Cigar: Don Pepin My Father Le Bijou 1922



Origin: Nicaragua                                            Wrapper: Habano Oscuro (Pelo do Oro)

Binder: Nicaraguan                                         Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium                                           Flavor: Medium–Full

 



Don Pepin My Father Le Bijou 1922My Father Le Bijou 1922 is Don Pepin Garcia’s tribute to his own father who was born in 1922.  The term “Le Bijou,” is French for “The Jewel.” With a sentimentality that is probably elicited by Jaime’s opening tribute to his father, Don Pepin, with the My Father blend, this accolade to his own father is most apt for a company now named My Father Cigars.



The My Father Le Bijou 1922 line comes in three sizes: Churchill (7 x 50), Petit Robusto (4.5 x 50), and a Toro (6 x 52.  This is yet another premium cigar from a master Cuban tobacconist who only established his small factory in Little Havana in Miami, FL in 2003.



This cigar is completely made of tobaccos that are grown on the Garcia farms in Nicaragua.  This includes a wrapper that is made of the rare Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro.  It is also known as Pelo do Oro (Golden Hair) leaf. Considered the father of the modern Corojo wrapper, which is made from the combination of Pelo de Oro and Sumatra tobaccos, the Pelo de Oro is so prone to easily-spread disease that it is outlawed in many areas. Most tobacco growers will not go to the trouble of growing this leaf.  However, Don Pepin does, and has made fine use of it.



The wrapper is a surprise from the first with its medium–dark brown color and some visible oils. The feel of the cigar is consistently solid.  Its appearance is exquisite with a neat triple cap. The aroma of the unlighted cigar is that of sweet tobacco with a light dusting of spices. There are two bands on this well-made cigar--the company band--and a second one that marks it as a My Father Le Bijou 1922 cigar.



The burn on this cigar is a bit uneven, although there never are any major problems.  The draw is wonderful and produces a goodly amount of smoke. The ash is brindled in appearance, and it holds on through half the smoke with almost no flaking.



Surprising is the relative lack of the trademark Pepin pepper in the first draw.  Instead, buttery coffee mocha creaminess, slightly sweet with a light undertone of spice, is the dominant flavor. As the cigar wends its way through the second third, it gains markedly in strength, and the trademark pepperiness reappears and intensifies as a deep rich mocha flavor develops.



Even though the notes become spicier, presenting some expected peppery heat to the palate and through the nasal passages, this cigar is smoother than other blends by the Garcia family. The final third maintains its strength, but the coffee and mocha flavors intensify once more with an underlying note of cinnamon. The smoke thickens and coats the inside of the mouth.



Overall, My Father Le Bijou 1922 is an exceptional cigar that could almost be seen as the precursor of the fine cigars that Don Pepin and Jaime Garcia create. It is in good company with their other fine cigars, and leaves aficionados the world over looking forward to their next release.



Serious Cigars is located in Houston Texas, however we also service all 50 states including New York NY, Los Angeles CA, Miami, FL. Chicago, IL. Denver CO., El Paso, Texas, Dallas TX DFW, San Antonio, TX, Austin, TX, Boise ID, Atlanta GA, Raleigh-Durham NC, WashingtonC, Albuquerque NM, Huntsville AL, Fayetteville AR, N Dorfolk VA , Madison WI.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017

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