By now, all the trick-or-treaters have gone home, and I hope none of you got sick on Halloween candy. This week, I’m reviewing the My Father El Hijo, the third installment in the Smoke Inn exclusive Microblend Series.
My Father El Hijo by the numbers:
(Smoke Inn exclusive)
Size: 5.5×52 box-pressed
Wrapper: Select 2009 Harvest Ecuadorian Habano
Factory: My Father in Esteli, Nicaragua
No. smoked for review: 2
Duration: 75 minutes
Source: review samples
Price: $9.75 ($146.25 per box of 15)
This is a great looking cigar, featuring the typically ornate My Father band paired with a secondary El Hijo label. Off the wrapper, I picked up some faint earth and sweet hay, while the foot gave off more of the same earthy aromas, plus a hint of chocolate and a distinct tingly spice that tickles the nose. The cold draw offered up the perfect amount of resistance, along with a subdued earthy flavor.
Once lit, the cigar produced tons of thick, creamy smoke with each puff from beginning to end. Upon transitioning from the unfinished foot to the light brown wrapper, a nutty flavor developed, together with a spicy cayenne pepper at the back of the palate. The burn was quite well-behaved, requiring only the occasional touch-up to keep things going perfectly. In the second third, the flavor profile took a woodsy turn and a tangy sweetness rose up, while the final third offered accents of sweet toffee and toasty notes. By the end, I was definitely feeling a slight nicotine buzz, but nothing overwhelming.
I can’t think of anything that’s come out of the My Father cigar factory that I haven’t enjoyed. El Hijo is a nice & unique expansion of their offerings, and a worthy addition to the Smoke Inn exclusive Microblend Series.
In honor of Halloween, I was thinking of maybe donning a costume for this week’s video, but my Drunk Brian Hewitt outfit was at the dry cleaners getting a vomit stain removed. I’m still trying to get the hang of the video review thing, so please bear with me as I stammer my way through this one.
(Video length: 11:11)
Soundtrack: “Find that Void” by Gordon Tarpley (courtesy of musopen.org)
As I mentioned in the video, Smoke Inn is currently running a special where if you buy a box of the My Father El Hijo, you’ll get a free My Father special 3-pack (while supplies last): http://www.smokeinn.com/eshop/My-Father-El-Hijo-SI-Exclusive.html
Charlie has been enjoying cigars since 2000 and generally prefers a medium-bodied, full-flavored smoke. A USAF vet, he is currently pursuing a PhD in computer science, focusing on artificial intelligence and computational linguistics. Originally from Connecticut and now residing in Delaware, Charlie is also a fan of football, science fiction, political philosophy, and single malt scotch. You can contact Charlie on Twitter @greenbacker