If you’ve been following me on Twitter the past few weeks you already know where this review is going. The My Father Le Bijou 1922 was released at the 2009 IPCPR in New Orleans. I’ll admit, the sample I got from the show wasn’t that impressive…maybe my palate was fried, maybe they were rushed, maybe the air conditioned environment wasn’t up to par, maybe…well, you get where am I going right? There are just too many factors involved when smoking a show sample. Luckily enough the My Father Le Bijou 1922 that are out in the humidors today are amazing.
You may be wondering what is the difference between the original My Father and the My Father Le Bijou 1922. Basically its the wrapper. The original My Father used an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper whereas the My Father Le Bijou 1922 uses a Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper. Now I’m no tobacco expert but the Le Bijou wrapper is made from Pelo de Oro tobacco which apparently is a pretty difficult tobacco leaf to grow since its susceptible to disease. Nice to see Don Pepin isn’t afraid to take on a challenge.
Video runs around 10 minutes and I found the My Father Le Bijou 1922 to be right up my flavor profile alley. It sits in that Medium-Full body spectrum so it will appeal to both crowds. The ornate bands and thick billowing smoke make the Le Bijou nice eye candy, while its creamy, woodsy flavors will draw you in. What really does it for me is the subtle dark chocolate notes that the blend of the My Father Le Bijou 1922 produces. Its not the dominant flavor, its subtle but adds a unique complexity to challenge your palate.
If you do decide to try the My Father Le Bijou 1922 on for size, I’d recommend the Petite Robusto size. While the Toro and Churchill size are good, the entire blend (wrapper, binder, filler) all standout and shine in the Petite Robusto size of the My Father Le Bijou 1922.