Agile Cigar Reviews replace what we termed “Assessment Updates”. The concept is the same, but the name is different. Agile Cigar Reviews use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or providing a score for a first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Flor de las Antillas Maduro Petit Robusto by My Father Cigars. This is a cigar we have previously assessed in the Torpedo size back in May, 2016.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (My Father Cigars SA)
Petit Robusto: 4 1/2 x 50
As the name indicates, the Flor de las Antillas Maduro is a maduro version of My Father Cigars’ Flor de las Antillas brand. It is a cigar that was originally released as a limited production shop exclusive to New Hampshire retailer Federal Cigar. It was in 2015 when Federal Cigar received a Petit Robusto offering of the Flor de las Antillas Maduro as a part of a series cigars to commemorate its 94th anniversary. In 2016, Federal Cigar received the Flor de las Antillas Maduro Torpedo to commemorate its 95th anniversary. A few months later, My Father Cigars brought the Flor de las Antillas Maduro to the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show and announced it was taking the line national. Today we take a look at the national release edition of the Flor de las Antillas Maduro Petit Robusto.
Flor de las Antillas is a brand that My Father Cigars launched back in 2012. It was released in the form of a sun-grown wrapped Nicaraguan puro. Since then, it has arguably become the most successful cigar in the history of My Father Cigars.
The Flor de las Antillas Maduro features an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler. The national release of the Flor de las Antillas Maduro has five sizes – all box-pressed. The Petit Robusto and Torpedo, the two vitolas released for Federal Cigar return for the national release in the same sizes. One change with the national release is that the Flor de las Antillas Maduro receives a secondary band.
The tasting notes of the Flor de las Antillas Maduro Petit Robusto include cocoa, leather, earth, berry, and white pepper. Early on, I found the chocolate notes to be more prominent and to a lesser extent there was some sweetness from the berry notes. The second half of the notes saw the leather notes and white pepper become more prominent. At the same time, the berry and chocolate notes diminished and toward the latter stage of the smoke had all but dissipated.
The flavors of the Flor de las Antillas Maduro Petit Robusto started out medium-bodied and by the second half became medium to full-bodied. Strength-wise, I found the Petit Robusto started out medium, but by the last third moved to medium to full-bodied.
When I first smoked the Torpedo edition of the Flor de las Antillas Maduro, I found it to be a cigar best smoked undistracted as it allows one to really pick up the nuances of the blend. I found the same case with the Flor de las Antillas Maduro Petit Robusto. At the same time, I don’t think this blend eclipses its Sun Grown counterpart. Still it’s a cigar I could recommend to an experienced cigar enthusiast or a novice looking to smoke something fuller. As for myself, I found it worthy of a fiver.
Key Flavors: Chocolate, Leather, White Pepper, Berry
Strength: Medium (1st 2/3), Medium to Full (Last Third)
Body: Medium (1st Half), Medium to Full (Second Half)
Assessment: 3.0-The Fiver
Previous Assessment: Flor de las Antillas Maduro Box Pressed Torpedo by My Father Cigars
News: My Father Cigars Takes Flor de Las Antillas Maduro National
Stogie Geeks Podcast: Episode 187
Stogie Feed: Flor de las Antillas Maduro Box Pressed Torpedo by My Father Cigars
Brand Reference: My Father
Photo Credit: Cigar Coop