This past weekend we had Jeremy Soares as a guest on The Cigar Authority Podcast, and during the course of the show we smoked two cigars from the My Father portfolio, one of which was the La Antiguedad Toro.
According to their website, “La Antiguedad (The Antiquity) is the Garcia’s second project to be developed after the mega success of Flor de las Antillas, in which they will once again embrace the authenticity and historic value of the original Cuban art. : Created by master blenders Jose “Pepin”Ã‚Â Garcia and Jaime Garcia, La Antiguedad is a super-premium cigar handcrafted in Nicaragua, using the world’s finest Cuban seed Nicaraguan grown tobacco. This addition to the My Father Cigars portfolio will continue to showcase the Garcia’s Cuban heritage and respect for tradition. The filler tobacco for La Antiguedad is cultivated entirely in Nicaragua on the farms of San Rafael, Las Quebradas, and San Jose, all privately owned and operated properties of My Father Cigars. These tobaccos undergo a very strict and rigorous curing process of no less than three and a half years to guarantee exceptional quality. The Garcia family classifies the exquisite blend found in La Antiguedad as medium to full in strength, which offers complex yet balanced flavors. Finished with a Habano Ecuador rosado oscuro wrapper,
Cigar: La Antiguedad
Size: 5 5/8 x 55 (Toro)
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador Rosado Oscuro
Binder: Corojo and Criollo
Source: Two Guys Smoke Shop
The Look: The La Antiguedad features a striking band that showcases the art of which this cigar is named after. A box pressed feature the cigar features a pristine wrapper that is box pressed to perfection. There are some visible oil and no creases or seams to be found. In the hand the smooth, firm, and has an above average weight.
The Notes: The cold draw of the La Antiguedad is that of molasses, and chocolate with the slightest hints of caramel. There is a lot going on and the cigar hasn’t even been toasted and lit yet. The nose of the foot of the cigar reveals some earth and caramel goodness.
On first light there is no doubt that this is a Garcia family cigar with the signature Pepin notes, however once you smoke into the first third there is a complexity that puts the initial pepper into a distant memory. There are notes of caramel, mocha, nuts, and a slight coffee that picks up in intensity as the cigar progresses.
In the second third of the La Antiguedad from My Father the coffee notes become the dominant profile with some growing pepper through the nose. Around the halfway point of the smoke some cocoa notes begin to develop with some black cherry thrown into the mix. The retrohale has a full blast of pepper
As the cigar comes to the close coffee remains the focal point with some hazelnut accents. The pepper remains constants through the nose.
The Burn: The La Antiguedad has a carbon line that burns a little thicker then I would hope. A thinner mascara line denoted more aging in a cigar, and while I don’t have any definitive data it does feel at times as if cigars from My Father aren’t aged as long as some other factories. The burn was slightly jagged, but it never got out of hand to the point of a touch up. The light color ash was firm with no flake and held for a little more than a quarter of the cigar at a time.
The Finish: I use to hate larger ring gauge cigars, but this 55 ring smokes with more flavor and complexity than the Corona Gorda that I reviewed in the past. There is a nice coffee note that is compliment with sweetness and nuttiness that kept me interested from first light to last puff.
Price: $8.49 / $149.99