What do you do when you’ve won the prestigious Cigar of the Year award on two different occasions (first in 2012 and then again in 2015)? Luckily, in the case of My Father, that answer is to continue to produce amazing cigars. My Father “The Judge” is the newest offering from the Garcia family.
The first thing that stood out to me was it’s dark chocolate wrapper which is Ecuadorian Sumatra, with a gold binding ring at the bottom of the cigar. The rose, gold and brown binding at the top make this cigar flat out pretty.
I chose a V-cut and toasted the foot before lighting as I normally do. I am a chocolate lover, so I can sniff and taste it like a bloodhound. Right out of the gate I could taste hints creamy caramel/chocolate in this stick. I’m never sure what cigar guys mean when they say they taste an earthiness, but I felt like I was standing right in the middle of the plantation right after a fresh rain when I was smoking this cigar. As I proceeded, it eased into the fuller characteristics of a “MY Father” cigar…a little pepper spice and nuttiness, almost sneaking up on me, not overwhelming me. The Nicuraguan filler and binder takes over at this point and continues to build character through the second third of the cigar. As I approach the last third, with the ash burning perfectly, the creamy chocolate flavor returns just enough to blend in with the Nicaraguan filler and binder to leave me very satisfied.
The Judge comes in 3 sizes…grand robusto(the size I smoked), a toro, and a toro fina. My suggestion if you are looking to match it up would be to drink a dark creamy beer, a nice bourbon, or even a nice coffee. By the way, The Judge, is ranked the #7 cigar of 2017 by Cigar Aficionado and has a 93 rating!