Cigar Review: My Father El Hijo

Cigar Review: My Father El Hijo

My Father “El Hijo” Smoke Inn Microblend Series

Size: Box Pressed Robusto (5.5 x 52)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano (2009)

Binder: Nicarauguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium to Full

Price: 9.75 msrp (Box of 15, $146.25, Exclusively at Smoke Inn Cigars)

Grade: 9.1

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So, after my good friend Da Mayor reviewed the newest release from Smoke Inn Cigars MicroBlend Series, the Arturo Fuente Solaris, I was curious and decided to check the old ToastedFoot cigar review list to see if the MicroBlend series was fully accounted for.  I noticed that there was an omission.  Our predecessors  had not posted a review of the “El Hijo”.  With that in mind I dug deep into my humidor and pulled out one of my last few El Hijo’s for this review.

The El Hijo, by Don Pepin and Jaime Garcia at My Father Cigars, was the third installment from the Microblend Series by Smoke Inn.  The cigar features a limited and aged Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper.

But enough about that, how’s it smoke?

Pre-Light:  (1.9)  The El Hijo features a gorgeous presentation beginning with it’s My Father Cigars band, a second band with the name “El Hijo” (the Son), a reddish brown rusty colored wrapper, a firm box press, a perfectly applied triple cap, and most uniquely an open foot.  The open foot reveals about a 1/4 inch of the filler tobacco and is a very rarely seen feature.  The wrapper is very smooth with minimal veins.

The unique part of the open foot is that it give you the flavor of the filler leaves before you get the taste of the wrapper, which often provides the most dominant flavors of the cigar.

The El Hijo offers up a very distinct barnyard scent and a bit of cedar from the foot.    The pre-light draw is distinctly barnyard with a note of hay.

Burn:  (1.7)  Lighting the El Hijo is a bit different than most cigars due to the open foot as you’r lighting the filler tobaccos first and after the first few puffs the wrapper then starts to burn.  Once the wrapper began burning it got a little wavy, not surprising considering the unorthodox beginning, but it corrected itself (as is so often the case with cigars rolled at the My Father factory).   The draw was absolutely perfect.  The ash was white with a touch of black mottling.  The biggest drawback to the burn was that the ash was a bit loose and didn’t hold firmly in the first half.  I had to ash a little bit more frequently than every inch, which isn’t really a complaint.

Flavor:  (2.7)  The El Hijo opens up with a blast of peppery spice that coats the palette.  The filler in the open foot really packs a blast and sets the stage for a great transition as the wrapper begins burning.  Once the wrapper gets going the spice becomes balanced with a rich creaminess and subtle notes of wood and leather.  The El Hijo leaves a long finish of rich, creamy, tobacco notes on the palette.  The first third the strength is in the medium range.

As I continue into the second third the flavors remain complex, if not even a bit more nuanced.  Peppery spice, wood, leather, in a rich creamy platform.  The spice softens up a little through the 1/2 way point, and I pick up hints of dark espresso and  Through the second third the body moves closer to full.

Heading into the final third the El Hijo has become incredibly smooth. The spice has taken a back seat to flavors of barnyard and with a distinct grassy note, leather, a bit of dark espresso, and the pepper is still there but without all the spice that was so prevalent early on.  The only thing I missed in the flavor was some of the characteristic cocoa or a richer espresso note that is often found in Nicaraguan cigars. By the end of the cigar it was definitely a full bodied experience.

Overall:  (2.8)  The El Hijo is a a truly unique cigar.  The presentation and uniqueness is fantastic.  The smoke starts off spicy, then becomes creamy, and increases in its complexity.  The transitions are definable and really provide for an enjoyable smoking experience.  The cigar I smoked has had a few months of sitting (They were released in August 2011) and the rest seemed to take a bit of an edge off the strength of the spice as the cigar progressed.  I’m glad I still have a few.

Total:  9.1