When you think of My Father Cigars you don’t think of Connecticut wrapped cigars. As a result, today’s cigar is often overlooked on retailers shelves or the company portfolio. I smoked it when it first came out in 2014, but can’t recall smoking since. So today I reached on to the shelf and pulled a couple out for review here on The Cigar Authority.
Cigar: My Father Connecticut
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Binder: Nicaragua Corojo ’99
Filler: Nicaragua (Habano, Criollo)
The Look: The wrapper that adorns the My Father Connecticut looks darker than most shade grown wrappers. The even coloring borders on a caramel with some visible veins and has a slight tooth to it. What really draws me to this cigar aesthetically is the dual band system that is vibrant. The traditional My Father band with the pink background seems refreshed with the secondary band beneath it with a bronze foil surrounding the initials CT. The cigar is very light in the hand with no soft spots and a slightly spongy foot.
The Notes: The cold draw of the My Father Connecticut serves up notes of basil and fennel while the aroma from the foot offered notes of a buttery richness and a very slight earth. There was no spice to the nose on this cigar which is a change for a My Father cigar. Once the cigar is lit, there is some serious pepper through the nose and I quickly realize this is not your typical Connecticut.
The first third of the cigar takes a little while to develop that actually had me concerned about where the cigar might be going. A rich buttery creaminess began to take hold and grow with each puff about a half-inch into the smoke. There was a touch of nuttiness in the mix as well, but it was never fully established.
In the second third of the cigar the fennel that I experienced on the cold draw makes a way back into the mix and the cigar begins to really develop a bit of complexity with a continued buttery richness and red pepper spice through the nose.
The last third of the My Father Connecticut takes on a nice sweetness to it that is reminiscent of honey. There is also a developing note of cedar that begins to take hold just as it is time to put the cigar down.
The Finish: Despite a really slow start the cigar built up into a classic My Father Release. Despite the slow start the cigar developed into a complex cigar, although one that is a little stronger than I would like a Connecticut to be. It’s something I will pick up again in the future, but not sure where it would fit into my rotation.
Price: $8.19 / $156.99