My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petit Robusto Review
Smoking A Delicious Christmas Present
My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petit Robusto
Cigar Aficionado’s #1 Cigar for 2015
Today’s cigar, the My Father Le Bijou 1922 comes with an exceptional pedigree. It was named Cigar Aficionado’s top cigar of 2015!
Smoking a #1 cigar of the year is always a treat. This particular stick is special to me in another way too, as this cigar is a Christmas gift from Sinnjara’s family.
The actual cigar of the year was a different vitola, being a box pressed torpedo. Mine’s a petit robusto. Not a huge difference, but sometimes size does matter. Let’s get a proper introduction to this beautiful cigar so I can get smoking…
The original My Father brand was created by Jaime Garcia to honor his father, Pepin. A year later, Pepin decided to honor his own father with an offshoot brand called My Father Le Bijou 1922. Unlike the originals, which wear an Ecuadoran cover leaf, Le Bijou 1922 cigars are darker and stronger. The blend is Nicaraguan from top to bottom, showcasing Cuban-seed wrappers that the Garcia family calls oscuro…
The date 1922 denotes the birth year of José Garcia, the father of José “Pepin” Garcia. Le Bijou means “the jewel” in French. And this cigar is emblematic of all the Garcia family has achieved. Pepin started as a roller in Cuba before emigrating to Miami and eventually opening up a tiny rolling gallery in Little Havana. Commercial and critical acclaim for his cigars allowed expansion into Nicaragua. Today, Pepin, Jaime and Janny Garcia lead My Father Cigars, and their factory in Estelí produces millions of cigars a year. Despite rapid growth, the family still takes great care in producing cigars of quality and distinction, which shows in this My Father Le Bijou 1922…
It takes a profound understanding of cigar tobaccos to create a smoke that conveys uncanny impressions of dark chocolate-covered raisins, savory leather and a sweet-and-salty finish that resonates on the palate.
This cigar has an ideal combination of power and finesse to make it No. 1. It’s the second Cigar of the Year for the Garcias.
Shape: Petit Robusto
Size: 4 1/2 x 50
Wrapper Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper Leaf: Habano Oscuro-Oscuro
Reviewing My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petit Robusto
Construction of the My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petit Robusto is absolutely flawless. Wrapper is lightly veined, dark, smooth, and oily, with tight invisible seams.
I’m told Tricia (Sinnjara’s husband’s girlfriend) picked the cigar based on its aroma. I can understand why she selected it, as it’s aroma is deep and rich. Intoxicating.
The cigar’s unlit draw feels perhaps just a touch light, but the burn is perfect throughout. No touch-up needed. Smoke is profuse and satisfying. I’d place it somewhere between medium-full and full-bodied, but very much full flavored.
I’m not sure I can taste the chocolate covered raisins the reviewers from Cigar Aficionado raved about. To my palate, it’s more along the lines of hints of dark chocolate and dark cherries. The dark Oscuro wrapper is quite flavorful, the fillers and binder a perfect compliment.
I smoked this beauty down to a short nub, not wanting the experience to finish. The My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petit Robusto certainly lived up to the prior billing. It’s beautifully refined full flavor cigar, worthy of a special place in my cigar notebook, made all the more special as a gift…