Back in 2012 when the Flor de las Antilles was named the 2012 Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado all eyes were on My Father Cigars and the Pepin family on what will they do next. When I was living in Miami and director of sales Jose Ortega shared with me a pre-release of today’s cigar I legitimately thought they had a shot at becoming the first company to go back-to-back in the magazine. Ultimately, they did not and the cigar has been out for a couple of years now.
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.”
Cigar: La Antiguedad
Size: 5 3/8 x 47 (Corona Gorda)
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador Rosado Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua Corojo and Criollo
Source: Two Guys Smoke Shop
The Look: The cigar which features an evenly colored wrapper and looks like milk chocolate, has a nice oily sheen to it with minimal veins. The band of the cigar stands out due to the work of art that features a multitude of colors. Box pressed and rolled to perfection the La Antiguedad has a hefty weight to it and is firm to the touch with a well packed foot.
The Notes: The cold draw of the La Antiguedad has an amazing molasses like note to it with a subtle nuttiness added to the mix. The foot of the cigar has a rather faint aroma of caramel. Once the cigar is toasted and lit the initial draw serves up some spices and pepper through the nose as you would expect from the Garcia family.
Smoking our way into the first third of the La Antiguedad as the pepper notes fade a subtle sweetness that borders on caramel is introduced with some notes of peanuts. The first third of the cigar is much like a pay day candy bar.
The second third of the La Antiguedad continues down the road of nuttiness and the pepper that was experienced in the first third of the cigar returns. On the finish of the cigar there is a subtle sweetness with a hint of coffee.
The final third of the cigar introduces some of the molasses that was experienced on the cold draw and that becomes the canvas for a pepper finish with hints of coffee and nuts.
The Burn: The My Father La Antiguedad is a slow smoking box pressed cigar that is masterfully created. With a light color ash that holds firm, the cigar burns cool and even. The burn line is straight and remains lit from first light to last puff with a draw that is iconic.
The Finish: While the cigar didn’t provide the first back to back Cigar of the Year from the same manufacturer it continues to be one of my favorites from the factory. One can make an argument that they were robbed if one was to put a lot of stock into that magazine’s Top 25 list. For me it is enjoyable and pleasing with flavor profile that delivers. Definitely a cigar that is box worthy.
La Antiguedad Foot
La Antiguedad Burn