I’m sure it’s ready to go now.
Factory: My Father Cigars S.A. Estelí, Nicaragua
Debuted at the 2015 IPCPR trade show
From the Cigar Aficionado web site:
“The Garcia family, owners of My Father Cigars, has acquired a hybrid wrapper grown in Connecticut and, with it, created a new brand: El Centurion H-2K-CT. Scheduled for release at the IPCPR trade show next month, this will be a spinoff of the core El Centurion line.
“The new cigar is named after the H-2K-CT Connecticut wrapper type, which the company said is proprietary to El Centurion. But it isn’t a Connecticut wrapper in the usual sense. This isn’t shade grown or broadleaf, but a Cuban-seed strain of tobacco grown in open sunlight and cultivated in the Connecticut River Valley.
“This new creation was a team effort between my father and me,” said Jaime Garcia of My Father Cigars, which produces the El Centurion and My Father brands. “It is a lot different than My Father Connecticut. And different from the regular El Centurion. This new version is a medium-bodied cigar with full flavor, but it’s also box-pressed. We were looking for a blend that is accessible to every palate but different from all our other brands.”
“Though the wrapper is grown in Connecticut, the binders and filler tobacco is Nicaraguan. El Centurion H-2K-CT is made in Nicaragua at the My Father Cigars S.A. factory and will come in two box-pressed sizes: Corona, at 5 1/2 inches by 48 ring, and Toro at 6 by 52. They will retail for $7.10 and $8.10, respectively.
“The first El Centurion brand debuted as a limited-edition in 2007, but customer demand prompted the Garcias to turn it into a regular-production brand in 2013. The new H-2K-CT line is the first offshoot and is also slated to be a regular-production brand as well.”
This is what I’m talkin’ ‘bout.
A beautiful soft box press. The wrapper is a gorgeous, oily, mottled, caramel/orange color.
The cigar has a double cigar band that takes up a good third of the cigar. Add to that an orange ribbon footer and less than half of the cigar is actually exposed.
Seams are tight. Lots of veins. A perfect triple cap.
And as I look closer at the wrapper, it has a black walnut look to it. The wood; not the nut.
The stick is solid with an evenly applied give to it.
SIZES AND PRICING:
Corona: 5.5 x 48 $7.10 MSRP
Toro: 6 x 52 $8.10 MSRP
AROMAS AND COLD DRAW NOTES:
From the shaft, I can smell sweet orange citrus, spice, and baking spices.
From the clipped cap and the foot, I smell dark chocolate, spice, sarsaparilla, wintergreen, vanilla, and cinnamon.
The cold draw presents flavors of dark cocoa, cinnamon, spice, wintergreen, citrus, vanilla, and cream.
Takes a while to toast the beast.
And then the reward comes: A perfect draw with loads of smoke covering the laptop screen til almost gone.
Flavors: The Garcia Blast of Red Pepper. WOW!!! My toupee flies off and dangles at the back of head hanging by a thread! Then creaminess, sarsaparilla, malts, wintergreen, orange citrus, vanilla, nutty, toffee, cherries, and honey.
Now I’m really impressed. All that in the first half inch. Woo Hoo.
Strength hits medium right away. There is a deception that the body is stronger due to the massive onslaught of red pepper. But it’snot. Gesundheit.
Molasses is folded into the mix. So is cappuccino and a dusting of nutmeg.
The El Centurion H-2K-CT is now complex in its first of many transitions. Balance is spot on. The finish is long and delicious.
I do love reviewing a great cigar. I gush, I fawn, I flatter, I rub against. Small wood appears from the shadows.
Time to turn the music on. The ball and chain has slept in long enough on this beautiful Saturday.
You know what type of rock music I dislike the most? Progressive rock. Symphony rock. Classical oriented rock. And that’s exactly my only claim to the big time. Playing in a progressive, classically oriented Curved Air. But thank goodness they didn’t hold me back when we played live. I smoked them all. Which, of course, was one of the things that caused my ousting. I know what you’re thinking. I had a nice personality back then so whatever you are thinking; Fugeddaboudit.
The char line is on the money. Dead nuts.
It is almost 9am and the sun shines so brightly through the dining room window in front of me, I must use the curtain so as not to be blinded by glare.
I have nothing to report. Absolutely no change in the lineup of flavors. The complexity is building though.
A new flavor arrangement 5 minutes later: Creaminess, toffee, cappuccino, spice, Chocolate malt, Biscuit Malt, Coffee Malt, Flaked Rye Malt, Honey Malt, (See Malt Chart), orange citrus, honey, molasses, cherries, wintergreen, sarsaparilla, vanilla, and roasted nuts.
The Garcia Blast has dissipated as noted in the list above. I wish Garcia could figure out how to move on with the blast and allow it to be strong throughout the cigar experience without drowning out the other flavors. I’ve smoked plenty of blends that can do this. And Garcia is the master baiter.
A strong wood element appears.
I sometimes read other reviews prior to my review. I don’t do it to cop their info. But I’m always curious and cynical at the same time. Most other reviewers don’t taste all the cigar has to give like I do. Or they get it wrong. I know a lot of people make fun of reviewers who find a kitchen sink full of bizarre flavors.
Smoke time is 35 minutes.
Strength is very even. A classic medium body. Makes the El Centurion H-2K-CT a very smooth smoke.
I’ve reviewed both the El Centurion Toria Limited Edition and the original El Centurion. They were full bodied and medium/full bodied respectively.
I like strong cigars but a medium body is a nice change up…especially, first thing in the morning. But I think a stronger essence to this El Centurion H-2K-CT would have been the cherry atop the sundae.
I’m always concerned when I review a cigar with cigar bands that look like billboards. Will they come off without destroying them? I remove the secondary cigar band and it comes off perfectly. No damage to the wrapper. Leave it to My Father to get it right.
As is most of the time, all Garcia blends are good to go in 2-3 weeks. They don’t do well with extensive humidor time. They lose a lot of their complexity and zip. Readers have sent me, in the past, Garcia blends that have gotten a year or more humidor time and it just ain’t the same cigar. At the most, I’d allow any Garcia cigar only a couple months in order to get what the blender intended. That’s fine with me.
Construction is top notch. The char line needs no touch ups. Such a nice change from most cigars. I get sick and tired of fixing errant char lines. Especially, when you are a day long smoker like me. I must have an oral fixation. I can’t sit still without a cigar at the ready.
The El Centurion H-2K-CT certainly takes its time. I do believe all of the other reviews used the corona instead. For reviewing purposes, that’s a better choice. Especially, when the cigar is jam packed.
I scroll up because I couldn’t remember the price of both sizes….$7 and $8. I know you are tired of hearing this but there you go! An incredible cigar that doesn’t break the plane of double digits. And since it is a regular production stick, you will see it go for a bit less in a few months on Cbid. Even so, it’s a great deal for a great stick.
I’m supposed to come up with 20 cigars for my daughter’s wedding in May. I have no friggin idea what to get. I know there will be a couple of douchebag ushers saying, “What? Where are the Cubans?”
I would love some advice from you readers. I want to buy the cigars 2-3 months in advance to allow them to be at their peak for smoking. And since I can’t remember anything, some good advice would be helpful. (And please. You readers that email asking me for my top 10 cigar choices; or ask me the history of cigar smoking; don’t do that. Thank you very much.)
I’ve made my decision. Something from Ezra Zion or La Hoja.
I’m at the halfway point and I hit Sweet Spot 2.0.
Big bold flavors are emitted from that little hole in the cap.
The sun is bright. And the wrapper turns an orange/caramel color.
This blend is just going nuts on my palate. Unbelievable. If you snag some, make it the first cigar of the day. Otherwise, you will miss out on a lot.
I take a look at the My Father web site. It says something interesting about the blend: “….Adjusting the blend slightly to accent the new wrapper.”
So this isn’t like the original. It is a totally different blend. Not just the wrapper. I should have picked up on that since the strength is medium bodied. Not medium/full.
I took this photo because I think the wrapper is very interesting.
A flavor change: Caramel, (Toffee is gone), creaminess, malts, honey, wood, spice, chocolate, coffee, orange citrus, floral notes, wintergreen, sarsaparilla, cherries, molasses, and roasted nuts.
Strength moves to medium/full.
And heeeeere’s the nicotine. Time to slow down. Don the crash helmet.
Smoke time just past the halfway point is 55 minutes.
The El Centurion H-2K-CT is incredibly complex now. Smoke this on a fresh palate and maybe your toupee will twirl too.
Like everywhere else in the country, leaves have disembarked from the trees. Good for me as I get more sunlight on my photo taking surface. But it means I have to wear a ball cap while I write because of glare. I know you don’t give a shit about this.
Make sure that you don’t smoke one ROTT. This cigar needs a solid 2-3 weeks before even thinking about putting flame to foot.
I hope this review is making you drool. Wear a bib. I can’t begin to touch how delicious the El Centurion H-2K-CT is. I’m having trouble thinking of another My Father blend this good. I believe this is a quantum leap for Garcia.
Here is the breakdown on pricing: JR Cigars $7.30, Atlantic Cigars $7.70, CI Conglomerate and Cigar Federation don’t carry them, and Small Batch Cigar $7.60.
The winner is SBC with your 10% promo code at $6.84. But SBC only carries 5 packs for some reason.
Smoke time is one hour 15 minutes.
The nicotine disappears. And the strength settles back into medium body.
And here we go again: Sweet Spot 3.0
Lots of transitions make for a great blend. The El Centurion H-2K-CT has everything going for it.
The old lady got a spa treatment for her birthday from the kid. So Charlotte has a 3pm appointment. This is good for me. She will be in a good mood all evening. Maybe I can talk her into a BJ. Stranger things have happened.
Drat. The Return of the Nicotine.
The laptop screen is blurry.
The El Centurion H-2K-CT is going to be one popular cigar. There are already a shit load of reviews online. Everyone got theirs way before I got mine. But then the My Father folks like them. They don’t like me.
Strength hits medium/full once again.
Flavors are intact.
Final smoke time is one hour 45 minutes.
I highly recommend you snagging some if you haven’t already. I’m probably late to the show on this anyway.
NOTE: Tonight (Saturday Nov. 7), CNN is showing a new 2 hour special on Glenn Campbell. About his Alzheimer’s and his last contest…oops..er..concert(There you go-Had to come back to correct this. Damn). I will be watching.
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