What would you do if you won the lottery jackpot? Do you think your lifestyle would change? I used to watch the tv show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous as a kid. My jaw would be constantly falling down as I admire the mansions, cars, pools, yada yada. I suppose I'm dating myself and I should have said MTV Cribs. If you weren't sure what kind of show I was talking about, you do now! Diamond encrusted spatulas and golden toilets are a level of opulence I'm no longer interested in though. These days, I'd prefer to spend my jackpot on more logical investments. That said, I'd still toss logic out the window when it comes to cigars and simply load up! Pipedreams....back to reality. I may not have a winning lotto ticket, but I do get to smoke the My Father La Opulencia. With how elegant and luxurious the cigar looks, I have to keep reminding myself that I don't have a personal chef in the kitchen whipping up snacks. Guess I'll have to make them myself later, like a nOrMaL person. After this gorgeous smoke though, of course!
Cigar: My Father La Opulencia Toro
Factory: My Father S.A. - Estelí, Nicaragua
Size: 6 x 54
Wrapper: Mexican Rosado Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo & Criollo
It doesn't take much gazing to realize that this cigar is beautiful from head to toe. As with all My Father cigars, the main and secondary bands are top notch. Thick, colorful, embossed, and applied with a perfectly snug fit. The cap was clean & sturdy. Mexico sure knows how to pump out a wrapper and this rosado oscuro is a perfect example. The veins had all but vanished and the entire wrapper had a soft grit feel which had my fingers bouncing over the tooth in admiration. The only point off came from a couple of minor dents. Who knows where those came from. A 9 or a 10, either way, this cigar looks scalding hot.
Hooray for a perfect draw! I used a large punch cut and it delivered exactly what I needed. No tools were pulled out and easy-does-it the whole time. Boom - love it.
The burn line maintained very well throughout the session and was just outside of razor straight. I didn't have to apply any additional fire and what minor deviation it was thinking about doing, it thought otherwise. All ash remained firm and stayed on either the cigar or in the ashtray. No lap drops. The overall performance was pleasant with zero complications such as swelling or cracking.
1/3 - Puff puff and we're off with fresh leather and a general nuttiness. As things heat up, there is a note of hickory that becomes pretty noticeable. I can sense mild bubblegum in the background that oddly compliments the hickory. Further in I'm greeted by red pepper and a bag of mixed dried fruit.
2/3 - Blazing into the 2nd third and there is some transitions happening. Coffee with a splash of cream decides to take the microphone. The bag of mixed dried fruit must have been dropped and now it's everywhere. Classic dark chocolate of course has to show up, although I'm never bummed out about that. The bubblegum has switched to chewy nougat. At this stage the retro is still super smooth that feels "clean" with a white pepper finish.
3/3 - More delicious changes in the final third. Hickory has reemerged with a twangy vengeance and has spicy choco and humus as riding partners. The leather has darkened and become juicier. The finish has moved into floral territory and it leaves a rose petal sensation on the palate.
Wow. This cigar not only looks wonderful, but has a delicious flavor profile to match. On top of that, the performance was hassle-free too. Each third was complex and somewhat different from the previous section. My Father makes fantastic cigars and I can't even remember the last time I was disappointed with one of them. This is a box-worthy cigar according to my analysis and I strongly recommend!
**Number of cigars smoked for the review: 1