My Father Cigars La Antiguedad
My Father Cigars’ La Antiguedad is one of the more talked about blends from a slew of releases coming from the My Father Cigars factories this year. I’ve smoked quite a few of these and finally settled in to post a write up of my thoughts.
The Good Stuff:
My Father Cigar has really been reaching deep into it’s roots with some of their more recent releases and the Antiguedad is another blend that celebrates the company’s heritage. Using a Cuban-seed blend the Antiguedad is the second full-box pressed line we’ve seen come out of the factory in the last few years. Based on the award-winning “La Flor de Antillas” (you can read that review here), the Antiguedad aims to bring a bolder, fuller experience. Some have referenced the Antiguedad as a Flor de Antillas on crack. Showcasing a Habano Ecuador Rosado Oscuro wrapper and all Nicaraguan innards, the Antiguedad is aimed at cigar smokers who crave bigger, bolder experiences. The My Father La Antiguedad comes in fives sizes: Robusto (5 ¼ x 42), Toro: (5 x 5/8 x 55), Corona Grande (6 3/8 x 47), Toro Gordo (6 x 60), and the Super Toro (7 x 56). They come packaged in box-pressed boxes of 20 and range between $7.50 and $9.00 a stick. I purchased a handful of these over from our friends at Cigarhustler.com.
Size: 6 3/8 x 47
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador Rosado Oscuro
Pairing: Odell Brewing’s Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA (Imperial IPA 10.1% ABV)
My Father’s Antiguedad resembles the same design strategy as we saw on the Flor de Antillas release they kicked out two years ago. Starting with an elegant ribbon, in this case bright red on the foot, and an incredibly detailed, beautifully done, gold encased painting on the band. The presentation is incredible, now let’s get to the cigar. The wrapper on the Antiguedad is absolutely beautiful. It starts off with a pretty consistent, milk chocolate brown which touts a few darker brown splotches scattered throughout the veiny wrapper. While the Antiguedad does carry quite a few veins, none of them seem overly worrisome. The texture of the wrapper is very rough and very toothy while the density of the wrapper feels rather thin. The body on the Antiguedad is a hard boxpress leading up with a round triple cap. The cigar doesn’t feel very packed with tobacco. It’s rather light, and a bit spongy. This was the case is most of the Antiguedad that I smoked and doesn’t necessarily mean there are construction flaws, but you will have to read on to see if it impacted the draw at all.
The wrapper on My Father’s Antiguedad gives off a very strong spice and syrup aroma while the foot smells very natural with lots of grass and grain aromas. The cap cut lite butter leaving behind a very potent spice, strong cedar, and leathery cold draw.
The My Father Antiguedad started out with a whole mess of black and Cayenne pepper. After the first few draws my tongue and mouth where left with a nice little singling sensation. Underneath the pepper was a real bold cedar, strong citrus, notes of honey and charred meat with lots and lots of mixed spice. This was a flavor bomb right off the bat. The draw is a bit loose, but in all the cigar that I have smoked in this blend I had no trouble with the draw despite the cigar’s lack of packed tobacco. The was all sorts of crazy as I closed out the first third leaving behind a trail of medium grey, semi-compacted ash which held on for only about an inch before giving way.
The My Father La Antiguedad is still rocking into the second third. I’m impressed with the pepper still hanging in there. It’s not as strong as it once was but it’s still a major component in the experience. The spice and cedar are owning the flavor profile along with some bold citrus and leather with backing smoked meat. It may sound like a strange mix-up of flavors, but they actually work really well with one another. The retrohale is really, really strong with so much spice and pepper I couldn’t handle doing it more than once. I did have to touch up the burn between the first and second third as it was just getting out of hand, burning heavily on one side. The second third was much more successful but still required a few little touch ups to get it burning evenly. I am already feeling a nice little nicotine kick as I close out the second third of the Antiguedad.
Just as I was thinking the burn issues had been defeated, the cigar went out on me. No bother, I lit it back up and we are back in action. Wow, the strength was already pretty full, but it continued to ramp up in the final third of the My Father La Antiguedad. It’s not a cigar for the faint of heart. The flavor profile is still leaning heavily on the spice, cedar, and citrus while the meat and leather are still in there. I also encountered some interesting black licorice flavors in the final third, although the were pretty slight and may have just been a byproduct of all the other flavors. The cigar took me two full hours to take down and I experienced very little harshness and absolutely no heat buildup. After relighting the cigar at the start of the final third it burned itself down to the nub leaving me with one hell of a nicotine kick. There was some wavy areas but I let them be and the cigar finished cleanly.
I remember smoking the Flor de Antillas thinking “Damn, this cigar is good, but it’s missing something. I wish it had a bit more strength and a bit more body”. That’s exactly what My Father did when they created the Antiguedad and in my opinion, it paid off. I smoked most of the vitolas in the Antiguedad line and the Corona Grande is my favorite, and probably carries the most strength, and body. This cigar left me a bit wobbly and I probably wouldn’t recommend it to cigar smokers who aren’t used to handling stronger cigars. I would however, recommend it in boxes to those who love strong, bold, flavorful cigars that carry such quality as what My Father Cigars has always offered. I did have a few issues with the burn in most of the cigars I smoked, but I can’t really complain with a few subtle touch ups and a relight here and there. They didn’t char up or muddle the profile.
Since summer is quickly coming to a close I am trying to squeeze in a few great summer beers before they expire. This week, I took a gamble pairing My Father Cigar’s La Antiguedad with a bottle of Odell Brewing Company’s Tree Shaker. Tree shaker is an Imperial IPA brewed with peaches as the Odell Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. Coming in at 10.1% (that’s what my bottle says, every where I look online has it listed at 9.7%. Maybe I’m just special) this beer leads with some smooth pine, citrus, and light peach notes with a soft mouthfeel finishing very crisp with some light grain and hoppiness. I thought I would pick up more peach, but I am actually glad I didn’t. The creamy smoothness hides the booziness really well making this incredibly easy to drink. The citrus and peach went shockingly well with the citrus from the La Antiguedad while the cedar and spice from the cigar laid on a whole new dimension to the beer. I think the Antiguedad would also pair well with a barley-wine, some bold port wine, or some sweet bourbon. Just make sure you pairing is bold enough to keep up with the cigar.