My Father Cedros Deluxe Cervantes

My Father Cigars reports that they have 700 employees, but there is nary a typist among them. Okay, I’m speculating about that last bit. Perhaps there is another reason why their website is so attractive and yet barren of content, but I’m fond of the notion that it is due to a paucity of secretarial skills in the workforce.

Those 7000 dextrous digits are kept away from all keyboards and directed instead to the rolling gallery of the Garcia Family Industrial Park, where they are producing some of Nicaragua’s finest smokes.

Soon after the My Father line of cigars was introduced in 2008, the Cedros Deluxe line was added in the lonsdale and corona gorda sizes, called Cervantes and Eminentes respectively. At first glance it’s difficult to see why the cedar is necessary because the regular My Father line is an impressively rich cigar to begin with. I guess cedar is like cowbell — more is better.

Due to the lack of information on this cigar I’m going to hazard a guess that the composition is the same as the standard My Father line — a blend of Nicaraguan fillers and binder (grown on the Garcias’ La Estrella farm in Esteli) and a Habano-Criollo hybrid wrapper from the Oliva Tobacco company in Ecuador.

Construction Notes

The stamped cedar sleeve on the My Father Cedros is an attractive aesthetic feature as well as a flavor enhancer, and the fact that it slides off so easily is pleasing as well. The wrapper is a ruddy colorado maduro with some fine veins and a touch of oil. As expected, the roll and the finishing touches at the head of the cigar are precise and refined.

The Cedros version seemed to burn a little bit faster than the No. 1, but it also seemed lighter to me, so maybe the proportion of ligero to lighter more combustible leaf is a bit different here. The Cervantes burned beautifully and exhibited in all other respects excellent construction, even exceeding the high quality of the the No. 1.

Overall construction excellent.

Tasting Notes

Anticipating my experience with the My Father No. 1, I was expecting the Cedros Deluxe to open with lashings of black pepper, but the Cervantes turns out to be a much more congenial cigar. Pepper is still front and center, but it’s balanced by other flavors and takes a civilized approach (as opposed to the hooligan mentality of the DPG Blue or the like.)

The cedar lends a sweet character to the smoke that blends well with an earthy and tannic flavor on the palate. A caramel-like quality shows up after an inch or two as the pepper relaxes.

The second half of the cigar develops more complexity as leathery flavors overtake the earthy ones. The smoke remains quite smooth and easy going, about medium in body and strength. The sweet cedary notes turn a bit darker. At one point I detected coconut, which might be attributed to environmental factors, like smoking in the waning hours of a summer day that pushed the mercury to 114 degrees. At the band the flavors start to char a bit and I’m ready to seek psychiatric assistance, or at least to go inside and cool off.

Conclusion

The My Father Cedros Cervantes is a slightly milder and more aromatic version of the My Father blend. I’m not sure if that is due to the size or if the blend has been tweaked for the Cedros Deluxe, but either way it suits me fine. It’s smooth and laden with cedar sweetness in balance with leather and earth.

Though perhaps not quite as complex as the No. 1, it’s well worth smoking as a medium-bodied alternative. Pricing is about the same, unfortunately — around $8-9 per stick. But in this case it’s worth the expense.

Final Score: 91

Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros

Introduced at the IPCPR last year, Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros also marks the introduction of a new aging process developed by the mad scientists at General Cigar’s HATSA facility in Cofradia, Honduras. The process has been dubbed “Inmersión”™ and duly trademarked.

I haven’t found a detailed description of what all this entails (because it’s a trade secret, I’m sure), but I’m guessing “Inmersión” is probably similar to barrel-aging. The end result of the process is an extra cedary kick given to the wrapper leaf. As the developers explain,

Enveloped in fragrant cedar, the cigar matures to a complex medium-bodied smoke with a uniquely spicy, rich taste.

The core of the cigar is a blend of Honduran, Nicaraguan, and piloto cubano from the Dominican Republic, which is then bound in Connecticut Broadleaf and topped off with the specially aged and treated Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper.

Three sizes are in production:

  • Liso – 7 x 49
  • Marco – 6.25 x 54
  • Sueno – 5.25 x 54

Construction Notes

The Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado is a solid but generally unattractive cigar. The wrapper is smooth in texture, but very thin, showing the contours of the binder beneath. The color of the wrapper is an unusual yellowish-golden brown.  The cap is slapped on without much concern for looks, but it slices away nicely and reveals a very nice draw. The overall effect is rough and weathered, though this is offset somewhat by the packaging — the cedar sleeve is not only in keeping with the cedar theme, it improves the looks of the cigar.

The burn is good, though somewhat uneven, and the ash is solid. The wrapper cracks and tears very easily, so this might not be the one to smoke outside on a frigid day.

Overall construction — good to very good.

Tasting Notes

The Hoyo Reposado en Cedros is appropriately named — cedar, cedar everywhere. A pre-light whiff of this cigar is like walking into a well-tended humidor. The first inch is extremely smooth, with no harsh edges and a very short finish. The flavors include (Surprise!) cedar with a touch of honey over a earthy, slightly vegetal tasting base. The aroma is all cedar, all the time. Even the aftertaste is of cedar.

The middle section is a little richer tasting, bringing in a deeper woody flavor that balances out the high sweet cedar notes that still dominate the aroma. The finish lengthens a bit and there is the slightest hint of spice on the tongue. The smoke texture is medium in body, but the cigar is still mild in strength.

The Reposado continues on this track till it reaches its  medium-bodied, mildly spicy, sweet, and cedary destination.  At times I grew impatient with the cigar and puffed a little too frequently, resulting in a flavor that veered toward bitterness. Don’t do this. Let the cigar be it’s own mild-mannered lazy self and imagine that you’re in a sauna. One made of cedar. Relax. It’s not a crime to be bored.

Conclusion

The Sueños I smoked for the review were all consistent in flavor and performance, that is, consistently decent if a little dull. This is a very smooth smoke which announces cedar before flame ever touches foot, so if cedar isn’t your thing, you might look elsewhere. Aside from that, this is a well-made cigar.

If this cedar-aged profile appeals to you, then the price tag will be sure to please as well. The Sueños sell for only 5 to 6 USD per stick, and the larger sizes only slightly more. I might look for this one after breakfast sometime, if I get the hankering for a walk in the woods and there are no woods to walk in.

Final Score: 85

Thanks to General Cigar for providing samples of this cigar for review.