My Father Oro De Nicaragua
I got hit with a nasty ear and sinus infection last week so I was absent once again, but this weekend I decided to brave the 108 heat and head out back with a My Father Oro de Nicaragua and a bottle of Prairie Artisan Pirate Bomb!.
The Good Stuff:
While we are all familiar with the My Father lined of cigars, one that hasn’t crossed my path yet is the Oro de Nicaragua. This cigar is exclusive to Casa de Montecristo in Chicago, Illinois. While the blend is kept secret, Cigar Coop stated that:
Casa de Montecristo did tell us that this cigar comes from a special crop of tobacco from the My Father Factory. Specifically we were told, “the (Nicaraguan) wrapper of this cigar was chosen first from the rich aroma it gave off while in the bales, then the sweetness it brought to the palate once it was smoked. It truly is an exceptional leaf.”
The name “Oro de Nicaragua” translates to “the Gold of Nicaragua”. The My Father Oro de Nicaragua comes in 4 sizes, Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 52), Torpedo (6 1/8 x 52) and a Perfecto (5 x 52) ranging between $9.99 and $8.32 a stick. Thanks to the Casa de Montecristo team for sending these my way.
Size: 6 1/8 x 52 torpedo
Pairing: Prairie Artisan Pirate Bomb! (Imperial Stout 14% ABV)
The My Father Oro de Nicaragua starts with a gorgeous, medium to dark brown wrapper. The color is consistent for the most part with a few lighter, orangish splotches scattered throughout the cigar. The cigar’s texture carries a decent amount of tooth, a ton of thick oils, and some smaller veins while the wrapper leaf is laid seamlessly leading up to the cigar’s tapered cap. The cigar is heavy, and very tightly packed with no soft spots. The wrapper feels extremely hard and dense. The My Father Oro de Nicaragua carries the standard pink/white/green/gold band as the other cigar’s in the My Father lineup but also sports a secondary black band with the words “Oro de Nicaragua” embossed in cold metallic ink across the front.
The wrapper on the My Father Oro De Nicaragua gives off a very spicy, peppery aroma while the foot boasts bold musky, oak, and sweetness. The cap cut very clean and easily using my Xikar double bladed cutter. The cold draw produces a bunch of oak, berry, sweetness and musk which I can only hope transitions into the actual smoking experience.
Off the bat I was only greeted with a small little black pepper blast from the My Father Oro de Nicaragua. I was expected it to be much more substantial but the tame pepper lead into bold vanilla, oak, musk, spice, and cocoa with a ton of sweetness poured over it. While being tame in the pepper department the cigar didn’t hold back in terms of body, and the flavors were great from the start. The draw was fluid and released a good amount of thick white smoke while the cigar released a decent amount of stationary smoke as it rested in my ashtray. The burn line on the Oro de Nicaragua was dead even, razor sharp, while it left behind a trail of tightly compacted medium gray ash which held on for about an inch before giving way.
Into the second third of the My Father Oro de Nicaragua and the musk flavor, paired with a strong sweetness have really started dominating the flavor profile, backed by the oak, spice, vanilla, and some slight berry. As I got around the halfway point and really interesting floral/cologne type flavor began to sneak it’s way in. That may sound off-putting, but the result couldn’t have been more satisfying. I am totally into the flavor profile of this cigar. The retrohale reminds me of the pepper that once popped it’s head in the flavor profile. I close out the second third with nothing in the nicotine department while the cigar is still burning like a dream.
Into the final third of the My Father Oro de Nicaragua and the flavors are still rockin’. The musk and oak are leading the charged now backed by strong sweetness, that floral/cologne mixture, vanilla, spice, and slight berry. I know that’s a ton of flavors and I would have never been able to pick them out independently if they all came in at the same time. But, whatever. The cigar took me an hour and a half to take down and I don’t think I could have enjoyed it more. There was no harshness, nor extra heat as the cigar finished just barely cresting into the full strength category.
While I’m a huge fan of the My Father line, the Oro de Nicaragua has to be one of my favorite extensions to date. The flavor profile is incredible, and not one I really pick up in many cigars. That being said, the cigar still smokes like a My Father while carrying similar flavor characteristics. This is a damn good cigar and I plan on picking up another box. While it’s an exclusive, they are available, and the price point is right up there with any other cigar from the My Father line.
Prairie Artisan Ales is no stranger here on Casas Fumando. Usually my goto is their Prairie Bomb! But this week I stumbled across an extra special treat, their Pirate Bomb! Pirate Bomb! is the same beer as Prairie Bomb!, a Imperial stout with coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans, and Chilies added. The big difference is that this version of the beer is aged in Rum Casks resulting in a sweeter, higher ABV (14%) version of the beer. The Pirate Bomb! leads with massive amounts of sweet vanilla, coconut, cocoa, spice and a bold rum with a very, very heavy mouthfeel before finishing thick with some strong cocoa, vanilla, chile, and a ton of booziness. The vanilla, cocoa, and spice went wonderfully with the My Father Oro de Nicaragua. The bold sweetness really pushed the sweetness of the cigar through, and the chile added to the cologne/floral flavor in the cigar. What an absolutely incredible pairing.