|My Father Oro de Nicaragua Toro|
The My Father Oro de Nicaragua Toro is a new small batch release from My Father Cigars. To some extent, most of this release has been shrouded with mystery. A couple of weeks ago, we reported of the arrival of this cigar at the Casa de Montrcristo stores in the Chicago, Illinois area. The name of the cigar stands for “gold of Nicaragua”. Not much else is known about this cigar line other than it is made by My Father Cigars, it is made in four sizes, and it has a Nicaraguan wrapper. Recently I’ve had an opportunity to smoke the Oro de Nicaragua in the Toro format. I found this to be one of the better cigars released under the My Father brand name in some time and overall found this to be an excellent cigar.
While there are not a lot of details about this cigar, 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.”
In addition to being sold at Casa de Montecristo’s retail stores, the cigar has been placed for sale through the retailer’s online site.
Without further ado, let’s break down the Oro de Nicaragua and see what this cigar brings to the table:
Specific details of the blend to the Oro de Nicaragua have not been disclosed at this time.
Binder: Not disclosed
Filler: Not disclosed
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (My Father Cigars)
The Oro de Nicaragua is available in four sizes. The cigars are packaged in 12 count boxes.
Robusto: 5 x 50
Perfecto: 5 x 52
Toro: 6 x 52
Torpedo: 6 x 52
|My Father Oro de Nicaragua
Photo Credit: Casa de Montecristo
|My Father Oro de Nicaragua
(Left to Right – Perfecto, Robusto, Torpedo, Toro)
Photo Credit: Casa de Montecristo
The wrapper of the Oro de Nicaragua Toro is darker than most wrappers seen on the core My Father line, but lighter than the My Father Le Bijou line. The wrapper has a mahogany color to it with an oily sheen on it. While there are also a few visible veins and some thin visible wrapper seams, the surface of the wrapper is quite smooth.
There are two bands on the My Father Oro de Nicaragua. The primary band is the classic peach , pink, red, green, gold, and white band that is found across My Father branded cigars. There is a secondary band that sits just below the primary one. The secondary band is mostly black with white trim. On the center of that band is the text “ORO de NICARAGUA” in gold font. To the lower left and lower right of that text is the text “MY FATHER” – also in gold font. The remainder of the band contains some red, green, and gold adornments.
Preparation for the Cigar Experience
Prior to lighting up the Oro de Nicaragua Toro, I went with a straight cut to remove the cap. After clipping the cap of the Oro de Nicaragua I moved on to the pre-light draw. The cold draw provided smooth notes of chocolate and leather as well as a slight tingly spice. Overall I considered the pre-light draw of this cigar to be very good. At this point I was ready to light up the Oro de Nicaragua and see what the smoking phase would have in store.
The start to the Oro de Nicaragua Toro delivered a classic Garcia family pepper blast. The pepper consisted of a combination of black and white pepper. Before the pepper subsided some notes of coffee, earth and nut emerged. The pepper notes morphed into more of a combination of baker’s spice and pepper. The coffee and spice notes became primary while the earth and nut flavors became secondary. Meanwhile the pepper was prominent on the retro-hale, but I also detected a touch of a floral note (which was something advertised with this cigar).
I found the Oro de Nicaragua Toro to develop a nice smoothness throughout the smoking experience. The coffee notes remained primary. At times the coffee notes had a black coffee flavor and at other times it was closer to a creamy hot chocolate. The spice became a close secondary note while the earth and nut flavors were more distant.
In the last third, I found the spice notes to kick back in. While the coffee notes still exhibited a smoothness, I found the spice kick to complement the coffee very nicely. This is the way the flavor profile held until the end. The resulting nub was outstanding – firm to the touch and cool in temperature.
Burn and Draw
In terms of both the burn and draw, both get high scores on the Oro de Nicaragua Toro. Recently we introduced a new category to assess burn called “exceptional” – which pretty much is as close to a perfect burn as you can get. The burn line had a sharp edge with a slight curvature from time to time, but this cigar never got off track of burning straight. The ash was tight and firm with a bright white color. The burn rate and burn temperature were both ideal.
The draw was also exceptional in my book. It had a touch of resistance – which is something I really like on a draw (especially a parejo). This made the Oro de Nicaragua Toro an enjoyable smoke.
Strength and Body
Overall I found the My Father Oro de Nicaragua to be a cigar that seemed to have the right amount of strength and body. From a strength perspective, I found the Oro de Nicaragua to have just enough strength to be a medium to full strength cigar from start to finish. As for the flavors, they had a nice depth to them. I assessed the Oro de Nicaragua as a medium to full-bodied cigar. In terms of strength versus body, I gave a slight edge to the body over the strength, but not by much.
Over the past five years, My Father Cigars has established a very impressive track record – for the work coming out of their factory as well as for the brands they produced. There is some pretty good competition within the My Father portfolio, but I found the Oro de Nicaragua to stand up with the best of them. This cigar had some terrific flavors, but it was the smoothness of this cigar that really impressed me. There was some nice nuances with the flavors (the coffee notes demonstrating black coffee and chocolate flavors as well as the different spice notes I got). Overall I found this cigar to be a winner. I would recommend this cigar to an experienced cigar enthusiast. I’d also recommend this to a novice looking to move to a cigar in the medium to full range. As for myself, this was a very enjoyable cigar – and one that is a box worthy cigar for sure.
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Medium to Full
Assessment: 4.0 – Box Worthy
News: My Father Oro de Nicaragua
Source: Cigars Provided by Retailer
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