Cigar Reviews

My Father Cigars – El Hijo

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Kicking out yet another review, today I bring you Smoke Inn’s next Microblend Series, My Father’s El Hijo.

My Father El Hijo

Smoke Inn has been on a roll getting some of the most exclusive, and top notch cigar manufacturers to create exclusive Microblends for them. First it was the Tatuaje Anarchy, followed by the Padron 1964 SI-15, and now Don Pepin Garcia and family teamed up with Smoke Inn to bring you the My Father El Hijo.

My Father El Hijo

The El Hijo, or Son, will be released in only one size. A Box-Pressed 5.5 x 52 with an unfinished foot. The cigar is composed of an all Nicaraguan binder and filler wrapped with a very rare limited edition harvest of 2009 Ecuadorian Habana leaf. The El Hijo will come in boxes of 15 and average about $9.75 a stick. This falls in line with other cigars in the My Father series. Again, these cigars will only be available from Smoke Inn and will go fast. They are due out at the end of August.

Size: 5.5 x 52  –  Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano  –  Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan  –  Body: Full

My Father El Hijo

Prelight: Seeing a My Father cigar in box-press form is definitely a surprise from me. The El Hijo is a venture from the standard My Father lines in more way then one. The obvious box-press shape combined with the unfinished foot really make for some interesting appeal. Outside of those characteristics the El Hijo still carried the standard superb construction we all come to expect from the My Father factory. The consistent, medium brown wrapper contains almost no veins and is blends flawlessly into the round triple cap. I almost can’t make out where the body stops and the cap begins. This My Father, like many others carries a double band. The first one is the traditional, amazingly designed “My Father” band with green, red, pink and orange ink mixed in with a ton of gold embossing. The secondary band is very different. It still carries the standard My Father branding but it’s painted this strange, dried mustard color with the words “El Hijo” laid in prominent black ink. The cigar is solid all the way through. No soft spots, and only very little give when I compress it between my fingers.

The El Hijo’s wrapper gives off this crazy pungent barnyard scent while the foot has a much more spicy/peppery  composition. The cigar cut very easy, and clean using my double bladed Palio cigar cutter. I am really only pulling this very natural taste from the cold draw. There is a bit of spice in there but mostly it’s a grassy/earthy flavor and not much else.

My Father El Hijo

First Smoke: Lighting the El Hijo was a cinch with the unfinished foot. But I am always a bit weary about how the burnline will fare once it gets to the wrapper. Luckily for me, this cigar did well with keeping a modest burnline even into the wrapper. The first initial flavor was a nice burst of pepper. Not anything in your face, but just enough to let you know it was there. Quickly the pepper faded and I was left with a very spicy, woodsy, leather, and a creamy coffee. This cigar doesn’t start off with as much bite as I was expecting. A lot smoother. The draw from this El Hijo was just awesome. It took very little effort to get a mouthful or thick, heavy smoke. The burnline continued well for the most part, only producing very slight waves from it’s razor sharp line. The ash left behind was a bit flaky, and very light grey. It only held on for about an inch before giving way.

My Father El Hijo

Halfway There: Into the second third of this My Father El Hijo and the story is much the same. Very smooth, with nice flavors, but I can already start to feel a bit of nicotine catching up to me. The My Fathers are like that, sneaky SOBs. The main flavors are still this nice grassy, woodsy taste with some soft coffee and a really interesting caramel. That’s right. This cigar tastes like a grassy Caramel Macchiato. The retrohale on this El Hijo is a lot smoother than I thought it was going to be coating my nasal passage with a nice, creamy wood flavor. The burnline on this cigar is right on the money.

My Father El Hijo

Finish: And here comes that standard Pepin/My Father bite that I am used to. Although the main flavors still remain overall grassy and earthy, the coffee flavor has really taken off as well as a reappearance from the pepper. Overall this cigar took about an hour and a half to take down, and remained extremely smooth the entire time. I took this cigar down as far as my fingers would let me and I experienced no harshness what so ever. Tons of nicotine though, this is a bold cigar with a ton of body.

My Father El Hijo

Overview: The El Hijo is a damn good cigar. I really enjoyed it. The cigar carries all the same characteristics that the My Father, and My Father Le Bijou, but at the same time stands out by itself. A great micro batch cigar. In comparison to the My Father and the Le Bijou, the El Hijo seemed a lot creamier and an overall smoother experience. I personally liked the Le Bijou the best, backed by the El Hijo, and then the My Father. And the price seems to fit my opinion just right. Grab these while you can, the El Hijo is a perfect cigar for anyone who likes Pepin’s cigars or enjoys the My Father Line.

My Father El Hijo

Pairing: I decided to pair this cigar with a nice bottle of Weihenstephaner’s Vitus Wiezenbock. Vitus, is a light, wheat style beer brewed at the Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan brewery in Germany. With an ABV of 7.70% Vitus is a perfect summer beer. Light in color but rich in banana, wheat, malt, and clove favors Vitus pairs perfectly with a sunny day, and almost any cigar.

My Father El Hijo

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.


  1. Lou Bozzelli

    July 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    You just can’t go wrong with any Pepin Garcia cigars. You just can’t! I have to see if I can get a 5pack sent up north. Great review and pics Tony!

  2. Tony Casas

    July 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks Lou! I agree man, anything Pepin touches is work a try. The Great to Not-So-Great ratio always works in our favor.

  3. jjo

    July 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Hmm, 2 months to scrape the pennies together. Sounds tempting. Interesting color on the secondary band. Doesn’t seem to match very well with the main band, but it does coodinate well with the wrapper. Great job, as usual.

  4. Tadd

    July 5, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I dig the Le Bijou over the regular lines, and can only imagine the extra creaminess. I think the Pepin is definitely very busy and very talented. Ecuadorian wrapper sounds like a good mix in there. I am looking forward to getting my hands on a few of these. Nicely reviewed! Thanks!

  5. Tony Casas

    July 5, 2011 at 8:41 am

    @JJo – Right? The Secondary band seemed strange to me. But knowing the Smoke Inn guys and their crazy personalities it fits them just right! Always trying to push the envelope, it gets attention 🙂

    @Tadd – IF you like the Le Bijou you will love these. I too am a big fan of the Bijou and found this cigar a great expansion of the line. It fits those mid-afternoons when I want the My Father experience, without the stomach ache.

  6. Jay

    July 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Good job, Tony !
    Looks like another successful product through SmokeInn / My Father collabo. Will add to the list. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tony Casas

      July 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Jay! I think you’d like these a lot. Go gettem!

  7. johnnyv

    July 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I didn’t check to see if you reviewed the LE MF le bijou from puff n stuff but I did recently pick up a box of those and they’re incredible. Id really like to see how these will compare. Im just curious if pepin ever sleeps! I think they should start coming up with pepin facts similar to the Chuck Norris classics. The man is super human.

    • Tony Casas

      July 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Pepin was born in a log cabin that he built himself? haha! The LE MF from puff n stuff?! Do you have a link to that? I don’t think either of us have gotten our hands on those. Daniel recently did the MF LE10 (I think, or was it the 11?… 10 I think. Oh well.). But I’d love to scoop up some different ones if they are out there. It seems everything in the my father line is dynamite. Thanks for the read!

  8. johnnyv

    July 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I like that one! Log Cabin, haha! Sure, the link is and they’re down to less than 50 boxes. They come in 5er’s also. The boxes are signed by Jaime himself. I suggest you check them out. Brian from Stogie Review did a review on them as did Steve from Smoking Stogie I believe.

    • Tony Casas

      July 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      Ahh! There are those beauties! Now that you mention it I do remember seeing these on Smoking Stogie! I’ll have to see if I can’t get a few ;p

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