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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Don Pepin Garcia (My Father Cigars) My Father La Opulencia Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Tom (Silverstix)
90
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member brlesq (Bruce).  The cigar provided for this round is the My Father La Opulencia Robusto.

Combine My Father and Le Bijou and you've got Opulencia:

My Father Cigars have come a long way since their start in a tiny cigar factory in Miami's Little Havana nearly a decade and a half ago. Since then, they’ve grown into a go-to brand for cigar enthusiasts, regularly receiving outstanding reviews from critics and several top-25 honors. And we expect no less for the newest entry into this storied brand — My Father La Opulencia. A box-pressed vitola presented in six exquisite offerings, La Opulencia is here to redefine the premium cigar experience.

Featuring elements of the original My Father and Le Bijou, the La Opulencia utilizes an opulent Mexican Rosado Oscuro wrapper encasing flavorful Nicaraguan filler. This premium cigar has a smooth and creamy taste with leather and cocoa nuances. Each sample that went across our office burnt beautifully and smoothly down to the end.


Length:
5.25
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Corojo
Criollo
Wrapper:
Mexico
Color:
Oscuro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with water

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

Those Pepin bands!! Awesome, they are truly art. Dark brown/Colorado maduro wrapper. On the dry side, couple of veins, but a very nice looking wrapper leaf with a good bit of tooth. That strong Nicaraguan earthy smell on the foot and the wrapper, a rich tobacco. Very nice.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

Toasted up great, and we're off to the races. Burn line right away gets a little wavy and stays this way throughout, but I never had to touch it up, just kept an eye on it and it behaved itself. Went out on me at the start of the 3/3. Tons of smoke comes easily on the draw. Bright white ash that came off in solid 1" chunks.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Draw is perfect, perhaps a *touch* too open for me but I'm not complaining.  This is a well made cigar. I do seem to have some issues with Pepin cigars not burning the straightest, some are worse than others, but this one was ok with a little bit of TLC and attention.

Flavor: 32 Points of 35 Possible

Right out the gate, this cigar has it going on. It's a medium-full body for me, medium strength. Surprisingly, I didn't get the hit of pepper I was expecting based on the look/smell/Pepin name. It was there, but it wasn't too overpowering and it didn't dominate the cigar. I got your classic Nicaraguan earthy, cocoa, Christmas type spice on this one. The difference I found in La Opulencia compared to other Pepin cigars is it had a distinct creamy feel too it that kind of brought everything together. Got full-bodied in the last 3/3 and the pepper ratcheted up, but I did enjoy it.

Summary

Thank you very much to Bruce for organizing this and including me in the process. I love smoking a cigar with a reviewer's mindset and paying attention to all the little details.  I think this was probably one of my favorite Pepin cigars. Right up there with their Connecticut, at least for my tastes. I don't typically like the pepper bombs, but I do appreciate rich earthy tobacco and that is exactly what this cigar had plenty of. What made La Opulencia stand out for me was the creaminess to the smoke which balanced it out nicely and made it a very easy cigar to smoke. This was my first La Opulencia but I would not hesitate to grab a 5'er of these.



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