Bite Size Review: My Father La Promesa
The death of the ‘V’ cut. I’ll be the first to admit I rarely bend to conventional wisdom, but I impulsively bought into what I thought was the next big thing and gave into the craze sweeping the cigar world: the ‘V’ cutter. For those not in the know, the ‘V’ cutter (portable or table top) is similar to the guillotine style cutter, but instead of a flat, single/double blade you push together, the ‘V’ cutter sports a thick piece of metal folded into a ‘V’ pattern that is pushed down onto the cap of the cigar carving a ‘V’-shaped canal that resembles the nock of an arrow.
I used my ‘V’ cutter exclusively while dust grew on my punches and double guillotine cutters. I pampered it, I bought them for friends, whipped it out of my fancy Peter James case proudly at social gatherings to the oohs and ahhs of fascinated guests. I swore up and down I would never use anything else. But then a funny thing happened. I was at a function somewhere without my case containing my beloved accessories when a spontaneous cigar opportunity (SCO, by the way) presented itself. So, I had to use a boring, ol’ run-of-the-mill guillotine cutter and someone’s blow torch of a lighter that could quickly transform a beard into a Tiki torch and double as an acetylene welder.
I immediately noticed that the draw was better. And the combustion was better or, at least the cigar wasn’t canoeing to the point that it resembled an incense holder. Just coincidence? Maybe. But, as an experiment, I decided to use my Xikar Xi1 for a week. Draws were better, not perfect, but definitely better. Combustion? Ditto. The moral of the story is sometimes the old, tried and true methods remain the most effective. And speaking of sticking with what works, Pepín Garcia of My Father Cigars has created another honey of a cigar.
After over 16 years in business, a factory full of accolades and honors, Garcia, the master Cuban roller, decided to pay tribute to his family and more importantly the promise he made to his family that when he left Cuba for the US, he would make it in this cruel world. Crush it is more like it. This promise became the inspiration for La Promesa. Debuting at the 2019 IPCPR show, the oily Rosado Oscuro-wrapped Nicaraguan beauty is made with Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves from the Garcia farms and produced at the My Father Cigars S. A. Factory in Estelí.
Our La promesa has spent just under 5 months in our Bullpen humidor. The oily Oscuro wrapper takes on a mottled, milk chocolate hue and is drool worthy. Sporting a nice triple cap and a seamless roll, our Toro shows some lumps and veins and while it feels solid throughout, it does get firmer closer to the cap. Aromas from the Oscuro wrapper don’t disappoint imparting a nice mix of chocolate and leather while the foot provides a familiar coffee bean scent with hints of graham cracker. The draw is open and offers a pleasant mix of leather and raisins.
Kicking things off, the profile is more subdued than expected, perhaps allowing the complexity to be more pronounced. The initial mélange of salt and black pepper, roasted nuts, leather and cream is mesmerizing. There’s more leather on the draw finishing with a toasty, nuttiness. Medium bodied, complex, smooth…and drop dead delicious. The opening flavor salvo while consistent, fades in short order, but transitions remain flavorful shored up by a savory, woody core with notes of chocolate, nutmeg and espresso. Finishes remain nutty, but become dry late.
Our La Promesa likes to be puffed frequently as I found out when it went out on me (might have been a touch too humid). Combustion over all is great, but it is not a big smoke producer and the ash goes from flaky to compact (harder toward the cap). For those out there who like a steady stream of complexity throughout, you might be disappointed in La Promesa. If the price tag exceeded $9, I might be too. Looks and performance over all is excellent and the value is decent. While the blend provides glimmers of awesomeness – and it IS tasty – La Promesa’s profiles don’t allow it to distant itself enough from others to be unique. – In Fumo Pax!
Recommendation: 5 Packer
Did you Know: Pepín Garcia and My Father Cigars also make cigars for Tatuaje and Miami Cigar and Co.
- Profile: Med-Full
- Vitola: Toro
- Length / Ring Gauge: 6.0″ x 52
- Purchased: B&M
- Origin: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Oscuro
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Blade: Xikar Xi1
- Fire: Colibri Firebird
- Price: $8.75 [Box $175]
- Humidor Age: 4.5 mo.
- Box: 20
- Other Vitolas: Robusto Grande [5.5″X54], Lancero [7.5″X38], Petite [4.5″X50], Corona Gorda [5.5″X48]
N O T E S
Smoke Time: 1:26
Construction: Mottled milk chocolate hue; triple cap; oily; seamless; solid, but gets harder towards cap; lumpy; veiny; holds 1″ flaky ash; weak smoke producer.
- Wrapper – Leather, chocolate
- Foot – Coffee bean, hint of graham cracker
- Cold Draw – leather, raisins
- Initial: Subdued profile of salt and black pepper on palate with roasted nuts, leather and cream notes on retro; lush leathery draw and leather nucleus; toasty, nutty finish; medium bodied; notes of oak add to finish; consistent, but complexity fades.
- Transition: Woody core with savory, woody draw; hints of chocolate and nutmeg on retro; maintains nutty finish, but with an espresso overlay; cedar tang and light spice on palate; finish smacks of dark chocolate and paper late; profile takes on secondary cherry essence.
- Transition: Full bodied, robust profile of earth and chocolate; overall becomes very dry; wood notes most prominent; finish returns to more nutty with some espresso carry over; cedar draw and still very flavorful.
Complexity: Very good
Balance: Very good
Touch ups: 1
Combustion: Very Good
Weaknesses: Uneven burn at times; prone to flame out; becomes dry late
Recommendation: 5 Packer
- 5 packer
- Yard ‘gar
- NR [No Recommendation]