The My Father Limited Edition 2015 5th Anniversary cigar is part of the highly acclaimed Limited Edition series created by Don Pepin Garcia back in 2010. This cigar is rolled exclusively by Don Pepin Garcia himself along with his son Jaime Garcia. Just like the previous Limited Editions, the 2015 comes in individual coffins and uses the company’s prized Pelo de Oro leaf. Just a side note – last year didn’t see a Limited Edition put out by the Garcia’s, so the 2015 is actually the 4th installment of the series.
WRAPPER: Ecuador Habano Rosado Oscuro
BINDER: Nicaragua Corojo 2006 & Nicaragua Habano
FACTORY: MY FATHER CIGARS
APPEARANCE: This cigar is rolled flawlessly. There are no visible seams, very few veins, and the cap is placed perfectly. The cigar is firm to the touch with no soft spots noted. It is oily to the touch, and the wrapper has an appearance of a light chocolate candy bar.
PRELIGHT: Prior to lighting, I sniff the foot to see what aromas I might pick up. There is a slight sweetness, along with coffee, earth, and cedar coming from the foot.
CUT: I cut my cigar with my Xikar guillotine cutter and check the draw. The draw on the Limited Edition is excellent. The cold draw reveals caramel and mocha.
LIGHTING: I use my Xikar soft flame lighter to toast the foot of my cigar thoroughly before puffing on it to make sure it is nice and lit. The cigar lit easily.
Now let’s get into smoking this cigar!!!!!
FIRST 1/3: The first few puffs reveal what almost all Pepin cigars have in common, the Pepin spice on the retro hale and tingling on the palate. As I get into the cigar, cedar is the dominate flavor, along with a bit of pepper and leather. The aroma off the foot of the cigar is that of cedar and earth. The burn line is a little wavy but not terrible. The smoke off the foot of the cigar is light, and the smoke on the palate is thin and sharp feeling. The ash is a dark gray and holding firm. The flavors are well balanced thus far. As I get into the final first 1/3, the spice has died down a little, and there is a little creaminess to the profile, as well as a floral note. The ash is still holding strong.
SECOND 1/3: As I start the second 1/3, the spicy tingle to the palate is still present. Cedar and coffee are the prominent flavors, and the floral note is still present. The retro hale has a light spice mixed with a creamy texture. The ash is still holding on but looks like it wants to fall off. Had to touch up the burn line a little, nothing major, but it was starting to get a little out of control. As I get into the final second 1/3, there is a resurgence of the pepper on the retro hale, which is surprising as the floral note seems to be taking over the coffee and becoming the predominant flavor along with the cedar. The ash has finally fallen off around the 3” mark.
FINAL 1/3: As I get into the final 1/3, the cedar and floral notes are still predominant but the pepper is coming on strong, as the cigar seems to be amping up in strength. The ash is holding firm, and the burn line is now razor sharp. No touch ups needed. The spice on the retro hale has my nostrils stinging a bit. As I get into the final 1/3, there is a new twist on the flavor profile. It was so subtle, I almost didn’t notice. Cinnamon has now joined the flavor profile, and the coffee has returned to go along with the cedar and floral notes. The flavors seem to marry so well, and the transition from medium to full is so smooth. What a fantastic cigar!
As I have stated earlier in my review, this is the 4th installment in the Limited Edition Series, as there wasn’t a Limited Edition released in 2014. In my opinion, this might be the best Limited Edition yet in the series. It starts out medium + and finishes full-on-full strength and body, but somehow manages to stay smooth. This being Limited means it won’t be around long. This is one amazing cigar that is a MUST TRY – MUST HAVE cigar. This cigar has found its way into my humidor, and if it was a regular production cigar, it would be an everyday cigar for me. The My Father Limited Edition 5th Anniversary gets a 4.5/5 on the overall strength and a 5/5 on the overall rating.
SMOKE TIME: Smoke time will vary from person to person. I really enjoyed this cigar so much I didn’t want it to end. I got all of 3 hours out of it before I had to let it go.