Blind Cigar Review: My Father | Oro de Nicaragua

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Cigar Info

This cigar is without a doubt, one of the best cigars to come out of the Pepin factory in recent memory. If the Oro de Nicaragua had come out three months ago, we’re sure it would have topped Cigar Aficionados best cigars list! The pre-light draw on this cigar has a pleasant sweetness to it, and at a glance the wrapper looks like a piece of fine leather. Once lit, the Oro de Nicaragua gives off some spice with a floral note through the retrohale, and none of it leaves a funny aftertaste. The roll is tight enough to hold half the cigars worth of ash, and you can set it down without fear of it rapidly going out. The smoke is smooth throughout, and you find yourself wanting to light up another just after you finish; it’s That good.

Blind Cigar Review: My Father | Oro de Nicaragua

Vital Stats:

Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed
Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
Blender: Don Pepin Garcia &
Number of reviewers: 4Kent (Throck) Gregg (McGreggor57) Stefan (Stefan) Craig (WyldKnyght)
Price: $8.00
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: 2014
Contributed by: Casa De Montecristo

Blind Cigar Review: My Father | Oro de Nicaragua

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 88

“This robusto sized cigar had a maduro colored wrapper that was shiny and smooth, that was very thin, and it was flaking and cracked. There were thin to medium veins, a barely visible seam and a triple cap.” -Craig (WyldKnyght)

Aroma: 90

“The wrapper had a floral scent, the foot smelled of mild tobacco, and the dry puff tasted earthy.” -Craig (WyldKnyght)

Blind Cigar Review: My Father | Oro de Nicaragua

Blind Cigar Review: My Father | Oro de Nicaragua

First Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“My initial dry puff revealed beautiful raisin and leather properties. I enjoyed this somewhat offbeat combination. The initial flavors were delicate and produced a classic duo of cedar and leather.” -Kent (Throck)

“The lack of any initial spiciness allows a lot of flavors to come through. Oak and cedar, wet and dry grasses with a slightly burnt molasses in the background. Cedar appears to be winning to war of the woods the further into smoke. Well balanced and flavorful.” -Gregg (McGreggor57)

Blind Cigar Review: My Father | Oro de Nicaragua

Blind Cigar Review: My Father | Oro de Nicaragua

Second Third

Flavor: 94
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The flavors from the first third persisted, but intensified in quality. The deep, rich low notes of leather added a beautiful backdrop for the more diaphanous hints of cedar. A slight raisin-like flavor was also introduced which was welcomed.” -Kent (Throck)

“The middle third begins heavy on the grasses with some notes of dried tea. Leather develops in the background and really smooths out the flavors. While not as full as the first third, it’s still satisfying.” -Gregg (McGreggor57)

Blind Cigar Review: My Father | Oro de Nicaragua

Blind Cigar Review: My Father | Oro de Nicaragua

Final Third

Flavor: 92
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The end of the cigar went out loudly. The cedar and leather continued but a bit of spice was added to the blend. I enjoyed this final last hurrah as it sent me off on a high note.” -Kent (Throck)

“The last third turns spicy, exhibiting notes of cayenne pepper which are deftly balance by flavors of unsweetened cocoa powder. Turns slightly rougher at the nub, though not harsh, so I ended up smoking it till my finger got too close to the embers (which I usually don’t do).” -Stefan (Stefan)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 88

“This cigar had a great draw that never wavered. It was a thing of beauty.” -Kent (Throck)

Burn: 93

“Ashed for the first time during the second third. A very slow and even burn throughout, making it a perfect smoke on a windy night.” -Stefan (Stefan)

Construction: 88

“This cigar was firm with a couple hard spots, but not bad.” -Craig (WyldKnyght)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Overall Experience: 91

“I really enjoyed the cigar and hope to purchase more that have an intact wrapper from the onset. I think that the whole experience would drastically increase if I wasn’t so preoccupied with a disintegrating cigar.” -Kent (Throck)

“I rounded up based on the flavors. Although the final third was a bit boring, the first two made up for it. My sample had some construction issues with the wrapper and draw but it wouldn’t deter me from smoking another one.” -Gregg (McGreggor57)

“One of the best stogies I’ve smoked in recent memory. If this sells for under $10 a stick I shall undoubtedly stock up.” -Stefan (Stefan)

“Overall this cigar was very good, had the thin wrapper not unraveled, it would have been rated higher.” -Craig (WyldKnyght)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 51

  • Appearance 88% 88%
  • Aroma 90% 90%
  • First Third 90% 90%
  • Second Third 94% 94%
  • Final Third 92% 92%
  • Draw 88% 88%
  • Burn 93% 93%
  • Construction 88% 88%
  • Overall Experience 91% 91%

Total Score - Very Good

 

Reviewer
Appearance
Aroma
1/3
2/3
3/3
Draw
Burn
Constr.
Overall
Experience
KentThrock)909092939290979095
GreggMcGreggor57)879090908887908590
StefanStefan)858890959297979592
CraigWyldKnyght)959290959085888790

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Blind Cigar Review: My Father | Oro de Nicaragua