This week's review is of the new My father Limited Edition 2011. Last year's release was a huge hit (at least to me) so when I found out they were doing another I was pretty excited about it. This year's release is a little different than last years though. This edition wasn't rolled by Jaime/Pepin and doesn't come in individual coffins like the 2010 did. The production was a little higher this year with 3,500 boxes of 12 being released. Last year there were only 2,000 boxes. Pepin and Jaime didn't roll this years release due to time constraints. It just takes too long for 2 people to make that many cigars! This cigar measures in at 6.5X52 and has a Habano Criollo wrapper from Ecuador and a Nicaraguan Binder and Filler, including the famed Pelo De Oro tobacco that Pepin has been growing. Like most of the My Father cigars, this has a huge band on it, with the 2nd band letting you know that this is the Limited Edition blended by Jaime Garcia.
This is a hefty, solid cigar with a flawless oily wrapper and a perfectly applied triple cap. The aroma at the foot is of pungent well aged tobacco. Once cut the prelight draw shows a perfect (for what I like in a draw) with lighter flavors of wood and crisp toasty tobacco. Once lit this starts out with rich mouthfulls of woody smoke with a small amount of spice in the back of my throat. There isn't as much peppery spice on the palate in this one compared to what I remember about last years release, but when retrohaled the spice is much more apparent. This is starting out quite smooth with very full flavors. I am getting a ton of different flavors out of this, including cedar, caramel, light coffee, leather and earth. Obviously there is a great complexity to the flavor profile. All of these flavors aren't present at the same time, but keep popping up every few draws, making for a compelling smoke. The burn is dead even and the ash is solid, falling off at around an inch and a half.
As I reach the first band there is more leather and coffee flavor, along with plenty of that woody core flavor. Halfway in and this is full bodied (flavor and mouthfeel) and medium/full in strength. The ash has gotten a little flaky at this point. I wish I had saved one from last years release so I could compare these side by side. Entering into the home stretch of the My Father LE 2011 and the flavor is darkening up a bit, with the return of of a little bit of spice. This burned great right down until I could barely hold onto it any longer.
This was a very tasty cigar! One of the only things I wish it had was a little more of that classic Pepin spice like last years release did. I found this one to be more complex though. These come in at the same pricepoint as the 2010, which is $20 a piece. For me thats a hard price to pay for any cigar but I am glad I picked up a few of these. I was a little surprised the price was still as high as last years, considering Pepin/Jaime didn't roll them all themselves and they didn't come in individual coffins. I figured knocking those two things out of the equation might bring the price down a little bit. Apparently I was wrong. I am going to try to hang onto one of these for at least a year to see what some age does to this blend. I didn't have the willpower to do that with the last release but I am going to try my hardest to hide one of these from myself!