Cigar Review: My Father La Opulencia Toro

Cigar Review: My Father La Opulencia Toro

My Father Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexico (Rosado Oscuro)
Binder: Nicaragua x2 (Criollo, Corojo)
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 54
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $11.95

Overall Rating: 9.3

The Garcia Family’s My Father Cigars has been making great Nicaraguan cigars for over a decade now, earning some great press and ratings with cigar like the My Father Le Bijou, Don Pepin Garcia Original and Flor de las Antilles. The My Father La Opulencia, the newest release from My Father Cigars is the first new addition to the company’s namesake line in some time, but is a worthy extension of the company’s core line. Medium to medium-full bodied, the La Opulencia is a cigar that is flavorful, complex and well balanced. This is a cigar that is sure to please My Father fans in a big way.

Pre-Light: The My Father La Opulencia Toro is a good looking box pressed cigar. You can tell just by looking at the cigar that it is something special, like the My Father Le Bijou before it. The cigar features the traditional My Father band, a secondary band with the cigar’s name below it, and a green foot ribbon tying the look together. The cigar’s Mexican Rosado Oscar wrapper has a slight reddish hint to it, giving it a color reminiscent of milk chocolate. There are some medium sized veins to the wrapper. The cigar is slightly firm and dry to the touch.

The Mexican wrapper has a mix of barnyard, earth and cocoa scents. There’s a definite sweetness to the foot of the cigar. Aromas of cocoa, earth, cinnamon and barnyard hay are all noticeable from the unlit foot of the La Opulencia. An easy cold draw allows through sweet notes of cinnamon, coffee, earth and something slightly herbal in character.

Burn: The draw on the My Father La Opulencia is near perfect. For the most part the cigar was even burning, without need for correction. The wrapper can crack along the occasional medium sized vein, and on one of the three cigars smoked for this review the burn went a little awry along the crack.

Flavor: The My Father La Opulencia begins with an interesting smooth sweetness. Coffee and cream starts off the opening notes of the cigar. As the first third of the cigar gets going there is a wonderfully sweet mix of coffee, cinnamon, mild cedar and subtle spices. Just the slightest hint of pepper occurs during the first third of the La Opulencia. Through the nose, the cigar is as smooth as on the palette during this part with coffee and cedar notes coming through. Entering the second third of the cigar, cocoa slowly joins the coffee and cedar flavors. Spice and pepper begin to increase in the second third, but it never becomes too much or takes away from the other existing flavors. Cocoa, coffee, cedar, spice and mild pepper all occur in the second third of the My Father La Opulencia. By the end of the second third, there is in increase in pepper on the retrohale that mixes with coffee, cedar and spice. The transition to final third of the cigar sees the sweetness that has dominated the profile up until now morph into a pleasant earthiness. Earth, coffee, dark chocolate and cedar blend with black pepper during the final third. The La Opulencia finishes with black pepper, earth and coffee notes.

Overall: For over ten years Don Pepin Garcia’s My Father Cigars has been making great medium and full bodied cigars, but for a brief period recently that quality seemed dormant, but over the past year My Father has brought itself back to the top of its game. The new My Father La Opulencia is one of the best new My Father release in a long time. Starting out medium bodied and creamy, the La Opulencia builds to a peppery earthiness at its conclusion, making for a uniquely pleasant smoking experience. The flavor profile allows flavors of coffee, cocoa, cedar, earth, spice and pepper notes to interact in a way that is both balanced and complex. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of My Father Cigar, as well as the cigars they produce for other brands. I very much enjoyed the La Opulencia, and would definitely recommend it to fans of the My Father brand or those who enjoy medium or full bodied Nicaraguan cigars. The La Opulencia is a wonderful cigar that bears all the hallmarks of one that should only get better with some age.

Pairing: The My Father La Opulencia pairs very well with a good sipping rum such as the Zafra 21 or a nice Highland single malt such as the Glenmorangie La Santa.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)