My Father El Hijo

For today’s epic encounter, we head to South Florida for retail-exclusive cigar offered by Smoke Inn.  Once again, a famous cigar family is responsible for making this epic encounter possible – the Garcia family.

Coming in at #24 is the My Father El Hijo.  As mentioned, this is a cigar that is only available from Smoke Inn in Florida.  This was the third release of Smoke Inn’s “Microblend Series”. The intent of the Microblend Series is to a produce a limited run of retail exclusive cigars made by some of the biggest manufacturers.  In this case, Smoke Inn owner Abe Dababneh teamed up with the Garcias for this exclusive blend.  Normally, I’m skeptical about including a retail exclusive cigar in a “Cigar of the Year” countdown, but Dababneh and Smoke Inn have sold these over the internet – so it has been readily available for cigar enthusiasts.

The name “El Hijo” means “The Son”, so it keeps with a lot of the theme of My Father Cigars. There is an irony from a personal standpoint on this one.  My announcement for this cigar on my countdowncoincides with my oldest son’s birthday.   This was purely coincidental as I did not realize that when I slotted this at #24, it would be announced by me on his birthday.

The distinguishing factors of this cigar are the frayed foot and a beautiful limited-supply Ecuadorian Habano wrapper harvested by the Garcias in 2009.  Overall, this might be the best blend I’ve sampled under the My Father line.  The El Hijo features flavors of  coffee, butterscotch, orange citrus, cedar sweetness, pepper notes.  The cigar is medium to full in terms of strength and body.   It’s another cigar that really got better with age. In fact, this might be one of the best blends under the “My Father” line.

Here is the detailed assessment that was done a pre-release of the El Hijo. Here is more information on the final assessment.

Blend Profile

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2009
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Vitolas Available

A single vitola is only available – and that is a 5 1/2 x 52 box-pressed Toro.

Recommended Vitola: Toro (default)