La Antiguedad by My Father

10-27-14 been in humidor since 9-7-14

La Antiguedad by My Father Corona Grande (6.375 x 47)

Wrapper: Habano Ecuador Rosado Oscuro

Double Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo, Nicaraguan Criollo

Filler: San Rafael, Las Quebradas and San Jose regions of Nicaraguan

Blender: Jose “Don Pepín” García and Jamie Garcia

La Antigueded has a very familiar styling. This familiarity comes from a similar concept that brought the design of the Flor de las Antillas. This, of course, is the concept of using an old long-forgotten Cuban brand name and artwork for a new cigar. The release of the La Antiguedad may have been in 2014 but the name, and concept have been around since 2009. The artwork, it is rumored, took quite a while to find.

Though this has the similar styling of the Flor de las Antillas, this is a very different cigar. It is stronger than Flor de las Antillas, and sports a wrapper from a different country. This cigar was designed to be bolder and more complex than FdlA, appealing to a smaller group of cigar smokers. It features 6 distinct tobaccos from Nicaragua (including the double binder) and one from Ecuador (the wrapper). Given the mix of leaves, it would be easy to assume that this is a classic match-up of Ecuadorian wrapper around an otherwise Nicaraguan cigar. Given the range of flavors from the My Father factory, assuming nothing is the only pertinent thing to do.

The original Cuban Band for this cigar does give the presentation a very classic feel. There is a red ribbon on the foot of this cigar as well. The wrapper leaf of this mildly box pressed cigar is a rich brown that edges to red with veins that do not dominate the landscape.

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La Antiguedad feels lightly velvet in the hand and slightly oily. Pre-light, there is a classic Nicaraguan barnyard smell. A lick on the cap reveals some heavy spice with an oily feel. After a cut with a double guillotine, the flavors come very easily. There is the spice mentioned before, a floral quality, and dark sugar notes. The resistance is perfect.

Light with a single flame torch.

The initial puffs have some spice to them. This accompanies the classic Nicaraguan wood-pulp notes. There is a leathery undertone and a late bitter. The bitter indicates the light is too hot.

As the cigar settles in, and down, some cedar notes begin to come out. This is mostly in the finish and through the nose. The initial part of the puff is an acute peppercorn. There is an underlying salty note as well. This salt and pepper combination gives a slightly meaty impression. The strength is very clear by the end of the first third.

In the middle third the spice note is calmer, but it is still very defined and it still comes on mostly in the initial puff. The meaty quality continues to be the overall impression. The cedar is still there but only for a very short instant in the initial puff, but it appears again on a finish that is long and drawn out. Nearing the end of the middle third a light sweetness starts to emerge but also a drying effect in the mouth. This reads as dry wood.

The final third has a strange smoking quality. If not constantly puffed on, the cigar’s smoke becomes thin. If smoked so that it stays fully lit, it becomes a spice bomb, losing the other flavors that are there. Its as if the cigar it trying to go out. This is fine and good if spice is the goal, but if it is not, it is quite distracting. The saltiness has picked up quite a bit as well and the cedar has disappeared. The impression is that this cigar needs a few years in the humidor. The body of the cigar also seems to pick up in this third.

The cigar ends with a sweet and spicy note and very salty. Nowhere near as complex as anticipated.

burn to the band

burn time 1 hour, 55 min.

Burn: 7

Draw: 10

Taste: 8

Aftertaste: 9

Construction: 8

Balance: 8

Feel: 7

Overall: 8.2

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~ by kuzi16 on October 30, 2014.

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