While browsing the humidor at Burns this past weekend I saw they had received these cigars already. I enjoyed the one I had at the show and was looking forward to giving them a try when they showed up in stores. I picked up this robusto and smoked it after I got back home from #CHATweetup2012. The cigar is a joint venture between Pete Johnson and Janny Garcia and is produced in the My Father Cigars factory. The cigar is comprised of a Connecticut broadleaf and Nicaraguan fillers and binder all with a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper. According to Pete this cigar is a cross between the La Riqueza and La Casita Criolla. The cigar comes in 5 sizes and they are all in 21 count boxes. This was the first production release I smoked.
The first thing I notice is the band and it's sharp contrast to the dark chocolate brown wrapper of the cigar. The band reminds me of the old style cameo jewelery. The wrapper was fairly smooth with only some fine veins present. The wrapper also had a good amount of oils and a small amount of tooth to it. When I gave the cigar a squeeze I got a slight amount of give with no soft spots. Putting my nose to the wrapper brought about aromas of cedar and leather while I got a slight barnyard from the foot. After clipping it and taking a cold draw on it I got the taste of milk chocolate with a good draw.
Lighting it up brought about tastes of chocolate and leather with a sweet finish. The spice was strong on the tongue, and especially the retrohale which had a wasabi like burn. After taking a couple more puffs some cinnamon started to come through. The cigar started off at the upper end of medium. By the end of this third the spice had died down, but had not gone away.
As I moved into the second third the flavors changed slightly. I still got the chocolate, leather and cinnamon but I started to get some earth and coffee flavors too. The finish was very sweet. The strength gained a bit but not a lot. The draw was good while the burn was slightly uneven.
The final third didn't see any change in the flavors. That wasn't a bad thing as I was really enjoying this cigar. I did start getting a slight nicotine hit too. The burn did even itself out as I moved into this third.
Overall I really enjoyed this cigar. I look forward to giving more of them a try and seeing how the different sizes effect the blend. I would highly recommend this to anyone, especially those that like Connecticut broadleaf. It however might be a bit too strong for the those most sensitive to strength.