My Father, The Judge – Cigar Review

Today we are reviewing Don Pepin’s My Father, The Judge cigar.

This is a pic of a My Father, The Judge cigar standing vertical allongside a box of them

I was asked to do this review by our friend Renee Westrvelt!

The story began in 2003 when Don Pepin Garcia and his family established a small cigar factory in Little Havana, which is Miami’s Cuban heart.

Never imagining that through his love and passion for cigars, he would build one of the most recognized companies in the cigar industry.

Born in Cuba in 1950, when Jose Pepin Garcia was eleven years old, he rolled his first cigar, probably never imagining that his name would one day be synonymous with fine premium cigars.

“It is about a lifelong passion! It is not just about a cigar, it is a dream – the Garcia’s dream!”

says, Jose Pepin Garcia.

In 2009 Garcia opened the My Father Cigar Factory in Estelli Nicaragua, also known as the Garcia Family Industrial Park.

Don Pepin Garcia who was recognized as “America’s Hottest Cigar Maker” by Cigar Aficionado in 2008

In 2012 the Flor de Las Antillas was voted best cigar of the year

(from their website) The Garcia Family continues to follow the tradition they lived and learned in Cuba and proudly own two factories, the headquarters in Doral, which is a boutique factory with a team of twelve expert cigar rollers trained by Don Pepin himself. The other is the Garcia Family Industrial Park in Estelí, Nicaragua with more than three hundred cigar rollers. Both factories are responsible for the twelve company owned brands that exist in the marketplace today.

Pepin’s traditions, heart and soul go into every cigar we make. The strict execution of time-tested Cuban cigar making methods ensure that every cigar we make provides the best possible smoking experience.

The Judge

Cloaked in a gorgeous dark brown Sumatra Oscuro wrapper, who’s subtle sweetness hides an inner strength, this full-bodied blend is rounded out by three different Nicaraguan fillers, all grown on the Garcia’s farms as well as Corojo and Criollo binders. Offered in two box pressed sizes; a 6×56 Toro and a 5×60 Grand Robusto that are packaged in elegant 23 count boxes, echoing the original My Father line with a unique and distinctive label recreated from an antique 1905 Victorian lithograph.

My Experience

The Construction: Smooth Chocolate brown wrapper, with minor blemishes and a double cap

The Draw: Excellent draw, with just a slight tightness, making it easy and enjoyable to smoke

The Burn: Very good burn, and just a ton of smoke. No touch ups and only one relight (my fault).

Flavor Profile: Smell: cocoa and nut Cold Draw: Cocoa and nut. Retrohale: Pepper

Notes: Smooth cool burning stick throughout, slight over shadow of pepper through the first half, then it really settled down to a nice nutty cocoa flavor through to the end.

You Can’t Go Wrong

I have yet to smoke a My Father stick that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. They have been consistent throughout the years and always at a nice affordable price.

I am also a big fan of Don Pepin Garcia Original, I rarely pass one up when I see them.
As I mentioned in the video, this review was by request and I want to remind y’all that if there is a cigar you would like me to review, or a cigar bar you would like to visit or any type of cigar adventure you recommend, just drop me a line in the comments section below and we will try to accommodate you!

Smooth Smoking!

4 Comments

    • Hi Renee: Thanks for checking out My Father, The Judge. One of my favorite smaller sticks by My Father Cigars is the Flor de Las Antillas in the 6×52 size. The flavor profile is a lot different than the Judge, with it Nicaraguan binder and Corojo wrapper makes it one of My Fathers award winning cigars and the taste is a lot different.
      Thanks again for checking us out!

    • Hi Doug Thanks for checking out My Father The Judge – Cigar Review! Yeah, you can’t go wrong with My Father. When I was doing my home work for the Judge, I saw a lot about the Flor De Las Antillas, which has won many awards, so I picked one up and will be reviewing it soon.

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