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.
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32 thoughts on “My Father Le Bijou 1922”
Great review as always.
See? I made time for the Jerry today. You proud?
Nice review on the My Father le Bijou 1922! ARRR!!!!!
Thanks for the review. For some reason I can’t watch the video on my iPhone. Any ideas? Keep up the good work.
Great review, never heard about these until this review.
ahhhh, the smoke that won me 5 cain f’s and 5 oliva v’s! haha.
I was also suprised the regular my father made it on there over the le bijou, i just assumed it was too new. Then again how is the casa magna number one, let alone on there 2 years in a row.
I gotta say i like the toro the best, but never the less this is an amazing smoke. God damn smoke has it all, and the wrapper looks like a piece of dark brown silk. If i ever hit powerball you bet your ass i’ll be smoking these like they came in bundles for 20 bucks.
Good stuff. I know I was very excited when this cigar came out since I’ve been a big fan of the original My Father since day one. The first few Le Bijous I had were solid cigars with a nice draw and burn, but like you, I bought a few to sit and rest and its delivery while smoking got infinitely better over just a few months time.
To me there isn’t much the Garcia family has done that isn’t a winner in some respects, even though some will argue that Pepin kind of has a formula (if you will) to churn out cigars because his basic models are all rather similar. I’ve not had the Petite Robusto in this stick and I need to since I’ve been smoking the Toros and Churchills. (For those of you who want a bigger cigar, the Churchill here smokes better than the Toro in my opinion.)
Nice go at the Spanish pronounciations, buddy! 🙂
I gotta agree with you, mine got better in just a month. I set another 3 aside, i’ll be trying one in 6 months and the other after a year, then the last i’m saving for the perfect occasion so long as the other two age as i suspect they will.
Great review man. I have had one of these in the same size I think and it was ok, but nothing real special for me. I would also call it a full bodied cigar on my wussy scale =)
Love the bands – very ornate, just a bit big.
Glad I didn’t review this one, I was calling it the “buyyou” *hangs head in shame*
I am 100% in agreement Jerry. I love the Le Bijou 1922 and have smoked both the grand and petite robustos and the petite robusto seems to be more complex and smooth. And with cold weather here, that shorter size smaller ring gauge just does the trick (that’s not what she said). Plus at $6-$7 a stick (which is about $4-$5 less than the other sizes) it’s nice on the wallet too. Great job.
Oh and Mike, don’t feel ashamed about mispronouncing the name of the cigar. lol I have heard the name slaughtered by many. And in fact, it’s not “buyyou” or “bejoe” or “begeeoh” it is pronounced like “be-zhu” listen here to the pronunciation – http://www.answers.com/topic/bijou
As always, keep up the good work guys, you are the best at what you do.
I must really be old as I remember some movie theaters call the Bijou so I know how to pronouce that one. Anyway nice reveiw and boy those sticks look great. I plan on getting a few and from what I have read in the comments, I will let them rest for a few months at least and the fire one up.
Sweet! I’ll have to pick some up! Thanks for the Info!
Jerry – I couldn’t agree with you more. This is a great smoke. I prefer the Churchill size because it takes longer to smoke and I think it may have slightly more complexities. I could be wrong.
Long F’in ashes!
Super review Jerry…I agree with you 100% on the Petite Robusto vitola..I’ve tried the Toro and the Grand Robusto..Both great cigars..but that little extra sweetness in the Petite Robusto put it over the top for me..
Great Job Jerry..
Had one of these about a month ago, very nice smoke. I really didn’t care for the regular MF line, but these are great.
And great review as always Jerry 🙂
whats the grand robusto you guys are mentioning? did they come out with a new size?
I believe only a few shops have gotten the Grand Robusto…My brother picked a couple up at a shop in San Jose….The only place I’ve seen them online is @ seriuoscigars.com..
oopps..make that seriouscigars.com ..LOL
Great cigar….my favorite size in the line. Was #6 on my Top Cigars of 2009 list.
Thankx for the review, Jerry! I’m going to get some of these today, hope they’re still in stock!
Just smoked the churchill size last night and your review is right on as always Jerry. Very smooth and I loved the occasional chocolate coming through. Also got a nice rich coffee flavor with just a touch of the Oscuro bitterness. Really was a complex and wonderful cigar.
i’ve not tired the My Father yet but this is definitely one of Don Pepin’s best cigars. It’s so good as a matter of fact that oddly I wouldn’t want to smoke it all the time because it’s one I’d prefer to smoke when I have the time to really focus on the cigar while relaxing.
Was just wondering if anyone had the smoking time on the petit robusto
I scored a box of these(petite robusto) for a song! Great smoke and even better with a few months in the humi. I can smoke one in 45mins or so!
Good review, Jerr! Le bijou, or ‘The Jewel’ is right on for this stick. Everything from the gorgeous double band to the rich complex flavors, to the perfect draw, makes this cigar a treat. I just scored a box of the petit robustos and couldn’t be happier. I got it on thursday and I think I have 15 of the 23 left! The occasional oscuro bitterness is definitely true here and there but for me the last couple inches, if you just take tiny puffs, is as delicious as any cigar you’ll smoke. I nub every single one and as soon as I’m done I feel like I want to light up another one. It came out too late to hit this year’s top 25 but I feel confident that we’ll see it on next year’s list.
Long f*ckin’ ashes!
First cigar that really wowed me in 2011. The Le Bijou just had a ton of complexity and an unbelievable finish. Great review Jerry!
“Le Bijou” = French for “The Jewel”
I loooooove DP Garcia!
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Very good stick medium flavor sweet smell on
wrapper&smoke burn even I bought one at smoke inn at
margate fla. Got a few more after I lite it up thank you one of the
best I ever smoked
A true cigar, with very good and properly handled seeds, real tobacco and solid construction.